Kudu and the Best of Peckham

We thought we’d tried every smashed avocadoed, brioche-bunned brunch in London. It was all starting to feel a bit samey. Then we went to Kudu, the new and rather unexpected Modern-European-with-a-South African-Twist restaurant on Queens Road, Peckham.

Their brunch menu isn’t reinventing the wheel – you’ll find all your favourites from shakshuka to Bloody Marys – however at Kudu, they’re just better. We had the sourdough waffles with duck eggs, sour cream and maple-cured bacon. They were smoky, sweet and savoury all at the same time and sandwiched with a sort of delectable bacon jam that we could have eaten off a spoon.

Keen to try one of the more obviously South African-inspired options we chose the Boerewors roll, a superior sausage bap. It was spicy and slathered in German mustard. The best hot dog you could ever eat. We also squeezed in pudding, a delicate lemon thyme meringue with peach sorbet and woodruff honey, which gave us an idea of how delightful Kudu’s more subtle, grown-up, dinner offering must be.

The feel is relaxed yet glamorous – the co-owner is the daughter of Chris Corbin (of Corbin and King, owner of the Wolsley, Zedel etc) and you can tell – plus, in this rare summer of sun, it has a small number of coveted tables in its charming garden. We’re already planning to return, see you there very soon.

Also in the area…

Peckham has been a foodie hotspot for some time; here are our other favourite haunts:

Ganapati: May be the best Indian restaurant in London, Ganapati serves fresh Keralan specialties with seasonal ingredients. Their Parathas are to die for. Ganapati also delivers to a large area of SE London – order the Crab Thoran. http://www.ganapatirestaurant.com/

Peckham Levels: From the makers of Pop Brixton, Peckham Levels has transformed a disused and abandoned space into a vibrant community hub. There are a wide range of local street food stands to choose from, but we like to relax in the vegetarian Wildflower Café, their Dahl is utterly delicious. https://www.peckhamlevels.org/

Artusi: Excellent, creative, Italian-inspired cooking in an attractive and understated modern setting. Always feels like a treat but is reasonably priced. https://artusi.co.uk

Petitou: London needs more cafes like Petitou: friendly, unpretentious and serving generous wedges of heavenly classic cakes, just the sort you fancy come tea-time. http://www.petitou.co.uk/

Coal Rooms: The old ticket office at Peckham Rye station has been beautifully redeveloped into a buzzy little café/restaurant/bar.https://www.coalroomspeckham.com

Frank’s: It’s not summer until Frank’s opens. The famous bar-with-a-view atop a converted Peckham car park has become a London must on sunny evenings. http://boldtendencies.com/franks-cafe/

Wed-Thurs 6-10pm, Fri 12-2.30pm and 6-10pm, weekends 11am-2.30pm and 6-10pm
119 Queens Road Peckham, ​SE15 2EZ
— Chiara Allsup
27th June 2018