Japanese restaurant Nanban from MasterChef winner coming to Greenwich

Japanese restaurant Nanban have applied to open at a site on Stockwell Street in Greenwich.

The site was Al Pancino until last year. Nanban is a venture from American chef Tim Anderson who won Masterchef in 2011. He moved to Japan in 2006 where he lived for two years before moving to London in 2008.

Those of you looking for some ramen and sake to wash it down are in luck. Mind you, the menu looks pretty eclectic in Brixton with ackee and salt fish even appearing.

Nanban already have a restaurant and bar in Brixton and Seven Dials in central London. This site is located near Greenwich Theatre and looks a great addition to the the area.


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5 thoughts on “Japanese restaurant Nanban from MasterChef winner coming to Greenwich

  • May 3, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Ah that’s who they are, I came past earlier in the weekend and saw signs saying Nanban, in the old Spreadeagle Restaurant premises windows. Good to hear.
    Happy memories of it when it was Spreadeagle, our family had the upstairs for my old dad’s retirement party around 40 years ago as we knew the then owners. Shame we can’t tempt a quality chef further into East Greenwich, but they’ll likely benefit from the W.Greenwich high earners and some pre-Theatre trade eventually too.

  • May 4, 2021 at 6:44 am

    This is excellent news for Greenwich. I wish the new restaurant every success for the future.

    As always good to see new businesses opening. Certainly after the terrible year we have all had which seriously affected the Hospitality sector and hospitality jobs.

    I agree with your comments Derek and yes it would be nice to tempt a quality chef and quality restaurants further in to East Greenwich.

  • May 6, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    The menu looks interesting, although I doubt the authenticity of the ackee and salt fish 😂 I too hope it is a success.

    • May 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      Yeah it’s a weird one. That’ve opened in Brixton and thought we better add something Caribbean.

      Still, given the chef and the reviews I’d give it a shot even though normally I’d run a mile from something so out of place that looks tacked on and thus not very good (though obvs wouldn’t try on first visit – it’d be ramen).

  • May 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    This is one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Brixton. I cannot wait. Their tea pickled eggs are superb.


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