When Tom and I were in London recently for a little university friends reunion, we stayed at La Suite West, which is right next to Hyde Park. Once we’d dumped our bags in our beautiful suite (more on that in my next post), we settled down to lunch at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Nosh Garden Kitchen.
Nosh Garden Kitchen had just launched a new superfood-rich menu; everything served is additive, egg and preservative free, high in vitamins, naturally flavoured and over 90% dairy free, gluten free and not heat treated, yet still nutrient-rich. In fact, the restaurant’s claims to ‘Purify and nutrify’ with its fare.
Now, I know that all that free-from-everything-delicious claim could scare people off, and to be honest I wondered what could possibly be left on the menu, without cheese or meat or preservatives. I’m not a vegan or a massive health nut, but I do try to eat less animal products and avoid processed foods because, well, it just makes me feel better. I’ll still never turn down a takeaway, but I was keen to try lunch at Nosh Garden Kitchen because I eat out a lot and know how hard it can be to ‘eat clean’ when you’re not the one in the kitchen. After all, chefs generally amp up the taste in their dishes using lashes of salt, butter and other naughty ingredients that we’d avoid or scrimp on when cooking for ourselves. So could Nosh Garden Kitchen deliver on flavour while remaining sin-free?
Nosh Garden Kitchen review
It was a warm day so we opted to sit outside, on the long wooden tables beneath a canopy of green leaves that reflect the greenness of the menu.
We perused the drinks menu thirstily and went for a mocktail each: a strawberry mojito for Tom and strawberry daiquiri for me. They were both wonderfully thirst-quenching after our long train journey and refreshed us before the food arrived. (And don’t worry – we had plenty of alcohol later in our London trip to make up for going sin-free at lunch!)
For ‘nosh’, I ordered a trio of courgette rolls stuffed with black olive tapenade and green and red pesto. Like all of the other dishes, they arrived on a slate, nestled into a bed of green leaves. The courgette was super fresh and the fillings were tasty.
My main course was the black bean and mushroom burger, served with sweet potato fries. The burger itself was slightly caramelised on the outside which I loved, but softer and more mushy on the inside. Perhaps it’s because I’d never usually order a vegan burger, but I wasn’t keen on the middle – but if you’re used to the ingredients, you’d probably love it. The Palestinian za’atar and lemon relish added a lovely extra layer to the flavours.
The sweet potato fries where gorgeous, although Tom stole most of them!
Tom ordered the vegan afternoon tea, and we were both eager to see what that constituted.
Nosh Garden Kitchen’s plant-based spin on the traditional afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches with imaginative fillings: cashew nut cream cheese, sundried tomato, scrambled tofu with mustard cress and BBQ tempeh with rocket salad.
The homemade scones were still warm and served alongside a delicious whipped coconut ‘cream’ and fresh strawberries.
The dessert selection on the afternoon tea was the standout part for us: a nutty protein ball, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate pudding and a ginger cake that Tom devoured.
If you’re looking for something wellness-focused for lunch in London near Hyde Park, you’ll love Nosh Garden Kitchen. Their inventive supplements for traditional dishes and selection of fresh, plant-based meals make this a great pick for people wanting to uphold their clean-eating habits but still treat themselves – or someone else.
Do you know someone who would love this virtuous lunch in London? Send it to them, or save it for later! Also, are you vegan and do you find it difficult to find amazing places to eat?
All photographs were taken on my Olympus Pen E-PL7.