200 Rye Lane is a new restaurant in Peckham by the same people behind similarly named Three Eight Four (referencing the restaurant’s street number) in Brixton. The menu here is very similar: lots of little small plates meant for sharing and tasty cocktails for cheersin (I definitely just made up that word) – all with really reasonable prices. The decor is quite similar to the Brixton restaurant, too, though there’s a bit more colour here in the form of pastel menus, bright blue bar table and pink walls in the garden.
200 Rye Lane has only recently opened, so it’s still a bit quiet (we visited for dinner on a Thursday evening), but I expect it to get busier as more and more people find out about it: the food was great, the service was great and the decor is pretty great, too – all in all, not much to complain about, really!
Let’s get into the food and drinks, shall we?
To start with, we were brought a little mugful of complimentary popcorn which made me very happy as popcorn is probably my favourite treat(/vice)! These were coated with an interesting spice mix which I really liked but couldn’t really put my finger on: something quite spicy, but also slightly citrus-y? Whatever it was, I devoured them maybe a bit too fast…
As I recently visited 200 Rye Lane’s sister restaurant Three Eight Four in Brixton they treated me and Jasmin for our first cocktails as a thank you of supporting their two little ventures, which I thought was a lovely gesture.
The cocktail I went for was called the Pisco Flower Sour (it’s on the right-hand side of the photo above!) and consisted of Pisco, elderflower, lemon, lime, sugar syrup and egg white and was SO, SO good. You could really taste the alcohol, but it didn’t feel too overpowering as it was sweetened by the sugar syrup and the lemon and lime. It was definitely my personal highlight of the evening!
The menu in 200 Rye Lane is meant for sharing, and that’s exactly what we did. You can find lots of vegetarian dishes on the menu here, which is great, and we definitely sampled our fair share of them. We ordered the hummus with pitta bread, the crispy arancini and the avocado wontons (avocado and jalapenos wrapped in a crispy filo pastry).
I also ordered sweet potato fries as a side, and Jasmin tried one of the meat dishes (pulled beef brisket in a sourdough bun) which she really praised.
The avocado wontons were my absolute favourites from the food menu: they were super crispy on the outside, lovely and creamy on the inside and came with the perfect sweet chilli sauce on the side. YUM!
The hummus was mixed together with little pieces of mint and pomegranate seeds, and it just worked together so well and was a lovely mix of refreshing as well as salty and savoury. The pitta bread pieces came slightly warm and toasted which I loved, too.
How I’m craving these sweet potato fries right now! They were nothing different from normal sweet potato fries, but they did the trick SO well. The spicy mayo they were served with was just the perfect accompaniment, too.
Of course, I had to go for another cocktail… This one was called B(r)asiliano and consisted of cachaca (a spirit made out of fermented sugarcane juice), Chartreuse, lime, agave, cucumber & basil.
Whilst this didn’t quite live up to my first cocktail, it was pretty freaking good too. As this, like my first cocktail, didn’t have any ice in it (I’m not a big fan of ice in cocktails!) it was quite strong, but the cucumber and basil made it super refreshing too, which was definitely a welcome addition in this heatwave…
We stayed inside (just next to the door for a nice breeze, of course!) for our dinner, and only discovered this cute little garden just as we were leaving. There’s probably space here for about 15 people, and would be such a nice and secluded little spot to while away these warm summer evenings. Definitely heading straight here next time I visit 200 Rye Lane!
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