Monday, September 1, 2014

Artusi, Peckham

161 Bellenden Road
SE15 4DH

We were heading to Peckham for a friends birthday bash and did read about Artusi online, so we decided to give it a try. We arrived just before 7 and were lucky to get a table.

It's a fairly small space, but had a good feeling on a warm sunny evening and a simple modern fit out.

At the back of the restaurant, there was another section joined to the kitchen with more tables and stools on the pass.

The fairly short menu was chalked up on the wall...

We shared the panzanella salad to start. The combination of chunks of bread, tomato, cucumber, red onion and basil was a fresh and flavoursome appetiser.

The spaghetti with anchovies and pecorino was simple but well executed and a hit with the salty fish lover!

I was unsure of which main to have, but with some gentle persuasion from our waitress ordered the octopus with courgette and salsa verde which also included some roast potato. Any fears of the dish being too full on were soon assuaged, the cephalopod was perfectly tender and not too strong and was well complemented by the salsa and veggies.

The service through the meal was great, although we'd been told we only had an hour or so to eat we never felt rushed. The bill came to £40.10 including a few drinks, which felt like good value. We would certainly head back next time we are in Peckham, but that probably wont be for a while...

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