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Hungry Hustle South London soul food

Hats off to Bando Belly who have started a soulful new food outlet in the pandemic!

Coming to the capital in January 2021, Bando Belly is South East London’s brand-new eatery pioneering ‘soul food fusion’. The carefully curated and mouth-watering dishes from Bando Belly are available via delivery and pickup – enabling Londoners from all boroughs to satisfy their taste buds. Born out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bando Belly is opening its doors on Friday 15 January at Peckham Levels (Level 5), South London’s cultural and social hub - sitting amongst a range of other local and independent businesses. Bando Belly has created its own signature soul food fusion cuisine with flavours inspired by America, the Caribbean, South East Asia and primarily and most importantly - multicultural London and its rich and diverse food heritage. Its unique menu features complex flavours from around the globe with elements from traditional cuisines. Dishes on the menu include Bando Belly’s spin on traditional Trinidadian doubles with its Bara Tacos (fried bread with a chickpea filling), Slow Roasted Lamb Ribs with a South East Asian influence (topped with smacked cucumbers, fish sauce, fresh mint), Soft Shell Crab with a delicious and fragrant soy caramel drizzle, Old Bay seasoned Shrimp, Philly Banh Mi Cheesesteaks, Korean-inspired Fried Chicken Burgers, and its special Deep-Fried Oreos. Prices for main dishes start from £10 and sides are available from £5.

Founded by London-based young foodpreneurs Naz Ramadan and Alex Situnayake (also Founder of the UK’s boozy ice pop brand Wavey Ice), Bando Belly has embraced the capital’s multiculturalism to create London’s very own soul food with a unique twist. Using the space in Peckham Levels, Bando Belly also plans to host community-led music and creative events to be the go-to spot for all-round great vibes. Both the founders have roots in South London and shared a passion for inventing their own dishes inspired by their favourite flavours from across the city and other countries. They believed that every region or country has its own soul food but found it strange that one of the most multicultural cities in the world didn’t have one, so together they set out to create London’s very own soul food. Naz and Alex met in 2016 at Kitchen 54 – an American-style café and restaurant on Queen’s Road, Peckham ran by Naz and her mum, but it wasn’t until late 2020, that the pair reunited to put their stamp on London’s vibrant food and drink scene. Bando Belly’s motto ‘The Hungry Hustle’, encapsulates the hustle-hard ethos which comes from striving to survive in a bustling city like London where it is often easier to fail than succeed. The lockdown was a catalyst for the creation of Bando Belly, where the Founders were inspired to bring people back together and strengthen the local community through its culturally diverse food offering. Under lockdown restrictions, Peckham Levels is currently closed to members of the public, but Londoners can still fulfil their cravings and get their hands on Bando Belly’s grub with delivery via Deliveroo and pickup orders via Deliveroo and Instagram*. www.bandobelly.com

Peckham Levels www.peckhamlevels.org Peckham Levels is a project that gives local talent access to the space and networks they need to create thriving enterprises.