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.