Time Out says
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.
11 Hartington Road
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington|
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £30.|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat 8am-9.30pm; Sun 9am-9.30pm|
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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.