Travel Report: Richard’s Kitchen, London.
Richard’s Kitchen, Tooting Bec, London.
May 2019. It was a sleepy afternoon in Tooting Bec and Henry and I were in the mood for a Sunday Roast. In fact, I hadn’t had an English roast in over two years! As good as the food is in China, they’re not so shit hot when it comes to Yorkshire pudding.
I had assumed we would hit one of the local pubs. Perhaps The Rose and Crown, or maybe The Wheatsheaf. But then Henry hit me with a curveball. “Richard’s Kitchen does a good Sunday roast” he said, tapping away on his MacBook. “It’s a tiny place, but the food’s decent”. In all my time in Tooting Bec I’d only really been half aware of Richard’s Kitchen, an eatery I’d passed countless times walking up and down Tooting Bec Road.
I certainly had no idea that this was one of the neighbourhood’s best Sunday roast spots. It took us just four minutes to get there from Henry’s house on Elmbourne Road. It was early afternoon and happily (for us at least) we found the place empty. Having our pick of the tables, we settled down and the breezy waitress strode over with a pair of menus.
According to their website, Richard’s Kitchen specialises in classic British dishes with modern, global twists. Moreover, there is a firm focus on the freshest local ingredients, while Richard goes to great lengths to ensure the menu is ever changing.
Richard’s Kitchen, London.
Before leaving, we had a quick chat with Richard in order to pass our compliments on to the chef. When I asked if I could take his photo for this blog article, he kindly agreed. But only if I made it a group shot of the team. Seemed like a fair trade.
When in Tooting Bec… do go and treat yourself at Richard’s Kitchen. The food is great, competitively priced and there’s a laid-back, intimate feel to the joint. For more info and the full lowdown on his latest dishes, head for the website.
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