Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson are set to open Perilla in Newington Green on November 8th.

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.  

Ben will draw from his experience working at Claridge’s, The Square, and Noma, devising 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. He will also oversee the bar offering which will include a concise and approachable wine list from Europe’s classic regions. 

“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.

Perilla’s launch follows and is being backed by a team that includes Philip Howard, of Elystan Street and previously of The Square; Martyn Nail, Executive Chef of Claridge’s; and Thomas Kochs, Managing Director of Café Royal, previously General Manager at Claridge’s.