This blog has been really food heavy of late, think I’m just taking advantage of the natural August fashion lull before The Weeks start and it’s all fashion fashion fashion.
The latest food buzz, round my way at least, has been the Begging Bowl restaurant which opened recently on Bellend(en) Road in the fancier part of Peckham. Most of the decent restaurants in Peckham and the surrounding areas are well-established, so the promise of a new place to eat out was causing ripples of excitement among my fellow south London friends, especially as of late the restaurant had been nothing more exciting than a place for boozehounds to congregate.
On a dreamy summer evening last week I made the short trip over to the Begging Bowl, where the windows had all been opened out, candles lit and it felt a lot more fancy than SE15. I’ve seen queues as I’ve cycled past and it was packed out with a varied crowd but we managed to get a table.
We ordered a few dishes, the Begging Bowl does small plates (does anyone not do small plates at the moment?) so you can order a mix of things and it all comes with sides of sticky and steamed rice. We ordered the betel leaves with bonus crab (first pic), lovely small bites of flavour, some greens which came in a salty, lipsmacking sauce and the pork shoulder curry (bottom image) which was a lovely mix of spice and ginger. We also ordered the fried salmon salad which that night was replaced with bream but was none the worse for it, little tasty shallots and crunchy skin made it one of my favourite dishes.
Service was great if a slightly over-attentive, but genuinely friendly; I also love that they do carafes of wine as well as whole bottles for the school night crew.
The Begging Bowl is at 168 Bellenden Road, Peckham. Find out more here.