In a nutshell
This sister restaurant to acclaimed Fulham bistro Manuka Kitchen has just opened in Connaught Village, a quiet neighbourhood just north of Hyde Park in London.
Head chef and co-owner Tyler Martin has come over from Manuka Kitchen to oversee the cooking and is mixing up a similar blend of casual bistro with little Antipodean touches (he’s originally from New Zealand).
The fennel-cured beef with burrata to start was a perfect combination of wafer-thin cured meat and creamy unctuous cheese. You wouldn’t have to be vegetarian to order the main of grilled ramiro pepper with hazelnut and cauli salad with a tahini preserved lemon dressing – the mix of textures was lovely, the whole dish a series of little flavour explosions.
Peanut butter pretzel tart is rightly famous at Manuka Honey and has been imported onto the menu here (see ‘you might also like’ below for the recipe). At first the combination of salty pretzel tart crust, rich chocolate filling and peanut butter cream felt OTT, but miraculously disappeared after a few spoonfuls.
What’s the room like
The look is clean and contemporary with bare wood tables and whitewashed walls in the main dining room (there are also two smaller rooms and some tables out the front for warmer days). Tables for two are quite closely set, so bag a larger booth if you can.
What we liked
That cosy neighbourhood vibe – it feels like the sort of place where they’d know your name after a couple of visits. The service is warm, friendly and relaxed and we never felt rushed to order. The wine list was concise, well chosen and good value with plenty of bottles under the £25 and £30 price points.
Good value: starters from £4.50 to £9.50, mains from £11.50-£22.00, desserts, £4.00-£6.50 wine from £5.50 glass, £17.50 bottle
Reviewed September 2015 by Janine Ratcliffe
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