Kudu Grill is the latest opening from the Kudu Collective, who now have four sites in south London. The small restaurant group was founded by Amy Corbin, who has hospitality in her veins and chef husband Paddy Williams. The new spot is based on braai cooking – the South African equivalent of a BBQ with food cooked over charcoals, which nods to Paddy’s South African heritage. The new spot is a sexy, very well designed room which reminded us of the best of NYC, with beautiful lighting, wooden panels and velvet booths – it feels like it’s been there years rather than a new spot.
The menu is big on grilled meats, fish and veg but you shouldn’t skip the snacks or starters either. Grilled potato bread, lardo and wild garlic, along with some of the house-made biltong is the perfect start and the beef tartar delivers big flavours, pimped up with harissa, coriander and crispy shallots.
From the braai we had the whole black bream with zhug butter roti; a huge fish that you can wrap up like tacos with the accompanying breads. Grilled carrots and cumin were sweet and smoky and beef fat crispy fingerlings were exactly as described, a mound of potatoes ready for you to take them down, and in turn they will take you down. We managed to squeeze in one dessert which was actually surprisingly light – the giant choux bun with candied kumquats and jasmine ice cream.
Kudu Grill is a very welcome addition to the south London scene and if you live in the area, it should be at the top of your hit list.
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