2015 has been a great year for restaurants, with over 230 new openings in London alone. Among the newcomers is Wahleeah, a neighbourhood restaurant in Fulham that’s already impressing the locals. We caught up with owner and head chef, Dave Ahern, who worked as a management consultant before pursuing his passion for cooking at The Ship and successful residencies like Burger Breakout.
So Dave, there’s a strong focus on great beer at Wahleeah – what inspired the concept?
I guess the concept grew from my belief that neighbourhood restaurants should never have to be a compromise, no one should have to choose between going somewhere good to eat or somewhere local. I looked at the amazing neighbourhood restaurants in Brooklyn and how they were constantly pushing the boundaries of what a neighbourhood restaurant could produce and felt that London should have a restaurant that was willing to take that kind of restaurant too.
Cooking with beer has long been a passion of mine, I believe that in most countries people’s taste in food developed alongside a taste for beer. Beer has long been the drink of the working classes and they are the ones who shape a country’s cuisine. Cooking with beer presents a much greater technical challenge that cooking with wine but it allows you to develop far more interesting dishes as you can isolate the different flavours within the beer. We do however offer a small wine list for those who refuse to let go of the grape.Continue Reading