Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson are to open Perilla in Newington Green in early November. Following two acclaimed residencies at Palm 2 in Clapton and Platform 1 in Dulwich last year, Perilla will combine refined, thoughtful cooking with relaxed, unpretentious surroundings.  

Drawing on his experiences working at Claridge’s, The Square, and Noma, Ben has devised a menu of seasonal dishes that reveals his modern interpretation of classic European ingredients. 

Matt will ensure smooth front of house operations, having previously worked at both Polpo and Polpetto restaurants. 

“We are incredibly excited to be opening Perilla," says Matt. "We want to bring our twist on fine dining out of expensive, traditional restaurants and make it accessible, affordable, and informal."

"Having grown up in the area I feel extremely privileged to be able to open Perilla in Newington Green,” adds Ben.

Situated on the corner of Newington Green and Green Lanes, Perilla has been designed by Red Deer Architects to create a relaxed space. Large windows that wrap around the corner site will flood the space with light, while the use of handcrafted raw materials will create a clean, modern feel within.

Walls will be exposed plaster render and floors will be adorned with original yellow black terrazzo tiles uncovered during the build. Much of the furniture and light fittings will be vintage pieces, while tables will be crafted from up-cycled wooden barn doors.