We’re really loving exploring our new neighbourhood haunts in Peckham, and last week we discovered Aside — a stripped back but perfectly formed little spot a few street back off Queens Road. It’s pretty much on my cycle home from work but do unassumingly tucked away on a sleepy residential street, you’d never spot it unless you knew about it. That is, unless you lived South East, as the guys behind it run a few restaurants this way — Coal Rooms, Spike & Earl, Old Spike Roastery — all of which are still on the neighbourhood bucket list.
A pile of seasonal, colourful vegetables sitting on the counter of the open kitchen are the first thing you see when you walk in, and inside, are a handful of Ercol tables and chairs, and a slick terrazzo bar. I’m sold. It’s a simple space but so slick you can tell it’s been meticulously planned out. It’s seasonal small plates, the short menu feels exciting and autumnal. Whilst there are a few meat dishes, I love that there are so many veggie-focused options. We share a bottle of Shiraz and devour the ridiculously moreish bread and butter before getting stuck into the menu, starting with the celeriac, chestnuts and onion which has a soup like consistency, insanely creamy and tasty. The burrata with tomato, honey and mint oil is one of my favourite dishes, along with the pumpkin with minestra nera and hazelnuts — YUM. We also share the red mullet with kale and orange, and the hake with potato and leeks — the latter being my favourite of the two. Last of the savouries, the fried potato is a major underdog on the menu, don’t overlook it. Layers of sliced potatoes are stacked into extra chunky chips then deep fried into slab-like pieces that are so naughty but mad, mad delicious.
Already I can’t wait to go back to Aside, we loved it. It's relaxed and simple but also date vibes and charming. They also do a Sunday roast too which I bet is GREAT so that’s definitely what's next on our list!
ASIDE, 56 GOLDSMITH ROAD, LONDON, SE15 5TF
*excuse the grainy iPhone pics, I left my SD card at home