Arancini Brothers – arancini (risotto) balls

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The grub: Italian risotto balls known as arancini. These have crunchy breadcrumb casings opening up to creamy homemade risotto made with stretchy mozzarella, strong cheddar cheese and fresh herbs. Buy them on their own, smashed up in a tortilla wrap with garlic mayo or with salad. This is crunchy, comfort food that you can eat on the hoof or take home with you – they’re also gluten free and veggie friendly.

The vibe: Pleasant. There is sometimes a queue at this green and black market stall but the guys are fast at wrapping to ensure that you don’t have to stand in line long – plus they’ll chat to you while you wait. Anyway, it’s fun seeing the arancini sizzling away on the hot plate or watching as they get wrapped up under your nose.

The story: Two New Zealanders David Arkin (big D) and David Earl (little D) started hand rolling arancini in 2009 simply because they wanted to have “everyone in the United Kingdom eating arancini, whenever the chance… ” Seeing how well they went down at London’s markets and UK festivals they then opened their own shop, Factory Cafe in Kentish Town.

The tab: £1.50/2 balls, £4/wrap, £4.50/salad box (comes with 4 balls)

Get the lowdown: midday-6pm(ish) Fri/Sat/Sun, Real Food Market, Southbank, SE1; 12-4pm, Sat/Sun, Venn Street Market, Clapham Common, SW4; Monthly markets include: 11am-3.30pm, last Wed of the month at UCL International Food Market, South Quad, WC1E; first Thursday of month at One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M; 3rd Thurs of month at Regent’s Place Market, NW1; last Thurs of month, Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, SW1E (Factory Cafe on 115a Kentish Town Road, NW1). Check for updates on Twitter @Arancinibros, Arancinibrothers.com .

Map of their sites here.

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4 Responses to “Arancini Brothers – arancini (risotto) balls”
  1. Sarah says:

    I went to St Katherine’s Dock today to try and find you… I’ve been living in Hong Kong for the past year and was so excited about having one of your AMAZING wraps for lunch! I really do salivate when thinking about them and I can’t rate them more highly! You weren’t there though :((( !!! I am determined to find you again though and get my arancini fix!

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