Perilla | Newington Green Restaurant
Some restaurants are like Rapunzel.
…except instead of their hair, they let you down.
Perilla – you’ll be happy to learn – is not one of them.
See, it’s all about consistency. And if you consider that their previous popup incarnations at Dulwich’s Platform 1 and Clapton’s Palm 2 have sold out almost instantly (for reasons we’re happily about to share) you’ll agree that Perilla version 3 is probably going to be very, very good.
Thankfully, this one’s permanent.
It’s an “anti-fine dining fine dining restaurant” serving up fancy food, without the hefty price tag. So instead of white tablecloths you’ll find raw plaster walls, a recovered terrazzo floor, and a glorious view across the leafy Newington Green through panels of floor-to-ceiling windows.
The duo behind it are 24 year old Ben Marks and 25 year old Matt Emmerson, whose respective stories go like this:
Ben was born in England and began cooking at Operakällaren in Stockholm when he was just a precocious 15 years old. After moving back to London he then spent three years in the kitchen of Claridge’s before being poached by Noma in Copenhagen, and then poached again, back to London by The (two Michelin-starred) Square.
Matt cut his teeth with Russell Norman at Polpo and Florence knight at Polpetto, and is now following his career trajectory on its near vertical ascent by taking the only logical next step: managing his own venue.
It basically all means that you now have somewhere to go for dishes like seaweed bread brushed with roasted lamb fat, roast kale with cod roe, fried duck egg with chopped mussels and parsley, cuttlefish bolognese, glazed BBQ lamb ribs, and damson and honey custard complimented by a concise, worldly wine list; autumnal, flower-laden tables; and a botanical, home infused cocktail menu.
The best type of ‘to do’ list.
NOTE: Perilla is now open and you can find out more on their website here. You can either just turn up or – more preferably – you can make a reservation by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling them directly on 020 7359 0779.
Perilla | 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS
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