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Squirrel

Restaurants, British South Kensington
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3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Squirrel

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A new health-food spot in South Ken.

All too often ‘healthy eating’ translates into a lunch that’s limper than a wilted lettuce leaf. Thankfully, that isn’t the case at Squirrel – a west London health-food haven, complete with indoor trees, bird house cutlery holders and a frankly disturbing mural of a squirrel being taken from behind.

But rodent rumpus aside, it’s a cosy space, dishing up hearty, filling food. Therein, a ginger spice warm grain bowl was well-seasoned and dressed, with a rich sesame flavour. Tofu – so frequently maligned – was smoked, firm and delicious. The guac ’n’ roll bowl was a free-form burrito, zesty with coriander and lime, and even a vegan rocky road was great, eschewing marshmallows for popcorn.

Though they’ve nailed the cooking, on our visit there were teething problems. The brilliant-sounding drinking well – £1.50 for as much green tea and infused water as your kidneys can process – wasn’t working, and a complicated self-service system meant ordering was a little chaotic. Hopefully, with time, the rough edges will be smoothed, to make for a slightly less nutty experience.

Details

Address: 11 Hartington Road
London
SW7 3ES
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £30.
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Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat 8am-9.30pm; Sun 9am-9.30pm
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:0
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tastemaker

I was expecting so much more from this place. Gluten free, vegan options. sounded so fabulous.. I went on Friday evening and that was probably not the best idea. The food was not fresh at all and I felt really sick after eating it and I only had sweet potato with chickpea stew. My friend got a salad and you could tell the guacamole is brownish and not fresh green, same with the broccoli. Also the toilets stank horribly. Sorry. But for a healthy place you need to step up your game and serve fresh food that's alive.

Tastemaker

Tried this place for the first time today and I have to say my experience was very pleasant! It is located very close to South Kensington Station, so it's super convenient if you're around there and want to grab a quick and healthy meal, different from the usual fast foods. 


Their salad options are not unique but they're tasty and colourful. Prices are not low, but you have to think about where you are, and also their food seems to be extra fresh! 


Of course you can always do what they offer at home, but if you're out and don't want to stuff your face with greasy & fatty food, Squirrel is perfect. And now that Spring days are coming, why not grab a salad and head to a park for a lovely picnic? :)

Tastemaker

This place had been on my ‘must eat’ list for several months which meant I was super excited to visit it recently. Sadly it also meant I was super disappointed when it failed to live up to expectations. In its favour is the fact that Squirrel is easy to find – two minutes’ walk from South Kensington tube – however once I’d arrived, I’m afraid everything went downhill from there.


Friends had arrived half an hour before me and had only been there a few minutes when the lights went out, dropping the back half of the restaurant where all the chairs & tables happened to be into gloom. When they asked what the issue was, the response was ‘don’t know’. When they asked if the lights would be coming back on again, the response was ‘don’t know’. By the time I arrived and food was ordered, a good 45 minutes had gone by in the dark with no explanation so I was less than impressed to be told fairly abruptly when I was barely halfway through my lunch that it wasn’t safe for customers to be in there and I’d have to leave in 5 minutes. Fair enough to suffer a power cut, nothing you can do about that but you can absolutely deal with it in a better way than this. A second member of staff reassured me that I was allowed to finish my food before I had to leave but frankly, I’d lost any enthusiasm for the place by this point plus the dim twilight meant that you couldn’t see any of the ‘tree house’ styling that the website made look so vibrant and unusual.


