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Kalifornia Kitchen

Restaurants, American Tottenham Court Road
2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Vegan entrepreneur Loui Blake’s plant-based eatery.

‘Because healthy is sexy’, runs the motto of Kalifornia Kitchen, a trendy new vegan joint in super-central London. The food certainly looks sexy, but then you’d expect nothing less of a venture from Instagram pro Loui Blake.

Is it healthy, though? Sure, some of it is. It just isn’t particularly inspiring. There are burgers, tacos, salad, falafel and a few other choices, plus a sort-of sides section with fries, guacamole and kale chips, all at a hefty £5 each, apart from kale chips, which are £6.

But we enjoyed our Klassic Kalifornia Burger, which featured the hyped ‘bleeding’ meatless patty from vegan brand Moving Mountains (it’s made with plant proteins and coconut oil). There were crispy onions, there were paprika fries: both good stuff.

The Sri Lankan curry, however, was a serious let-down. It was painfully bland, begging the question: why put a specialist curry on a menu of burgers and salads if it’s not in the least bit, you know, special?

Pecan pie and matcha cheesecake desserts were fine, but not memorable. Not least because there was only the merest hint of matcha in the cheesecake.

There were other blips, too. Service was polite and friendly, but patchy (we were served by four different people and had to wait an age for the bill), and menu labelling was unclear: part of a supposedly ‘all-day’ menu wasn’t available after 3pm, despite having no end-time printed.

Kalifornia Kitchen isn’t a terrible restaurant, but it feels like things haven’t been thought through, which when you’re paying prices that occasionally hit silly – £10 for pecan pie, anyone? – just isn’t on. Time to refine those Kalifornia dreams.

Details

Address: 20 Percy St
London
W1T 1DZ
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street
Price: Dinner for two with drinks: around £90.
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tastemaker

Kalifornia kitchen has a great vibe from the minute you enter. The bright pink and pastel colours along with the decor immediately take you into a holiday/summer mood. Although they are open til quite late I would suggest booking in advance at peak times as the tables filled up quite quickly. Their motto in bright neon lights on the wall was "healthy is sexy", i.e. eating clean can feel great! And to be honest I couldn't agree more. Having a look at the all vegan menu everything looked so tempting!

We ordered the avocado and smoked carrot on sourdough to start with, it was a good portion size and had a delicious smoky taste to it, full of flavour! Then we tried the jackfruit and guac tacos, another hit! You get three little tacos per portion and to be honest between the two of us, we shared these along with the avocado on toast and we were quite full! The tacos can be a little messy to eat but tasted incredible, the jackfruit was nice and crunchy and the sweetness was balanced out with pickle. 

All the dishes are well presented and so colourful, you'll definitely want to be sharing these on instagram! I have to say the highlight for me was dessert! Make sure you leave some space as the matcha cheesecake was amazing! Not only did it look so beautiful and mouthwatering, it tasted even better and I would go as far as saying its probably the best cheesecake I've ever had! My favourite part of it was the raspberry chia jam they topped it with, so creative as it complimented the matcha flavour so well!

The menu is definitely healthy, they even had smoothies and fruit juices that looked great too! I then noticed they even had a CBD latte, which of course I couldn't resist trying! Initially I thought it tasted like a normal latte but towards the end you get a nice flavour and feel relaxed too! ;)

All in all, great place and I would go back, the only thing that stopped me giving them 5stars was the service! Perhaps we went on a bad day but I felt the staff were quite abrupt and very keen to take away our plates and clear up even if we were still eating.

tastemaker

Kalifornia Kitchen seems to be the latest all vegan restaurant popping up in London.


After seeing the pink eatery all over insta, posting very pretty, colourful & tasty looking food, thought I'd give it a go to se what all the hype was about.


An attractive bright pink shop front, you enter the seemingly small restaurant right next to the kitchen bar. The downstairs is quite a long and narrow space, which opens up at the rear. Also includes the now famous pink spiral staircase, which leads you up to an upstairs seating area, making the cafe quite a decent size. 


Neon signs, and vegan slogans adorn the walls, with the likes of 'Don't Kale my vibe', giving the brand a good sense of humour.


After some slight back and forth with the waiting staff (it was their first day, so unsure what some of the items on the menu included), we ordered. Between two of us, we shared the Smoked Carrot & Avo on sourdough toast & Jackfruit & Guac Tacos for our mains. Both were really delicious. The Avo comes out on two large slices of sourdough, so quite filling. There were three taco's, which came with a side salad of kale. The jackfruit itself was really juicy, so we found it easier to eat with our knife and forks :) Both of us were really impressed by the quality of the food. 


For dessert, we chose the Matcha Cheesecake. You may think when it arrives, that it is on the smaller side. But it is so filling. The biscuit base was chewy and a great compliment to the topping.


Overall the visit to Kalifornia Kitchen was really good, and definitely lived up to the hype!

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