Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Kudu in Peckham.
It’s always an exciting talking point when a new, local restaurant has garnered widespread praise. An opening is generally fraught with teething problems, yet Kudu – a welcome arrival on Peckham’s restaurant scene – seems to have weathered a first year with the kind of positive reviews most restaurants spend years accumulating. It’s been a topic of local conversation and I’ve been asked on several occasions what I think of the food.
I have managed to hold off on any immediate visit as I always prefer it when the initial restaurant hype has died down; however, more than eager to get onboard with the conversation, I managed to garner a recent Friday booking at the rather early time of 6.30pm.
It was surprising to find the restaurant was already abuzz when we arrived: clearly the time wasn’t as early as initially perceived. As you enter the restaurant, you feel as though you’re walking into a private, local supper club: low lighting, intimate seating and an instantly warm, familiar greeting from staff. I did notice several walk-ins reluctantly being turned away. I would say that making a booking is an absolute must.