Empress Market the home of Pakistani folk cuisine
Empress Market is a celebration of Pakistani food and culture, a combination of family recipes, street food & a nod to modern London lifestyle!
Our speciality is the Bun Kabab, the famous Karachi style ‘anday wala’ burger!
Empress Market hosts experiential supperclubs and private catering.
We have recently completed a food bar pop-up at the Eat17 market hall, Hammersmith.
My name is Numra and I am the founder of Empress Market, a female-led British-Pakistani food start-up.
I launched Empress Market to share a fresh perspective on modern Pakistani identity through my grandmother’s recipes. These are the dishes she brought with her when she moved to London and they allow me to connect with where I’ve come from. I describe my cooking 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 for Londoners.
Empress Market has independently grown from a cottage business to various commercial pop-up formats, with a growing female centred team. I also host private parties and themed supper clubs centred around my love for food and storytelling.
I am now looking to open my first permanent site.