Stevie Parle is a young chef in London, with a lot of ambition, a busy restaurant, two cookbooks with a third on the way and a recent TV show, Spice Trip, in the can for Britain’s Channel 4. We dropped by recently in the middle of London’s Design Week to spice trip at his Dock Kitchen at the Portobello Dock, out near Kensal Rise — a fashionable neighborhood just beyond Notting Hill, with a touch of the pioneer spirit about it. Here’s a tour of Dock Kitchen during lunch service. You can also read the full interview with Parle.

Stevie Parle at Dock Kitchen, between writing more cookbooks and traveling the world in search of exotic spices and flavors.

The most beautiful mackerel we’ve ever seen, straight on an indoor charcoal grill.

Dock Kitchen has its own tandoor oven, where they make lavash bread to order.

The light-filled and airy kitchen churns out well-spiced foods.

Plating fried sage leaves.

Tossing a beautiful salad.

The chicken livers with Lebanese 7-spice and pomegranate molasses may just be a contender for one of the best things we’ve ever eaten.

Copper design elements from “landlord” Tom Dixon.

Guests dig in to the lamb biryani, one of Parle’s signature dishes.

Dock Kitchen is tucked away on the Portobello Docks near Kensal Rise.

A life presever, in case anyone goes overboard.