Refresh our memory, what's a Market Hall?
The first one opened in Fulham earlier this year - we wrote about that here (but note that the line-up has changed since then). Put simply it's a next-level food hall, pulling together a selection of food outlets (and bars) all under one roof - but with a pretty high pedigree on show.
And where exactly is Market Hall Victoria?
It's right outside Victoria Station, in the building right opposite the main concourse entrance (taking over the space left by Pacha). There's an entrance to Market Halls either from that site or directly across the road from Nova. So it's very close to the station, making it a very easy pit stop either for breakfast or for a drink and a snack before grabbing a train home. They even have train departure boards if you're wondering which train to catch.
What's the set-up like?
Unlike the Fulham Hall, this is currently a two storey affair, with bars and food vendors split across both - so there's a lot more space. And they're also opening a roof terrace next year - so that'll be a huge draw come spring.
So how does the ordering work - is queuing involved?
Yes and no. It depends on the vendor and the food involved but once you put your order in (there might be a small wait for that), you'll most likely get a buzzer that will alert you when your food is ready. So just look for something you fancy, order, grab a drink at the bar and a table and wait for your buzzer to go off. While it's a very easy place to eat alone - there are plenty of stools dotted around - going in at least a pair makes sure someone saves your table if either of you gets buzzed. Then you can work in a tag team while you order at different places.
So onto the food - what's there?
In total, there are 11 traders to choose from - as well as a coffee shop and the bar. We visited one lunchtime and - although we gave it a damn good try - we couldn't quite visit them all. But here's what we managed...
And there's even more?
Yes, even we can't get through all eleven traders in one lunchtime - but that doesn't mean you should miss out. Also on offer is:
- Squirrel - for food with a healthy twist, expect salads, jacket potatoes, soups, smoothies and more
- Fanny's Kebabs - apparently the most popular at the Fulham Market Hall, expect kebabs and brunch baps
- Kerbisher and Malt - if you fancy a fish and chips supper
- Press Coffee - for coffee, obviously, but also for pastries and cakes too
One thing we'd have liked to try (although it may simply not be as popular as other dishes) is a few more dessert options (like the churros in Fulham). Hopefully we'll see more of that in the future.
And what's the drink offering?
Of course, you can just come in for a quick drink if you fancy it - and for that, you've got a bar on each floor. There are cocktails, of course (£9.50 each), draft beer (we're fans of the Fable pale ale). There's also a different wine list for each bar, starting from £30 at the downstairs bar (for a Le Coste Trebbiano).
Yes, this place is going to do very nicely indeed. There's a truly eclectic mix of cuisines on offer with some absolute stunners that make the place a must visit (start with Bunshop for sure). And there's more on the horizon - look out for the Oxford Street Market in early 2019.
More about Market Halls Victoria
Where is it? Terminus Pl, Victoria, London
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Market Halls. Prices correct at time of publication.
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