Foodie Hotspot In London Bridge
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : British
Address : 32 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TU, UNITED KINGDOM
Web : www.eatnative.co.uk/
Opening Times : Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2.30am, 6pm-10pm; Sun & Mon: close
Closest Tube : London Bridge
Anyone who tries to downplay the wild food movement in the United Kingdom is wasting their breath, much in part due to restaurants like Native. Launched by co-founders Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes (who worked under Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns), the restaurant puts zero-waste philosophy in the foreground while championing natural, foraged and seasonal produce and especially Great British game. Their diligence on the subject, as it turns out, is delicious.
Nestled below the railway arches under peri peri palace Casa Do Frango, Native is a stone's throw from the heart of Borough Market. Once you're in and away from the hustle and bustle, you're quickly ensconced in an enclave of nature-inspired beauty. The spacious room is hemmed in by whitewashed brick walls, with large windows letting in lashings of natural light, and an abundance of foliage climbing pillars and descending from the ceilings. Hanging industrial lights illuminate beautiful salvaged floorboards, black pillars and raw tabletops.
We were lucky enough to try the tasting menu and weren't disappointed by a single dish - portions are generous and replete with flavour. The meal kicks off with a smattering of chef's menu zero waste snacks, tiny morsels crafted from salvaged excess ingredients to dazzling effect. The menu then takes you on a journey through Coast, Field and Forest. From the first category, wild brill and coley played well with sea buckthorn harvested from the Sussex coastline. A rabbit lasagne was sensitively composed, while plates of carrot and bonemarrow were mindbendingly moreish. The desserts stood up to the rest of the menu - resembling dulce de leche and lemon meringue.
Native is so good it deserves a cult following, which it is well on the way to achieving.