Opening their doors this week in Peckham are Bando Belly - a new food business that's a perfect mash up of food cultures. Serving up soul food fusion, it's the brainchild of Londoners Naz Ramadan and Alex Situnayake (who's also behind boozy ice pop brand Wavey Ice). The duo reckon they've come up with a menu that perfectly matches London's vibe.
Dishes are inspired by the food cultures of America, the Caribbean, South East Asia and - crucially - South London. What that translates to on the menu is dishes like:
- Caramel Bae crispy crab burger
- Crispy jumbo soft shell crab with Old Bay slaw and chilli caramel
- Philly Banh Mi Cheesesteaks
- Trini chickpea Bara taco with curry chickpeas and smacked cucumber
- Battered and fried oreos served with sweet milk sauce
Alex Situnayake sets out their stall thus: "We wanted to create a bold and culturally relevant brand to disrupt the traditionally Euro-centric and often whitewashed London food scene. Bando Belly is a nod to everything that inspires us about London - including all the nitty gritty parts! We don't sell natural wine and pizza - we make food that we've grown up with and dishes we've enjoyed on our journey to where we are now."
When London opens up again, they'll be using their location in Peckham Levels to host community-led music and creative events.
More about Bando Belly
Where is it? Unit 606 F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London, London SE15 4ST
When? 15 January 2021
How to order: Via Deliveroo or pickup through Instagram. Customers collecting their food must go to Cerise Road Car Park (Cerise Rd, Peckham, London SE15 5HQ) where a member of the team will meet you and bring your order.
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