Review: Really Rice (Mercato Metropolitano) – Borough, London

What better way to end a long day at work with a trip south of the river to Mercato Metropolitano – a bustling indoor food market which has the ability to make you feel like you’ve just walked straight into Saturday night, on a Tuesday.

Despite the many incredible food options representing every region of the world, we were here for one reason only – Really Rice. Setup by two pals from university, Really Rice represents their travels together to Cuba, France, Japan and Turkey – all with one common theme… rice.

Only a couple of years ago Kyle and Dami took a hobby of making simple rice dishes for their uni housemates, and now here at Mercato with their own stall and with plans to expand and explore new areas of London, we are absolutely loving their food and the stories behind each bite.

As if that’s not a selling point in itself, all of their dishes are vegan friendly and 100% gluten free. We’re certainly not vegans (and actually, neither are they), so we were a little skeptical if the likes of tofu could replace pulled beef – but any doubts were vanished from the first taste.

Opting for the France dish which was centred round a mushroom bourguignon, and Jessica going for Cuban quinoa, peppers and oyster mushrooms, both were absolutely delicious. The large bowls were filled with freshly cooked ingredients, grilled vegetables and brown basmati rice – making it not only outstanding in flavour, but hearty and healthy too. Whilst their menu has just the four options, all are fully customisable so you can truly make it your own.

Our time chatting to Kyle and Dami ended with a chocolate brownie each –  one with walnut and one with coconut. Again, amazingly moist and flavoursome considering the vegan slant on this classic dessert, and one which we wouldn’t dream of coming here again without making a repeat order.

A massive thanks to Really Rice for having us! It was indeed, really rice to meet you.

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary meals at Really Rice in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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26 Comments

  1. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    October 22, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time, I'll have to check it out if I'm ever in London, 🌸✨With love, Alisha Valerie x | BLOG | TWITTER |

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:46 pm

      It was so delicious and learning about how they started!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Clare Wade
    October 22, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    This place sounds absolutely amazing! I love rice, I’ll definitely have to visit this one day. It’s great that they’re gluten free too. How great that they started it in university too! Awesome post and photos. Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:47 pm

      Like who doesn’t like rice? And rice with so much flavour! All vegan and gluten free – what’s not to love?

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Chloe Dickenson
    October 22, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I'm not gonna lie – my mouth is literally watering just reading this and looking at these pictures! The dishes sound so unique and incredibly tasty; I don't think I've ever had anything like this before but I really want to now! The brownies sound the perfect way to conclude your visit too! xxwww.imjustagirl16.co.uk

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:48 pm

      Seriously, it was so tasty and so unique!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. rumz s
    October 22, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    wow! These both sound so tasty and filling – I love that it’s considerably healthier than a lot of other places to eat out too. I’m trying to go vegetarian soon so I’m on the lookout for nice places, thanks so much for sharing!!

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:48 pm

      I think that’s the best part – that it’s suitable for all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Amie Cadwallader
    October 22, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Ooooh this looks absolutely amazing! I need to go here asap! Love, Amie ❤The Curvaceous Vegan

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      So delicious!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Natonya M.
    October 22, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I'm not vegan either but I dont diacriminate against dishes rich in flavor and this looks jammed packed in the tasty department! I like the idea of being the main component behind the dishes. Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      Exactly, it has all the flavours and so filling!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Tammy Breitweiser
    October 22, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Those dishes look amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      Defo worth trying!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Morgs
    October 22, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Food markets are my absolute favourite thing! Also, those brownies look so decadent – I'm so impressed they're vegan too wow… xxMorgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      Right, so many places to pick from and trust me this is ht place to be!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Glow Steady
    October 22, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love that they've made an effort to make things vegan and gluten free even though they're not personally. The food looks incredible too x Sophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      I know right, I think that’s what gives it that extra touch as well!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. Nancy
    October 23, 2018 / 4:07 am

    The food at Really Rice looks delicious! Love that the container is made of sustainable material. Glad you enjoyed the foods! Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      It’s such a great brand for everything it stands for!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. secondstartotheright
    October 23, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    These look DELICIOUS and so filling! Definitely wouldn't say no to that brownie either!Jennyhttp://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 6:16 pm

      Was so full of flavour and so filling for sure! The brownie was the cherry on top!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  12. Cora Tea Party Princess
    October 25, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    Oh my gosh this all looks and sounds amazing, I am actually drooling.Is it weird that I can almost smell it?Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      If only we could share the smell because the smell was just as amazing!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  13. CharleneMcElhinney
    November 24, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Totally drooling over the chocolate brownies over here, ooommmmggggg! Charlene McElhinneyhttps://charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • foodandbaker1
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      Right! So different too – much more rich as it was vegan!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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