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The Brixton’s New “Affordable and Accessible” Small-Plates Menu

Ditching some pub standards, Chef Pimentel looks to London street food for inspiration.

Scotch egg: no longer on the menu at the Brixton. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

In late November, I turned in a review of the Brixton that appeared in the January issue of Washingtonian. Since then, the menu at the restaurant has undergone significant changes, as a commenter pointed out in the online version of the article. Of the dishes I liked best in my four trips to the Brixton, only the fish and chips and samosas remain. Gone are the (excellent) lamb chops with tzatziki and the little tuna tartare towers on pear slices. Gone, too, is that pub standard shepherd’s pie, along with one of the best Scotch eggs I’ve tried.

In place of apps and entrĂ©es, chef Jorge Pimentel’s new menu—introduced in early January—is made up of three salads and 19 globe-trotting small plates. Shrimp gyoza, posole, and quibe rarely vie for space on the same menu, but the new selections, which range from $6 to $10, are meant to reflect the international London neighborhood for which the restaurant is named. “The current dishes take reference from street food in Brixton,” says a restaurant rep. The new menu is also “more affordable and accessible,” according to the rep. Pimentel took over for the Brixton’s original chef, Jeffrey Jew, whom you may remember from the first few episodes of Top Chef: Seattle. Its owners, the Hilton brothers, seem comfortable with change—they recently transformed 14th Street restaurant Blackbyrd, best known for an oyster happy hour, into Hanoi House, specializing in Vietnamese pho.

Have you been to the Brixton in the past few weeks and tried the new dishes? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Jasonpoe

    I don't understand these haters, I love this place! The food is great, drinks are on point and it has a nice relaxed vibe

  • Jobs223

    Overpriced and swagger-jacking to a maximum. I couldn't believe how expensive the beers and food is. No wonder it's never filled for dinner.

  • hackney

    Totally agree with sewsewsoso. What a joke this place is. An insult to the historic and complex and fascinating neighborhood of Brixton, and to British pub culture in general. This place is emblematic of everything I believe to be wrong with the DC restaurant/bar scene in the past couple years - bland, overpriced, yuppified, overwrought/overdesigned places with no hint of authenticity or originality or perspective, where everyone looks the same and sounds the same and behaves the same.

  • sewsewsoso

    I wonder what Eddie Huang would say about this. This is global swagger jacking. I don't think you will find posole in Brixton or London or anywhere in Great Britain, but it's cheap to make and sounds exotic. This sounds like the Times Square of food.

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