Restaurant: Craft London
Where is it: Greenwich Peninsula
Opened: April 2015
The concept: Chef Stevie Parle of Rotorino fame and interior designer Tom Dixon (the man single-handedly responsible for the persistent copper home trend) have teamed up to launch their first joint venture, Craft London. The restaurant celebrates quality produce and food craft, hence the name, from coffee roasting to fish smoking, meat curing and home-growing veg in their very own city-based kitchen garden just outside the restaurant.
Who to take: Your other half for a date night post or pre O2 gig. If you’re in a rush there’s a convenient sixty-minute menu or a six-course tasting menu if you’ve got all evening.
What to wear: A silk cami and skinnies paired with rose gold jewels to match the interiors, naturally.
We tried: The IPA Cured Galloway Beef Leg, Fresh Cheese, Beetroots and Radish Leaves to start – a cured, rich meat much like bresola and topped with fresh, unpasteurised cheese made onsite; as well as the Seagull Egg special – only available for three weeks in the year, the yolk was the glossiest we’ve seen and came complete with nostalgic ‘crusty’ soldiers to dip in.
Followed by the Butter Poached Turbot, Radishes, Sea Vegetables and Wild Horesradish, but had serious food envy of the table next to us who ordered the Clay Baked Duck, which comes whole, and is, rather ceremonially, hammered into at your table and then taken back to the kitchen to dish up.
Save room for: The Baked Nutmeg Spelt Pudding, Picked with Japanese Roses – which harked back to childhood days of good old rice pudding but for a grownup, more sophisticated palate.
What to drink: Pre or post dinner (or both) head up to the top floor bar to sip from Tom Dixon copper and sit at raspberry-hued stools, looking out over the ever-changing Greenwich skyline. Try the location’s namesake cocktail The SE10 – a sweet mix of Gin, Prosecco and Wiltshire Strawberry Liquor.
The best thing about it was: The interiors – the moody blue hues of the restaurant had us planning a home redecoration, while the pendant lights gave us serious interiors inspiration – who isn’t a sucker for a piece of Tom Dixon?
The small print: The Greenwich Peninsula is basically the bit outside the O2 arena - so not the most glamorous of locations. Unless you live nearby or are off to the O2, Craft’s location is what lets it down.