Kudu is a South African-inspired restaurant, now open at Queen’s RoadFri 01 2018 | admin
Kudu is a South African-inspired restaurant, now open at Queen’s Road Peckham on soft launch for 10th and 11th January (the latter dinner-only). It opens fully on Friday 12th.
The opening comes from Amy Corbin, the daughter of restaurant royalty Chris Corbin (The Wolseley, The Delaunay) and her partner and chef Patrick Williams.
This is a very pretty restaurant; all warm, rusty hues, with reclaimed African parquet flooring and skinny brass-accented lamps. It makes us feel snug just looking at it.
There’s an ‘orangerie’ out the back, too, with gorgeous handmade Turkish tiles on the floor and raspberry coloured velvet stools. Lush.
We are struggling to think of a good South African restaurant in London, while bad examples spring to mind like a leaping kudu. Uh huh. Let’s hope this is the one to break the mould.
Chef/owner Patrick is South African and has come up with a menu of modern South African dishes, which nod to the country’s traditional dishes rather than slavishly reproducing them.
We love the sound of the pig’s head tortellini with mushroom and hay broth and crispy onions, and braai (barbecue) lamb neck with smoked yoghurt, lettuce and brussel tops.
There is a mussel potjie pot (a traditional South African cooking pot) which comes with seaweed gnocchi – like a grown-up, genuinely enticing version of the boring bland stews that have done a disservice to South African cuisine in London for so long. Can you tell we’ve been scarred by experience?
Desserts sound fab, too, like a chocolate mousse with mint ice cream and peppermint crisp (HELLO – bring back mint and chocolate, we say), plus pumpkin tart and a cheese option.
Overall, it’s a nice, short, solid-sounding menu. We can’t wait to get stuck in.
Dishes range from £6 to £15.
In a Nutshell:
We remain optimistic that it is possible to open a good South African restaurant in London. Is this it? Watch this space.