If someone told us they weren't familiar with Kudu, we would find it difficult not to judge - and we're not one bit sorry about it, either. More akin to a community than a restaurant, this family-run eatery consists of a grill, cocktail bar and private gallery. It's the original outpost on the Queen's Road that remains our favourite date-night choice. The dimly lit set-up is decked out with velvet banquettes, wishbone chairs and blush-pink walls with framed flowers hanging on them. The food? South African-inspired small plates that make a one-way trip to Cape Town sound like a great idea - shoutout to chef Patrick Williams for that one - spanning scallop and prawn ravioli to cured salmon and scorched steak tartare. Meet you there at 8pm.
119 Queen's Rd, SE15 2EZ