With a slew of new restaurants popping up in the area, Peckham is fast becoming one of London’s most exciting dining destinations. From rustic Italian fare to contemporary Thai cooking, this is where to eat in SE15.
Artusi is a minimal neighbourhood restaurant that treats seasonal produce without pretension; the kitchen is more concerned with making the food delicious rather than showy. The menu isn’t long and changes regularly, but it focusses on rustic Italian dishes. There’s always fresh pasta and a selection of meat and fish for il secondo. A large chalkboard menu dominates the small, stripped-back space.
Peckham’s Rye Lane is home to Cafe Spice, an unfussy takeaway spot with a simple menu of delicious, traditional soups and stews from West Africa and the Caribbean. Food is seasoned and spiced to perfection, from the jollof to the ayamase.
With dusty pink walls, plants hanging from the ceiling and cushioned teal seats, Kudu might look like your typical Instagrammable brunch spot, but its innovative menu of South African-influenced grub is anything but average. It’s recommended to try one (beautifully presented) dish from each section of the menu, from small plates such as octopus potjie to a dessert such as malted chocolate ganache. Whatever you do, make sure you try the restaurant’s namesake kudu bread, served light and puffy with lardon or seafood butter.
A stalwart of Peckham Rye’s international restaurant scene is this great little South Indian restaurant. At Ganapati, make sure to order a thali to sample a little bit of everything. From crunchy papadums and fragrant curry to rice, dips and pickles, this traditional platter serves up all the staples of a delicious Indian dinner.