MasterChef champion Tim Anderson opens Nanban izakaya and ramen restaurant in Brixton

MasterChef champion Tim Anderson opens Nanban izakaya and ramen restaurant in Brixton

MasterChef winning chef Tim Anderson has announced the forthcoming opening of his ‘combination izakaya and ramen’ restaurant in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

MasterChef champion Tim Anderson opens Nanban izakaya and ramen restaurant in Brixton

The American born chef won the MasterChef competition in at the age of 26 in 2011, and went on to work as a chef, sommelier of beer, and resident chef for Malaysia Kitchen before publishing his own book earlier this year, “Nanban: Japanese Soul Food.”

The menu for his Brixton venture will feature traditional southern Japanese food – as seen during his residency at the adjacent Market House bar last year – and below we’ve listed the opening menu that Brixtonites and tourists will soon be able to enjoy:

MasterChef champion Tim Anderson opens Nanban izakaya and ramen restaurant in Brixton

A bit of history

The new restaurant takes over the former Gyoza, a Japanese and Chinese restaurant at 426, Coldharbour Lane, SW9.

Previously an Eel & Pie House, the building managed to survive nearly being burnt down in the 1981 Brixton Riots, but finally closed around 1996. Check out the full story here – complete with ‘Then And Now’ photos – or join in the discussion about Brixton’s old Eel & Pie house on our bulletin boards.

Anderson says that he intends to restore many of the building’s original features, including reworking the agglomerated stone floor, brickwork, and dark hardwood panelling.

There will be a mixture of bar, booth, and table seating on offer, with the restaurant taking reservations but also accommodating walk-ins.

The booze

A collaboration with Hackney brewery Pressure Drop will see NanbanKanpai being offered – a yuzu-orange-grapefruit wheat IPA – plus there will be draft Kirin, and craft beers from Williams Bros, Kelpie, Hitachino Nest, Bristol Beer Factory, and Wild Beer Co., plus Japanese whiskies and a variety of shochu from Kyushu as well as sake and Japanese tea.

“I am beyond excited to be opening in Brixton. Since moving to south London I’ve quickly fallen in love with the whole neighborhood; there is a great sense of community here, and of course an amazing array of food.” Anderson told Hot Dinners.

“I’m grateful to all of those who have stuck with us over the past few years. It is because of this support that this is finally happening, and I can’t wait to welcome you all for a bowl of ramen and a beer.”

Nanban opens at 426 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF, Brixton on September 25, with a soft launch from 25th-27th September offering with 50% off food.

More info on their website and on twitter @nanbanlondon.