Peckham is fast becoming one of the best places to eat in London, with a spring of cool new eateries, great street food spots, and creative independents opening. Kudu on Queens Road Peckham is the latest to join the party and prove there’s no sign of it getting boring soon…
Once upon a time a chicken shop, Kudu is Instagram gold with its dusky pink-washed walls, parquet floors, copper finishes and mid-century furniture. I’d seen it and bookmarked it before I’d even heard anything about it. (That’s the other thing about these Peckham places — Aside, Coal Rooms, Pedler...their interiors really pack a punch too).
South-African inspired, Kudu is a small and intimate spot, only open Wednesday-Sunday for dinner, and for weekend brunch too. And you can book a table (hallelujah!). The dinner menu is made up of intriguing, seasonal dishes, and is where the South African-influence really comes through. Expect pigs head tortellini with mushroom and hay broth, braai roasted lamb, fried globe artichokes, and salt baked carrots with kefir, grapefruit and sorrel. Pretty meat heavy, the good news is they offer a full vegetarian menu too!
I’m yet to try the dinner, but went for Saturday brunch this weekend and loved it. It was packed (luckily we booked a table!), service was perfect, and the food was all spot on. My shakshuka was delicious and full of flavour, with a rich tomato sauce, burnt cavolo nero and parmesan crisps adding a little salty crunch. My two friends both got the Kudu roll and raved about it: a brioche bun with thick bacon, a fried egg, avocado, and spicy chipotle mayo.
All in all, a hit. Add it to your list!
KUDU, 119 QUEEN'S ROAD, PECKHAM, LONDON, SE15 2EZ