On the table:
Tempeh Caesar Salad / Rainbow Bowl / Sweet Potatoes / Matcha Cheesecake / Supergreen smoothie / Jarr Kombucha
Name: Kalifornia Kitchen
Where to find them: 19 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DY
According to the University of Oxford. If the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050. In addition to this we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion.
Loui Blake is the managing director of the UK’s biggest vegan restaurant Erpingham House in Norwich, and his second location Kalifornia Kitchen is home to delicious California inspired cuisine, with some serious interior goals, and often voted London’s top Vegan Restaurant.
I’m not vegan myself, however I have found that I enjoy more plant based options. I find this especially while dining out in recent years. Eating at Vegan restaurants especially is a lot easier for me, as I know that the entire menu will be dairy free, and there’s no additional concerns when ordering. Rest assured with the vast and varied menu even if you are an avid meat eater there’s sure to be something on the menu that catches your eye.
We started with drinks my friend opted for their Supergreen smoothie, while I ordered a Kombucha. I was very surprised when it arrived in what I would call a Gin glass. Definitely one of the most sophisticated Kombuchas I’ve had.
With all the food on the menu, the decision making wasn’t easy. But as it was a considerably warm summer day in London. We both knew we were after something more light and refreshing. Therefore Lydia went for the Rainbow Bowl which was a nutritious bowl of Cherry tomato, cauliflower couscous with pomegranate, activated seeds, roasted butternut squash, organic coconut yogurt, fresh avocado and falafel. I opted for their Tempeh Caesar Salad as since discovering “Club Cultured” I am literally a Tempeh fanatic, my bowl consisted of Blackened “club cultured” tempeh, fresh kale, romaine lettuce, their house caesar sauce, pickled cabbage and activated seed. And of course some delicious sweet potato fries to share, because carbs are always needed.
Last but not least dessert, my favourite part of any meal. We shared their Matcha Cheesecake, a raw cheesecake made with Raspberry chia jam, matcha, almonds, miso & agave syrup.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience at Kalifornia Kitchen. The interior design of the restaurant has been well though out, with extraordinary attention to detail. From the stunning spiral stair case, the open plan kitchen and plants galore. However I did find that I was more blown away by the interiors of the restaurant than the food itself. This I believe could be predominantly due to the fact that my salad as tasty as it was, wan’t quite as filling as I’d hoped. Will I be back? Definitely. The table next to us had ordered the Kalifornia guac burger with a Moving mountin B12 burger, Guacamole, crispy lettuce,rainbow slaw. Served with smoked paprika and thyme fries and it has my name all over it for next time.