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Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan Among Additions to New West London Food Hall

Butchies and the Soft Serve Society will also open at Market Halls in Fulham — plus Fanny’s Kebabs goes home

Chef’s Table star Asma Khan sits at a restaurant booth.
Asma Khan, of Darjeeling Express and now Calcutta Canteen
Market Halls [Official Photo]

Market Halls, the ambitious new London food hall business co-founded by Simon Anderson (of Pitt Cue fame) and Andy Lewis-Pratt, has announced the full list of vendors who will comprise the offering at the company’s first site, which launches in Fulham next month.

The first Market Hall will be housed in the Grade II-listed Edwardian former ticket hall of Fulham Broadway underground station, and will house nine kitchens, a deli, coffee shop and bar, and dining space for over 200 guests.

In addition to the previously announced Thima by Farang, Yard Sale Pizza, and Claude’s Deli, will be:

  • Calcutta Canteen: a new concept from Asma Khan (who founded Soho’s Darjeeling Express in 2017) inspired by the street food of Calcutta. Think Kati rolls, Puchkas, and Chaat and Hulki lentil fritters, alongside masala chai and fresh mango lassi.
  • Hot Box: inspired by Texan barbecue culture, Hot Box was founded as a street food stall by Basit and Preeya Nasim, before they launched their Spitalfields restaurant in 2014. Dry-rubbed meats are slow-cooked over hickory and oak to yield rich, smokey cuts of meat “melt in your mouth”.
  • Ahi Poke: the pioneers of the Hawaiian fish bowls will bring their Pacific-inspired fare to Fulham — all the fish is from responsibly sourced from sustainable sources, while fruit and vegetables come from local growers where possible.
  • Butchies: from Broadway Market stall to Shoreditch up-and-comer, Butchies’ free-range fried chicken has been a hit in the east for years; no doubt it’ll take off in the west, too.
  • Fanny’s Kebabs: another from Claude Compton (of Claude’s Deli) and friends Jim Morris and Jacek Bilinski, Fanny’s launch in Stoke Newington earlier this year was a rocky ride, but the trio are returning to their home turf, and bringing their kebabs with them.
  • Soft Serve Society: dessert at Market Halls Fulham comes by way of Soft Serve, who will be serving up its “premium” ice creams, bubble teas, and sundaes. Expect elaborate creations involving candy floss, popcorn and other very Instagram-worthy adornments.

In addition, the Fulham Market Hall coffee shop will be, as previously announced, operated by Press Coffee, while the bar will “champion independent British-made beers, spirits and soft drinks”. Cornish brewery Harbour is providing a “Market Helles” house lager for the project, while a range of other local craft brews will be available on draught and in bottles/cans.

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