Flavours of the world coming to Elephant Park
More independent restaurants will soon be ‘joining the herd’ at Elephant Park, bringing cuisines from Asia, Jamaica and around the world.
The South London-based eateries are about to move into Sayer Street, a newly opened food and drink area that will soon connect the local high street – Walworth Road – and the new green park.
Tasty Jerk is also well-known around Elephant and Castle, and has been a staple of East Street market for a number of years. Jamaican national Rayon Johnson, and his wife Linda, merge his grandmother’s traditional recipes with their own creative flair, sourcing produce from local markets and combining them with authentic imported ingredients. Classic Caribbean dishes will include jerk chicken, curried goat, and ackee and saltfish.
Authentic pan-Asian operator Pot & Rice will be serving rice pot selections, rice pastry (cheung fun) mochi, yuzi cheesecake, fruit tea, and milk tea, bringing modern Asian food culture together under one roof.
Ethical restaurant With great reviews from Grace Dent and Giles Coren, Bobo’s burgers and cocktails are renowned, and it hosts evenings where guests can build their own burgers from a variety of interesting meat, including kangaroo and ostrich.
Tasty Jerk, along with already-open Beza, were previously tenants at Artworks Elephant, Lendlease’s pop-up retail park at Elephant Park, that was created to provide community-led space for start-ups and small businesses in the area.
Chris Liang, restaurant manager at Pot & Rice, said: “Elephant Park is a great location for our rice pot concept, and we are delighted to sit alongside such an interesting and diverse array of restaurants and retailers. The development looks very impressive already, and joining at this early stage will allow us to establish our brand with local residents and workers.”
The restaurants will join other local favourites, including Dima Beautiful beauty salon, traditional Ethiopian vegan restaurant Beza, craft beer bar The Tap In, coffee shop Hej Coffee, Japanese noodle bar Koi Ramen, and – coming soon – the new MM Factory dining and community space from Mercato Metropolitano.
Guy Thomas, Head of Retail at Lendlease, said: “Lendlease is continuing to provide spaces where local start-ups and growing operators can build successful businesses. These three local brands – one of which was part of our Artworks Elephant incubator pop-up – will be great additions to Elephant Park. They are also an ideal complement to our plans for the next phase of Elephant Park, where independent operators will sit alongside well-known London brands.”