One time MasterChef winner Tim Anderson — who runs the Japanese-inspired Nanban in Brixton — has launched a new quick-service takeaway hatch under the name of Nanban Express. It is located at 21 Electric Lane, round the corner from the sit-down parent restaurant on Coldharbour Lane. Its focus is on the of-the-moment katsu sandwich, as originally reported by Hot Dinners.
Where Nanban proper is closed for lunch Monday to Thursday, Express — which opened last Tuesday — will trade every Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm.
“We are planning for it to be permanent and may extend our hours and offering in the future, but for now it’s just sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks!” Anderson told Eater this lunchtime.
The full menu at Nanban itself — which includes drinks and picnic packs to takeaway during normal trading hours — is served from Monday to Thursday, 5pm — 10pm and Friday to Sunday, midday — 10pm.
The menu at the Express kiosk is short, and focused: three types of katsu sandwich — pork, chicken, and miso aubergine; and three salads — tomato, sesame chicken, and ponzu aubergine. To drink, there’s cold green or oolong tea, and lemonade, or ginger beer.