119 Queen's Road, London SE15 2EZ
Peckham’s (Queen’s Road) new addition and well worth the wait! Offering a selection of interesting small plates, the menu is nicely affordable and inspired by South African cuisine.
With a cosy retro appeal, the venue is small but intimate (the dimly lit hanging orbs set the scene) and the walls are adorned in a subtle dusky pink plaster and set off by beautiful aquamarine tiles, the eclectic tables are marble topped and the seating is finished off with numerous comfy cushions and crushed velvet banquettes, think vintage, think laid back.
The signature bread dishes were exciting (a sweetish Afrikaner loaf similar to a brioche) and pleasantly unusual; we went for the baby shrimp in melted butter option, OMG amazing!! Naughty but very nice, the baked fluffy bread appeared in a cast-iron skillets (to size) and was apparently cooked over an open flames, you then broke off pieces of the bread directly from the pot and dipped it into to the accompanying cast iron frying pan containing flavoured melted butter to moisten the bread and scoop up all the additional ingredients, just gorgeous and a very satisfying process! We added a few fresh oysters to our starter order too, which were plump and really tasty
The mains were hearty with a small group of options, all very well thought out, we went for the medium rare Beef onglet (for two) served with hipsi roasted cabbage and a deliciously rich dipping sauce sprinkled with spicy black pepper, the ribbon Zucchini with wild berries and crème fresh also supported the dish really well too.
Comfort food with a touch of class, a decent wine list (South African options of course) and a good choice of classic cocktails, all served by very polite, thoughtful and helpful staff, we LOVED it.