Malibu Kitchen at The Ned

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A clean-eating restaurant at hotel-cum-members’ club The Ned.

Malibu Kitchen is a little slice of California in the City. One of nine restaurants on the ground floor of super swish hotel-cum-members club The Ned, this clean-eating kitchen quite literally looks on the bright side. A slender, beautifully proportioned strip of a restaurant, enormous arched windows run along one wall, flooding the place with light. Grab one of the cute mini-booths directly under the windows and you can almost make believe you’re looking out onto the Pacific. There’s even a teeny cactus on each table.

The food is just as sunny. A good half of the menu is vegan and vegetarian, and the rather lovely surprise is that it’s not just virtuous, it actually tastes good, too. Take the ‘forbidden’ rice bowl: billed as an unappetising-sounding concoction of fermented vegetables and kale, it’s actually a richly textured mix of warm black rice, creamy avocado, spinachy veg and sharp alfalfa. Generously portioned and genuinely luscious, if clean eating always tasted this good I’d be doing it all the time.

Another highlight was the ‘roast cauliflower steak’. The cauliflower itself was beautifully fresh and al dente, the perfect foil for the smoky za'atar, crispy spiced chickpeas and garlicky yoghurt it was served with. All together this ‘steak’ made a juicy, meaty mouthful that at no point made me long for the real thing. Big achievement. Dedicated carnivores take note: there is a cheeseburger and plenty of fish on the menu. You will not be roped into going raw. Though the burger does come on a potato bun.

On the fishy side of things, the sea bream taco was beautifully spicy. The only slightly dud note was the ceviche, which, despite good quality seafood, lacked depth and was excessively tart. Overall though, this is a great spot to do some guilt-free dining. And don’t forget to go full-on LA, baby, and wash your meal down with a truly lip-smacking green juice. 

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Malibu Kitchen at The Ned
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Address: 27 Poultry
Bank
London
EC2R 8AJ
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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tastemaker

What a colourful palette we had through our dishes! My friend and I came to celebrate the submission of our Master's thesis and shared a few dishes:


1. Sweet Potato Fries - How to go wrong with a classic like this? They were super crisp on the exterior and fluffy on the inside! They came with a basil flavoured dip but I thought they went better with ketchup and a spicy yogurt dip that we got when we asked for mayonnaise. 


2. Avocado Dip - Essentially some fresh vegetables and vegetable crisps to dip into smashed avocado. Not the most original dish but it was well presented and super colourful!


3. Salmon - We went for some cured salmon covered in poppy seeds and served on more avocado. Again, a simple dish so nothing spectacular but the presentation was well done. 


4. Courgette & Almond Flatbread - I was expecting more of an actual 'flatbread' consistency but this was more soft and nutty than I imagined. I didn't really like it but I did enjoy the fresh and colourful tomatoes and olives on top. 


To go along with the meal, I went for a cocktail. I can't remember its name but it was a lovely one. It went down easy and had a good fizz to it. Overall, I think the focus was more on the presentation and colours, which were extremely well done. However, in terms of taste and flavour, it was lacking for my liking. The service was lovely though, the hostess and waitresses were friendly and our food didn't take long to arrive after we ordered. I liked that when we asked for the bill, it came with 2 homemade salted chocolate cookies. These were a nice end to our meal!

Tastemaker

The large entrance hall at The Ned is beautiful and grand and houses a number a appealing restaurants. Malibu Kitchen is situated near the windows so there was sunlight streaming in on my visit. There was jazz music playing the the background and a central stage located in the middle of the hall which presumably hosts live music later in the day. There's a gorgeous dark blue and floral Azure tile bar at one end of Malibu Kitchen and an open kitchen at the other end, with half a dozen leather booths along the sides and two long communal white marble tables in the middle.


I went to Malibu kitchen at 11:00 on a Friday for a quick bite to eat, hoping to order from the all day menu. I was a bit confused because online it said breakfast until 11:00, all day menu from 11:30. I'm not sure why there was a gap, as it also said the restaurant was continuously open from 7:00-23:00. When I arrived, they said the all day menu wasn't served until 12:00.


I was literally the only one in the restaurant apart from staff and they couldn't give me a two person booth as they were all apparently booked for approximately 11:30. As it turns out only two other customers came into the restaurant, just as I was leaving at 11:40. I would definitely have preferred a booth over being seated at a communal table in the middle of the room with absolutely nobody else there. Service other than that was professional and prompt.


I ordered the egg white omelette which was well cooked through and full of herbs. The hashbrowns were small but unique little shredded potato fritters and they came with ketchup without even asking. Prices were okay considering the location - £8 omelette, £3 hashbrowns, £3 latte. The hash browns ended up being charged incorrectly at £4 on bill so they ended up taking them off the bill completely.  

tastemaker

Defiantly worth a visit - the Ned itself is very very impressive large high ceilings and amazing decor, which is carried out through all of the restaurants. 


The cheeseburger for a main was delicious, however my favourite part of the meal was the ceviche - it was super fresh and full of flavour - overall worth checking out!  

tastemaker

Popped into Malibu Kitchen for an early dinner on Sunday with no reservation. The Ned itself is gorgeous, decked out in early 1900s glamour, and this decor carries through to Malibu Kitchen. The super sour prawn and octopus ceviche and padron peppers served with vegan aioli were lovely! As was the sweet spicy young coconut and  palms of heart salad. We were however disappointed with sea bream tacos - they were on the dry side, and the healthy juices - these comes pre-squeezed in bottles. We would have expected them to be juiced fresh. All in all, if you're after healthy and beautifully presented dishes (Instagram anyone?) Malibu Kitchen is well worth a visit. I'll be back for that ceviche.