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Kaia at The Ned

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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Poké bowls and robata grilled snacks served within The Ned.

At the more muted rear of the flashy Ned hotel’s ground floor mecca to eating you’ll find a bit of trend-box ticking in Kaia. It’s a poké bar you see, and it’s not the Soho House group’s first foray into the fashionable Hawaiian bowl food; they’ve also tested out much-loved street food vendors Poké as a pop-up at Shoreditch House. Here though, they’ve classed it up by throwing in a robata grill for a Japanese twist. If you’re looking for the light and bright (not to mention affordable) antidote to Cecconi’s truffle-laden grub, say aloha to Kaia.

The ahi tuna poké is the star of the show – two squeezy bottles of soy glaze and kewpie mayo are served on the side so you can dial up the flavour. Delicate flecks of raw fish, avocado and pineapple were offset with textural crunch from lotus root crisps, chunks of cucumber and nutty rice.

But a dish of robata-grilled blackened cod was less enjoyable. Considering it was fresh off the grill, this beautiful fillet of fish – tinged with char from the grill and tangy from a tarragon miso marinade – turned stone-cold far too fast, served on an icy plate. A dish of crispy prawns, garnished with pretty flower heads, did more to impress thanks to a heavenly light batter, made even more delicious when dunked in a fiery wasabi mayo (the best of all mayos, surely?).

There’s mochi to finish, to continue the trendiness, as well as the Pacific vibes. Although a bottle of The Old Nag house white didn’t feel quite so in-keeping. Maybe just stick to saké.

Details

Address: 27 Poultry
Bank
London
EC2R 8AJ
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95.
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Special offers

Kaia Sunday Brunch: £45

Choose from sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, prawn tempura, Japanese fried chicken, robata grill dishes and more. Finish off with a desserts selection including strawberry cupcakes, vanilla cheesecake & soy caramel and coconut chia pudding with cherry compote. Includes a glass of prosecco, sake, beer or umami Bloody Mary on arrival. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Sun 11:30AM-4:15PM

Offer valid until Nov 24 2019

Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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tastemaker

Wonderful brown rice poke bowls and sushi in the very glam Ned settings. Healthy, tasty with good service! Bussling on a weekend but if you prefer quiet and peace drop by on at a non-lunch-time weekday.

tastemaker

Hawaii meets Asia: Kaia is a gem of restaurant in the equally irresistible Ned Members’ Club in the City (but the restaurant is open to all). Think bold flavours, alluring spices and tasty cocktails. Whatever you pick from the menu, you won’t be disappointed. As a starter, go for the crispy prawns with wasabi mayo. Follow this with a selection of fresh sushi (the spicy tuna with beetroot pickle is extremely good). In the mood for a heartier meal? The black cod will melt in your mouth. Last but not least you can always go for one of Kaia’s signature poke bowls (a base of rice, colourful veg and either fresh tuna or salmon). The bowls are tasty and filling, and probably also the most instagrammable dishes on the menu.

tastemaker

Sat at the bar, service was excellent! Miso cod, lamb cutlets, rainbow salad and moci were a Devine.. and we had a drink in the Ned afterwards- beautiful location on a Friday evening! Although a little and loud and expensive.. still an enjoyable night :)

tastemaker

Love the Ned, this place is beautiful and Kaia definitely has one of the best food in the Ned. We ordered a few plates for sharing, rainbow poke bowl and the cod was stunning. Definitely worth a try, the staff were friendly and nice. Only downside are the high chairs and seating is really close.

tastemakerTastemaker

I am a Ned addict. Seriously. I have been a bunch of times since it opened and I just made two more bookings for this month... yeah. 


A friend and I were out in Central as it was, so we decided to pop in for a late dinner. Turns out, they were at capacity, according to the door staff, but they did say we could go on in to one of the restaurants that didn't take bookings and see if we couldn't find a table there. Well, we were approaching Zobler's when we noticed that Kaia (across from it in that beautifully massive banking hall) had some empty seats, so we asked if they were willing to have us, and they were! Happy days!


She and I both ordered a Yuzu Splash (pictured) and poke bowls - salmon for her, ahi tuna for me. We also shared a tempura prawn starter. The drinks were delicious and well-balanced, just the right amount of sweet and sour and just a hint of booze - dangerous on a summer's day if those were outside on a terrace, I tell ya. The starter was crispy and the prawns were plump and cooked perfectly, served with some delicious dipping sauces. 


The poke bowls, though, were definitely the stars of the show. (Yes, I instagrammed mine.) The colours, the textures, the flavours, the edible flower on top... no detail is spared here, whether for artistic merit or flavour. The tuna was fresh and flavourful and I couldn't believe it was only a tenner (less actually, I think). Incredible. 


The staff were great, very attentive and amicable, and the atmosphere is always lush at the Ned. I can't wait to go back!

tastemaker

Amazing! Went for the beautiful Poke bowls I had seen all over instagram but hadn't realised how tasty they and everything else on the menu was. Some of the best prawns I have had in London, delicious beef and meatballs as well! Service was a bit patchy but the food made up for it. Also Monday nights of music night at The Ned so had fantastic live music the whole time.

Tastemaker

The rainbow poke bowls are the real deal here. They are perfect for your Instagram feed, and they taste good, too. I went for the Tuna bowl since I heard it is the most popular in Hawaii. It was delicious. Nowadays it is easy to find poke bowls in London but one like this is hard to find.

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