The food was ok but nothing special and certainly nothing that you couldn’t put together yourself at home after a trip to the market and a browse on Pinterest for healthy inspiration. Of course, that’s not always an option if you’re out and about and need a quick bite to eat but my point is that it’s not worth making a special trip out for. ‘Kale Yeah’ was a generous portion of kale with a tasty dressing – thumbs up – but barely any toppings while portions of avocado toast and salmon-avocado toast were skimpy in size and oversized in price at £4 for 1 piece – thumbs down. Tea listed on the menu was no longer for sale while interesting selling points such as the ‘Drinking Well’ with different naturally infused waters or the acorn shaped bowls weren’t working or available. The order had to be given at least 3 times because staff didn’t seem to know whether we should do it where it said ‘order here’ or at the other end of the counter by the till and then the first person we gave it to disappeared, leaving a confused looking trainee in their wake.


I wanted so much to like Squirrel. I’m always on the hunt for new and healthy places to eat in London but this just doesn’t match up to its peers with places like Good Life Eatery and even Wholefoods offering similar food at better or at least parallel price points. It just feels like the team behind it fell in love with the gimmicky idea of a healthy, leafy, natural tree house vibe without necessarily having the food & service credentials to back it up.

Tastemaker

Fabulous salad options and juices at this place, as well as grain bowls. The prices aren't too bad considering the area. I got two salads, a smoothie and two energy balls for takeaway. The first salad: prawn star, with decent-sized prawns and a delicious dressing. The second salad was the Sweet Beets: seasonal beet, spinach, walnuts and maple roasted squash option. Both were decently sized and at around £7.50, not awfully expensive for these parts. The Sweet Beets maple dressing is just amazing btw. I thought I would get sick of so much spinach but I devoured the whole thing! I got the  HAPPY SQUIRREL smoothie as well: banana, vanilla, spinach, cinnamon, almond milk, coconut nectar. It also comes with matcha but thankfully it's undetectable (I was nervous as I hate matcha but the friendly cashier assured me it wasn't noticeable) Rich, creamy and delicious overall. The energy balls were sufficiently dense and rich.


Awesome food, can't recommend highly enough for a great value healthy meal.

Tastemaker

I had the Ginger Spice grain bowl here today, and it was probably one of the tastiest salads I've had in a while. It had the perfect balance of flavours and not too much ginger dressing. There are a bunch of different dishes you can choose from, soups, grain bowls, salads, toasties, yogurts, and their toasties come at a very affordable price. They even serve Kombucha which is still quite hard to find in London. 

What I loved most was the decor, after getting your meal, you can sit upstairs and genuinely feel like you're in a treehouse. There are two indoor trees by the bar, but the walls and ceilings are painted to look like trees too. The atmosphere is very calm and soothing making it easy to forget the busy intersection nearby. My only critique is that the staff helping you decide what to order is a little too friendly, so you feel like you have to make a choice quickly. But once that's done everything else is perfect.

Also a little added bonus is that they have a placemat to colour in for kids so parents can easily keep them distracted and enjoy their food. 


Squirrel is the new healthy spot in town. It is also a journey through your childhood memories as the decor resembles a tree house. In the tree house you will be able to find the toys and the games that children used to play in the family lake house. 

Squirrel is the combination of a cosy retro nature inspired ambiance with a family friend environment. This is a place to hide from the city buzz, for a post-workout meal or for a family healthy breakfast. It is laid-back and definitely not pretentious.Squirrel is a place for everyone unless you are not into healthy and clean eating.

There is plenty to choose from ( hot drinks to cold pressed juices, salads to warm grain bowls, soups to energy balls, porridge to mylks) and I'm pretty sure that even the fussiest person in the world would be able to find something to eat or to drink at Squirrel. The salad bar is quite impressive as well as the nuts bar and the drinks refill corner with drinks such as lemon cayenne and barley water. The focus on detail  was obvious here and that's what makes the difference between Squirrel and other healthy spots in London.

I tried the gin and tonic hot drink. It was balm of goodness made with ginger, turmeric,and honey lime.  I was very pleased with my kale, salmon, fennel, cucumber, radish, sweet potato and almond salad too. It was refreshing and nourishing and the portion was quite generous. And the best: all of this for less than 7 £ during their soft opening week, a tenner from onwards.

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