James Walters is a self-taught chef and the driving force behind the successful Arabica Food and Spice Company, and the recently launched Arabica Bar and Kitchen in Borough Market.
James’ passion of Levantine produce began at Borough Market over 14 years ago, where he began selling a small range of simple mezze from an eight foot trestle table. The demand grew rapidly and Arabica Food and Spice has since established itself as an online shop, with additional outposts in Selfridges Food Hall, Real Food Market and Broadway Market.
In June 2014 James traded in his stall at Borough Market and opened Arabica Bar and Kitchen. The 80 cover bar and restaurant serves Levantine inspired food and cocktails; and on market days the Arabica street cart offers a range of mezze, falafels, shawarma wraps and pastries to take away.
‘It’s good, you should go’ Giles Coren, Saturday Times Magazine
‘No belly dancing, just great food, smart drinks and warm service’
Guy Dimond, Time Out