Last week, I was near Tower Bridge for a meeting and so nipped into The Natural Kitchen on Pepys Street for some lunch - its part of the Doubletree Hotel. Irrelevant to this particular post is my love for Doubletree cookies. They might actually be my favourite food in the whole world.
Anyway, I digress.
There are three locations of The Natural Kitchen in London, the other two being just off Fetter Lane and on Marylebone High Street. All three have both a restaurant where you can sit down and eat and a deli which is perfect for those who want to pop in and grab something delicious (and healthy!) to go back to the office.
We are passionate about serving great tasting food, which means we always use the best ingredients we can find. Seasonal wherever possible, organic when needs be. Free range? Always. And wherever possible locally sourced from farmers who share our commitment to quality over quantity.
Sounds good, doesn't it?
Well it was!
The restaurant itself has a very relaxed, rustic decor with a duck motif - everywhere you look, you'll spot a very cute little silhouette of a duck. See?
|Excuse the shoulder..someone didn't duck quite enough. Geddit? Duck?|
And here he is again...
As for the food, it was delicious. In such healthy surroundings my colleague went with one of the Big Salads (Seinfeld fans will understand my amusement at this) which he enjoyed very much:
|Seared line-caught Tuna steak with bean sprouts, mixed leaves, new potatoes, green beans, sun-blush tomatoes and black olives|
I, on the other hand, showing my total inability to choose something healthy on a menu, went with the Croque Monsieur. Because quite frankly, a sandwich with Bechamel sauce is too delicious to pass up -this one certainly lived up to expectations.
|What can I say. Ham. Cheese. Bread. Bechamel. Chips. Oh and a bit of salad, which was nice for crunch.|
I have a very sweet tooth, but I'm lucky to eat out quite often and so if I ordered dessert every time I did I'd be the size of a house. However, I was unable to resist the Strawberry and Rhubarb cake from the specials menu, which came with its own dinky little pot of double cream for dipping (or pouring!):
|I counted this as two of my five a day. Rhubarb AND strawberries. Totally counts.|
Its was pretty amazing. Not overly sweet and I love, love, love rhubarb. It's not on menus often enough.
The food itself aside, the service was great; the staff were all very friendly and our order came out very quickly which is always good.
As a nice final touch, they brought the bill to us like this...
...just tucked into a normal hardback book. They had all sorts of different ones and I think it was a great little quirk.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend The Natural Kitchen if you're in Central London and looking for a relaxing, delicious lunch.
Have you been to The Natural Kitchen? Are there any other restaurants you think I absolutely must visit when I'm in London - if there are, leave me a comment and let me know!
Ciao for now!
A little disclaimer: My colleague paid for lunch and we received no compensation/remuneration in any way for this review. It was just delicious and I wanted to share. And come on.. how cute is that duck?