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When it comes to food, it is no denying that the restaurant scene in London is blooming. I kept telling my friends who are visiting there are seriously a lot of hidden gems, all you need to know is know the right person who knows the right place.

Here’s one more for you. Set in Greenwich, next to the O2 arena (where Michael Jackson was meant to perform his final concerts),there is The Craft London. I am usually a very central/ west-end person, for me to have a dinner in Greenwich is quite an effort. Yet I have heard so much about this new Tom Dixon restaurant, with the kitchen running by Stevie Parle and Craig Johnson as head chef. Both the restaurant dishes and the products are created using almost exclusively British produce bought from farmers we know well and always handled with a light, modern, touch. The interior is crammed with the best of Britain from Scottish tweed, British limestone and London designed furniture and lighting.

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The Craft has a cafe, a bar, a shop and a restaurant. We first went for a glass of pre-drinks at the bar, its so beautiful as the floor-to-ceiling panorama windows let the sunlight in, and the spacious bar is so chill and cosy. As for the restaurant above, with similar interior design, sitting next to one of the huge windows gave us a very good view on people watching.

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For starters, we ordered a rainbow carrots with beetroots and scallops, mussels and clams porridge. Not only the presentation are so pleasant (I love the blue plates in particular), the quality are really fresh. Some of the flowers on the rainbow carrots dishes are from the plants the kitchen plants outside the restaurant, so they are really fresh. Juicy and tasty vegetables, and really fresh scallops.

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And for the main course, we ordered Galloway beef sirloin and slightly salted wood grilled sea bass. Portions are perfect, presentation is gorgeous, and the quality of the food is amazing. I heard that their clay baked duck dish is one of the best among the a la carte, on top of a 6 course menu and set lunch menu, they also offer a pre-show 60mins menu for anyone who are in a hurry to go over next door at the O2 for a gig. Since we were not in a rush at all, we took our time and spent the entire evening at the restaurant, watching sunset and catching up for 5 hours. None of the waiters came over rushed us, yet staying very attentive.

Getting to Greenwich for a dinner with or without a gig can be a bit of an effort, but if you make the journey fun it could be an add-on too. You can get to Craft London by boat (http://www.silverfleet.co.uk/) , cable car (http://www.emiratesairline.co.uk/tickets-information/) other than by tube. Next time when you want to try something new, and take it as a chance to get out of the buzzing London city centre, do go to the Craft for a nice evening. It is worth the effort. (actually it’s not too bad, about 25 mins from central).

 

Craft London

Peninsula Square
Greenwich Peninsula
London SE10 0SQ

+44(0)20 8465 5910
HELLO@CRAFT-LONDON.CO.UK