In a nutshell: Peckham gets a South Afrian inspired eatery
Summing it all up: South African-inspired dishes with locally foraged ingredients make the arrival of Kudu in Peckham one to put on the to-try list.
We all know that Peckham's one of London's key foodie scenes, but the arrival just before Christmas of new neighbourhood spot Kudu is definitely one to watch out for. Not only does the menu read incredibly well, but one half of the team has serious restaurant heritage in her blood.
Amy Corbin is the daughter of Chris Corbin who, in turn, is one half of Corbin & King - the duo behind many of London's top restaurants including the Wolseley, Colony Bar and Grill and the Delaunay.
She's making her first foray into the restaurant world with her partner Patrick Williams. Williams, who was previous sous chef at Paradise Garage, will be head chef here. He hails from South Africa and you'll find that influencing the food here.
"Our South African roots inspire our food," they say, "whether that's slow cooking in a potjie pot over hot coals, or baking our delicious Kudu bread. Sourced as much as possible from local suppliers, we celebrate hunters & foragers and gather what we can from our own herb garden and vegetable plot."
As for the menu dishes for dinner kick off strong - that kudu bread mentioned above comes either with melted lardon butter and parsley or with melted seafood butter and baby prawns. Main dishes include:
- Chicken liver parfait, leek ash cracker
- Pigs head tortellini, mushroom & hay broth, crispy onions
- Mussel potjie pot, seaweed gnocchi
- Braai lamb neck, smoked yogurt, lettuce, brussel tops
- Braai cauliflower, raisin puree, purple kale
- Whole mallard duck, honey & garlic glaze
- Innes log, walnut toast, rooibos quince
Weekend brunch sounds just as enticing with Boerewors sausage, romesco, white beans, onion soubise as a savoury option or French toast chocolate babka, orange cream and miso caramel to which you can add bacon or candy kumquat.
More about Kudu
Where is it? 119 Queens Road, Peckham, London SE15 2EZ
When does it open? 10 January 2018
Soft launch details: 10 and 11 Jan 2018 with 50% off food (dinner only)
How to book: Visit their website and 25% of the tables are no reservations.