Just when you think south London’s pizza options can’t get any more on point, another gift from the gluten gods is announced. This time, it’s Wandsworth’s turn to wax lyrical with thanks: dough dignitaries Zia Lucia are opening their first below-the-river outpost on Old York Road. Their 48-hour fermented dough is the stuff of legend across north and west London – now, you can choose between their range of handmade bases (traditional white flour, wholemeal, gluten-free or a vegetable charcoal black base) for brilliant eats like the Ortolana with tomato, mozzarella, courgettes, roasted peppers and olives, or the Paperon de’ Pep(p)eroni with tomato, mozzarella, spianata spicy salami and roasted peppers.
356 Old York Road, London SW18 1SS.
RUDIE’S JERK SHACK ROCKS UP TO BRIXTON MARKET
If you’re a Caribbean food fan, you’re probably already a bit in love with Rudie’s. Prepare to fall even harder: husband and wife team Matin and Michelle Miah have opened their biggest restaurant yet in Brixton Village. Jamaican “real jerk” dishes are front and centre at the new 60-cover site, where meat and fish are marinated for 24 hours before being slowly smoked over charcoal in a steel drum. Enjoy with lashings of rum punch and Rudie’s signature laid back vibe.
Unit 10, Market Row, Brixton, London
SW9 8LB. rudieslondon.com
‘80s INSPIRED SUPPER CLUB, ANYONE?
Pun fans, this one’s for you: an ‘80s inspired new offering from Pop Brixton called – wait for it – Only Food and Courses. Yep. The name might be a joke, but the menu here is a seriously interesting prospect. Proudly nostalgic, but with a contemporary twist on classic British dishes, duck eclairs, crab scotch eggs and lobster doughnuts are all apparently waiting in the wings. So too is a daily supper club featuring a 4-6 course tasting menu, inspired by culinary trends from the ‘80s and ‘90s, that will change every week. Lovely jubbly.
49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London
SW9 8PQ. onlyfoodandcourses.co.uk
BERMONDSEY STREET’S LATEST LUCKY CHARM
Bermondsey Street has a brand new bar and restaurant with one of the best names we’ve
heard in a while: The Last Talisman Drinking House and Asian Grill. Expect playful cocktails – mine’s a Ghost Negroni with Talisman gin, suze, sake and vermouth, ta – and a menu featuring ‘Grilled Cheese’ made with crispy beancurd skin, mixed cheese and spicy tomato ketchup powder, and the obscenely delicious-sounding ‘Siu Mai Mini Burger’ of pork, prawn and miso butter.
You’ll also find a separate tropical cocktail bar,
Mala Madre, inside along with art exhibitions
and DJs whenever we’re allowed to finally dance again. That’s more like it, 2021.
171-173 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey,
London SE1 3TQ.
ANDANZA ARRIVES IN LONDON BRIDGE
London Bridge just got a whole lot more delicious, thanks to the geniuses at The Rose pub who’ve opened an absolutely banging Basque-inspired tapas restaurant – well, bang opposite said pub. And boy, what a team they’ve popped into the kitchen at Andanza itself. With a head chef from Marylebone mega-spot Lurra and a master carver from Brindisa, you know you’re in for some sweeeeet small plates. Go for the pork tenderloin with manchego cheese and chipotle aioli, stay for (several portions) of the Basque-style cheesecake.
66 Weston St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QJ. andanza.co.uk
South Londoners, please ask yourself the
following: “Have I been to Badger Badger yet?”
If the answer is no, that needs to be remedied.
At once. Combining killer craft beers, some of
the best Japanese street food you’ll find in London – seriously, order the smoked pork belly with plum sauce glaze then try and claim otherwise – and more than 100 board games available to rent as
you eat, Badger Badger should be where you spend a lot of this year.
139-145 Deptford High Street,
London, SE8 3NU.