Over the past few years we’ve been seeing a lot of restaurants and wine bars opening that have small kitchens with limited or restricted space and facilities. The reason for this is often simply the high cost of equipping a new kitchen and installing extraction alongside the issue of rapidly increasing rents, so having a smaller kitchen can be a sensible money-saving move for new restaurateurs.
As a result chefs are having to be more creative with what they produce. Working in these small kitchens can be a great way for them to showcase their skills – it’s amazing what you can turn out with minimal kitchen kit such as just a couple of induction hobs. It all proves that you don’t need lots of space and equipment to produce interesting and delicious food, and even though it may have to be pared back and tailored to the space, it doesn’t mean that flavour and quality has to suffer as well.
Here are some of my favourite London restaurants and eateries with small kitchens that are also cooking top-notch food, followed by some examples of the sort of menus they are able to produce:
The Drop Wine Bar
The French House
The Sea, The Sea
Jacob the Angel
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs