Found in a revived ex-Truman’s pub, Kudu Grill in Peckham offers up a menu centred around the braai – a traditional south African barbecue.
The use of open flames (the team cook over wood and charcoal) means many of the dishes have a wonderfully smoky streak. Separated into five sections - snacks, starters, braai mains, sides, and desserts – the menu makes use of seasonal ingredients where possible. In fact, owners Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams grow plenty of what the kitchen use at their very own allotment. The pair come with some strong kitchen-based kudos too, having grown up in the hospitality industry and having worked under acclaimed Irish chef Robin Gill, respectively.
Inventive combinations come as standard at Kudu Grill with starters like a grilled potato flatbread having a rich lardo and wild garlic topping, or grilled prawns coming doused in piri piri butter. Elsewhere, on the main braai section, there are hearty cuts of meat like T-bone steaks and thick pork chops, as well as veggie-friendly dishes such as grilled cauliflower.
Co-owner Corbin and Williams aren’t just dab hands on the food front, they also know their way round a good drinks list. Here at Kudu Grill that translates into a seasonal cocktail list which flexes with the months. Our tip? Don’t miss the Braai Negroni which combines strawberry infused whisky with Italian bitters, vermouth, and oak smoke essences.
Interiors aren’t an afterthought either, with the design having been headed up by the award-winning A-nrd Studio. Think clashing textures and colours coming from exposed brick, raw concrete, and Italian marble as well as richly coloured upholstery and glass accents.
Kudu Grill is the sibling site to the much-lauded Kudu in Peckham, as well as the brand’s cocktail bar Smokey Kudu and the private dining branch of the business, Curious Kudu.