Uva

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SquareMeal Review of Uva

Silver Award

Bellenden Road has always been a Mecca for great food. Just down the road, you’ll see Artusi, Made of Dough and Begging Bowl - all big-hitters. Yet the vastly more affordable Uva has quietly slipped into the ranks, offering up petiscos (Portuguese tapas) to the people of Peckham.

Well-balanced espresso martinis start the proceedings, neither too sweet nor too bitter. From there, we opt to spice up our bread and oil with something fiery. A plump, juicy, sizzling chorizo arrives in a terracotta boat of flames, not unlike a Viking funeral. It’s so heavenly we almost order it again, but soon the jovial staff replace the ebbed flames with new delights.

Tentacles of perfectly chargrilled octopus follow, their salty char mediated by silky veg puree and zingy salsa verde. Here, each ingredient is allowed its time to shine. Piexinhos da Horta, the Portuguese ancestor of tempura, this week features seasonal asparagus. With a generous blob of black pepper aioli, it’s simplicity at its best.

Or perhaps second-best, we realise, as Uva’s signature dish arrives: Flock and Herd ribeye, served rare, on a scorching plinth for optional further cooking. As the tender meat’s juices mingle with the garlic butter for dipping, we decide this is simplicity at its best. Or maybe the expertly mixed, ultra-fresh caipirinha is…

For one last hit of authenticity, we end on ginginja. Rarely seen outside Portugal, this sour cherry liqueur is served in a shot glass of chocolate. You can sip then eat, shoot then eat or even do it all in one go - the choice is yours. Regardless, it’s a lovely note to finish on.

It’s so rare to find a hidden gem, yet Uva really does feel like one. It’s a haven of soft guitar music and even softer sea-green banquettes, where you can feast on petiscos until the sun goes down.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, Mediterranean, Portuguese, Spanish, Wine Bars
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Uva

Adding to Peckham's rising culinary reputation, Uva is an all-day Portuguese cafe and tapas bar, just a short walk from Peckham Rye station on the increasingly foodie Bellenden Road. Uva opened in 2021, and is part of the same family that owns Stella's Portuguese Grill in Twickenham - a beloved neighbourhood favourite over in west London. 

Uva is an all-day operation that shifts seamlessly from pastries and coffee at breakfast, through to brunch, lunch and dinner, which is a more sophisticated Portuguese tapas (called petiscos) vibe. Uva is open as early as 8am on every day except Sunday, and caters for a busy breakfast crowd with Portuguese pastries, coffe from Square Mile Roasters, as well as offering cooked British brunches, albeit with a few Mediterranean twists. The team has thought about every aspect of being an all-dayer - if you're looking for a place to do a bit of work, Uva has superfast WiFi and a heated terrace where you can hide and catch up on emails.

Inside you'll find a charming little dining room, cast in a spectrum of white and pastel green. The bar seating at the front window is a prime spot for watching Peckham life go by, and there's some counter seating at the tile-clad bar as well. Carry on through the restaurant and you'll find a second dining area with banquette seating and a view of the kitchen pass, before finally reaching the peaceful rear terrace, secluded from the humdrum of life out front.

In the evening Uva switches things up with a menu of petiscos (small plates), split between meat, fish and vegetable dishes, with dishes changing weekly depending on what is in season and available. Currently on the menu you'll find dishes like deep fried cuttlefish with lemon salsa and paprika aioli, crispy garlic and herb piri piri poussin with grilled lime, patatas bravas, and rice croquettas with chive and tomato mayo. Uva also boasts a extensivelist of Portuguese wines, so you can taste wines from every region of Portugal.

Special offers for Uva

1500 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £150.

500 Points

For all diners to this restaurant on Wednesdays to Thursdays.

350 Points for new diners

For new diners to this restaurant.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time


Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.

Menu Highlights

Main Courses
Uva Bife na Pedra - Sharer - £15.00

Cook your own marinated 'Flock & Herd' ribeye served on a hot stone plate with a pot of rich garlic butter, Portuguese salsa verde and Mediterranean rock salt.

Barriga de Porco - £8.00

Marinated pork belly in a madeira glaze sauce topped with crispy fried onions

Croquettes de Arroz (VE) - £6.00

Deep fried rice pockets served with a fiery chive and tomato infused mayo

Uva Bife na Pedra - Sharer - £15.00

Cook your own marinated 'Flock & Herd' ribeye served on a hot stone plate with a pot of rich garlic butter, Portuguese salsa verde and Mediterranean rock salt.

Barriga de Porco - £8.00

Marinated pork belly in a madeira glaze sauce topped with crispy fried onions

Croquettes de Arroz (VE) - £6.00

Deep fried rice pockets served with a fiery chive and tomato infused mayo


FAQs

Can you book at Uva?

Yes, you can book online for our evening Portuguese Tapas/Petiscos menu.

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What is the menu like at Uva?

Small Portuguese Tapas style plates with dishes changing every week and a vast range of Meat, Fish, Veggie and Vegan options.

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Does Uva offer gluten-free options?

Yes we do, just let your server know :)

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Location

139 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London, SE15 4DH

020 3149 1652

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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