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Peckham Bazaar, Peckham

Location: 119 Consort Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3RU

I don't know what it is about Peckham, but with regards to quality restuarants there seems to be an endless amount of quality eateries to choose from. Peckham Bazaar is definitely one of them. It is a tapas/small plate restaurant that takes its inspiration from the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, in the words of the restaurant "from the Dinaric Alps to the beaches of Anatolia"

The food is interesting and very tasty, definitely unique compared to anywhere I have eaten before with an eclectic mix of flavours and generous portion sizes. The slow braised shoulder of welsh lamb was delicious, beautifully tender and served with beans, peppers and a red pepper dip. I love a bit of beautifully slow cooked meat so this dish was probably the highlight. The Octopus and potato salad was also delicious, with Octopus being hard to get right, it was just the right balance of tender yet firm. It came with white tarama, I'm not actually sure what that is but it was very tasty. I think it is made from some sort of fish roe. The Roast Duck came with a pistachio and pine nut salad which was again very tasty, my only criticism here was that it was slightly overcooked, but that was compensated for by the very large portion. The marinated chicken thigh with houmus and pickled vegetables was very flavourful and would have been perfect if it hadn't been left on the grill for too long, still edible, but a bit too close to burnt for my liking, I wouldn't have sent it out.

As for drinks, its a pretty standard offering, with beer (no craft beer) and a selection of wines. They also have a few cocktails but we did not try them on the night.

As for the restaurant itself, it is very intimate with the kitchen basically sitting in the middle of the dining room. It makes for a great atmosphere and the smell of all of the food cooking really whets your appetite while you are waiting. As for the service, it was actually terrible, the waiter forgot a few dishes and everything was very slow coming but as we are in the middle of the covid crisis which is decimating the restaurant industry, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt that this is not the norm.

Price wise it is fairly reasonable, we paid about £40 a head including drinks. Was everything perfect? No, but will we be going back? Definitely. A few minor service and cooking issues aside, this restaurant is well worth a visit.

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