Review on Naifs
Naifs is a delightful family-run bistro showcasing upmarket vegetarian and vegan cuisine. It occupies the former Aside site on the corner of Goldsmith Road and Staffordshire Street in a quiet residential area. Named after the old French word meaning naive, reflecting the new beginnings of their first solo project, where they can grow and move forward without constraint.
A warm environment awaits guests in this neighbourhood venture, kitted out with blonde wood furnishings on a dark wood chevron floor, there's pale walls and pretty hanging pots of greenery. Taking helm of the kitchen is Tom Heale, who cut his teeth in the well regarded vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black in central London, and working alongside him is his brother Fin, who has been cooking in restaurants in Cornwall for the past four years. Brother Max is the mixologist who manages the bar having worked at The Barking Dog in Copenhagen, while in charge of front-of-house is Tom's partner Anne Stokes, whose extensive hospitality career includes the role of Head Chef in a seafood restaurant and more recently a short time at Noble Rot to expand her wine knowledge.
Diners are encouraged to order a couple of sharing dishes each, along the lines of mustard leaf and pear Caesar with broccoli crumb or fried artichoke with potato and miso. Then you can opt for your choice of a large plate such as goats curd ravioli with radicchio and sunchoke butter or koji fried celeriac with smoked apple and mustard. To finish enjoy rhubarb with barley ice cream and almond praline or there's Neal's Yard cheese with cracker and honey.
The carefully curated wine list features natural and biodynamic wines alongside a cocktail menu, together with a selection of ales and lagers from the local Peckham Brick Brewery.
Vegetarian / Vegan
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Wed-Sun