All things fermented
Rawduck has been on my list for a while, and after many recommendations I finally gave it a go on a recent dark November evening. My dinner buddy is on strict doctor’s orders to stay away from gluten, which can sometimes make going out for dinner a little tricky, but this place proved to be no problem whatsoever. The restaurant has a focus on fermentation and preservations, but goes far beyond simply serving kimchi or sauerkraut, and all fermented food and drinks are made in house.
The restaurant is set out in a large open, almost industrial looking space, with adorned with succulents (as seems to be the general trend in most London shops and restaurants at the moment), and rows and rows of ferments and pickles. Water for the table was served in blue handmade jugs, which – as the waitress informed me after she overheard me saying how much I liked them – are apparently thrown by the owners and for sale should you want to take one home.
The food portions are relatively small, but you can eat them tapas style, so it’s worth ordering quite a few if you want to feel full. The menu changes almost weekly and is based on what’s available on a seasonal basis, so I can’t recommend anything in particular, but do take a good look at the drinks, they do excellent cocktails which they’ve added their own twist to.
If you’re into ferments and pickles, I suggest you check it out: it may be a bit too ‘Hackney’ for some, but it’s a treat which both your mind and stomach will thank you for.
197 Richmond Road
London, E8 3NJ
Images by citizenLeanne