I think one of the most challenging things (when watching your weight) are the weekends. When most people think of the weekend, it involves eating out, drinking alcohol, unwinding and letting go. When going to a fine dining restaurant, you don’t want to miss out by opting for the garden salad and be the party pooper. Finding a classy and sophisticated place to eat that meets your dietary requirements can be a challenge, even in London.
After hearing a lot of good things about The Ned and it being described as ‘Harrods food hall crossed with Vegas’ I was very interested to go and see for myself.
The Ned hotel itself is stunning, on arrival you are greeted by large pillars, stunning chequered floors and a live band. Located in Bank, it contains multiple restaurants to pick from including:
- Millie’s Lounge
- Zobler’s Deli & Diner
- Malibu Kitchen
- Lutyens Grill
This is one of the number one destinations for instagrammers on the gram, so I had to pay it a visit. It is fairly new and a creation by the people behind the likes of Soho House.
I booked a table at Kaia based on the healthy options available. The images on the website looked very colourful and tempted me to give it at go, especially as health was the main promotion factor. https://www.thened.com/restaurants/kaia
The cuisine is Asian pacific with poke bowls being the main attraction. For those who do not no what a poke bowl is, it is a traditional Hawaiian dish in a bowl that contains raw fish. It is a healthy eating trend that has recently hit The States and been extremely popular. This is a very new thing for The UK. In Hawaii the cubed fish is often eaten over a bowl of sushi rice and vegetables.
There were three options of poke bowls, 2 with raw fish and one vegetarian. I opted for the vegetarian as I wanted to try something from the grill as well.
- The rainbow poke bowl – this included papaya, avocado, and tamari glazed nuts
- Chicken meat balls
- Teriyaki salmon
- Edamame beans
Menu found here – Kaia Menu
The edamame beans has a lovely spicy sauce on them. Not that easy to eat though as they were very saucy and you are not provided with any wet wipes or water bowl to clean your hands. The asparagus was very standard, nothing special at all. I wouldn’t say 12 slices for £6 was worth it on this occasion. The salmon was delicious, melt in the mouth perfectly cooked and not too saucy. It also came with a very healthy portion of pickled ginger which is my absolute favourite, so very impressed with that. Cant comment on the chicken meat balls as I didn’t give them a try but they looked very good, healthy portion and sizzling on arrival. The poke bowls were of a large healthy size and the fruit and veg tasted very fresh and crisp.
To drink we had:
- Guava Gimlet – Bombay Sapphire, toasted cardamon, guava cordial
Menu found here – Kaia Cocktails
The cocktail was sweet, short and very strong. It didn’t have that strong nasty taste but I would say too many of these could be very dangerous. I am not suggesting this as a healthy option at all, this is just me enjoying myself 🙂 Ideally no alcohol and certainly no more than one. I have also been honest and realistic, I simply do what I do for confidence and happiness reasons and so one or two drinks now and again it absolutely fine.
I cannot say I was blown away by the seating arrangements. You have to sit opposite each other on a very long table with stools instead of chairs. There is no cloak room and you are encouraged to hang your belongings on a hook under the table. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere but I would say these seating arrangements bring it to the standard of a posh Wagamamas.
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