As far as dream team goals go, Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis are proving they are worth a punt for, if this were a competition. This month, they open Native in London Bridge after the Neal’s Yard relocation and as far as names go, it seems the dynamic duo are native to the culinary scene themselves. The concept of the restaurant centres around fresh, foraged, seasonal food presented on plates that yell leafy green woods and button mushrooms oh and, can we get some of these for our house?!
We’re lusting over Native, not only for their great food but because of the super ethical concept behind it all. The menu begins with each chef creating a snack offering from offcuts, so this includes radish tops or grain husks. So, instead of throwing it away they’re creating something pretty special. What’s more, Borough market is a wander away so the chefs head down there every morning to peruse the goods, ready for your plates later that day. Greedily spanning the UK with their sourcing of ingredients, there’s fish from Dorset’s coasts, venison from South Downs and game shot in Yorkshire on offer.
If you like living life on the wild side, Native is the perfect pit-stop for you. Both Ivan and Imogen have concocted a concept based at their at-one-with-nature ways, with dishes that shout sustainability, including fermented IOW tomatoes with smoked salsa verde, graceburn and yesterday’s bread and venison with nasturtium, jersey royal, miso bagna cauda and broccoli. Oh and no, we haven’t forgotten about cocktails and there will be drinks a’plenty with a botanical base.
Native: 32 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TU, www.eatnative.co.uk