London Michelin Restaurants Review

Kudu, Peckham

             Kudu, a part of the Kudu Collective, is well worth the trip to Peckham. The Kudu Collective is a family-run group that shows off its oweners South African roots and sources many of its ingredients for their four, soon-to-be five premises. Their main restaurant, Kudu, has a Bib Gourmand while Kudu Grill features on the Michelin Guide. Later in May they are opening a new, tapas-style restaurant, called Little Kudu where I will attend their soft opening. Curious Kudu occupies the premises next to Kudu and operates as a gallery/private dining room that hosts Supper Clubs as well as Tasting Menus from the Kudu kitchen. 

             When originally walking into Kudu, we were apprehensive to be sitting in the middle of the room, next to the front entrance. However, the room is beautifully lit, making you feel as in your own little world, and the front door is covered by a well-placed curtain to keep the breeze out. While most of the food was spectacular, I found the wine list to be disappointing. While I like their idea of a South African wine focus, the white wine we had on recommendation felt very bland and did not complement the food as I would have expected, though the red felt good value. The beef tongue, scallop and Onglet were stand-out dishes for me, and I must give an honourable mention to the Cod’s roe crumpet for being fun and unique. Overall, I think Kudu is good value for money and deserving of its Bib Gourmand, if they are able to refine their service and wine, I would not be surprised if they were to be in Michelin Star contention, though I hope they do not transition to being tasting menu only. 

Top Tip: Visit Peckham Wine Cellar before or after your meal, just a few doors down for some spectacular wines. 

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