Pakistani cafe in London
Empress Market is a celebration of Pakistani folk cuisine.
The food is a nostalgic showcase of Pakistani hospitality, a combination of family recipes, street food and a nod to modern London lifestyle served on grandmother’s crockery.
My name's Numra and I am the founder of Empress Market, a British-Pakistani food start-up.
I want to share a modern appreciation of Pakistani food and culture in London, the city I call home. I describe it as Pakistani folk cuisine, food with a depth of flavour that brings people together to create community.
In 2014 I quit my job as a documentary researcher at the BBC and opened the street food stall, Bun Kabab. I've trawled the street food hawkers of my parent's childhood in Pakistan to introduce an authentic Karachi Bun Kabab to Londoners.
I also host private parties and themed supper clubs centred around my love for food and storytelling.
In 2017 I opened a restaurant pop-up in Hackney, introducing my Pakistani home-cooking. In fact this was the first time my grandmother's recipes had been written down!
I am now on the search for a permanent spot for Empress Market, an independent Pakistani cafe in London.