The Ned: London’s new members club & home to latest (and coolest) rooftop pool for celeb spotting. But you don’t need to be a member to enjoy the ground floor restaurants. And my favourite by far has to be Kaia, The Ned – serving the most beautiful (and Instagrammable…) Poke bowls, alongside grilled treats and the tastiest tataki.
But first things first. The setting. Think traditional British dark panelled wood meets Gatsby. The restaurants are open plan- we’re talking the poshest food court you’ve ever been too. While Kaia has a few round tables (and a more casual canteen/ takeaway area), the majority of the seating is on the long shared bench tables.
Start with a G&T (I recommend a Monkey 47), or if you’re feeling virtuous a Jarr Kombucha– admittedly no less tasty, especially in the Passionfruit flavour.
Food wise, for starters, it’s all about the Tataki. The Tuna with Pineapple Salsa may be a little tricky to eat (it’s surprisingly hard to balance that pineapple…), but it tastes incredible.
As does the Wagyu Beef Tataki with Lotus Root and Truffle. Can a beef & truffle combo ever taste bad?! I’m also a fan of the slightly naughtier Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayo….
Another highlight of eating at Kaia is the service. Instead of being rushed from one course to another, you’re given time to sit and enjoy your courses (and Gin)….before the next one arrives.
Next up is the signature Poke bowls….almost too pretty eat…
My personal favourite is the Tuna- combined with the crispy onion, sweet pineapple, creamy avocado and sesame seeds- best Poke in London. That said, the Rainbow bowl, with Tamari Glazed Nuts, Papaya and Avocado deserves a mention here too- a dish so tasty that it’s the kind that would trick the anti-Vegans into forgetting it contained no flesh.
At this point, it is fair to say you don’t need anymore food.
So obviously you await your grilled options.
If you thought the Tuna Tataki was hard to eat with chopsticks, wait till you try and pick up the slippery Black Cod. Worth it though- every single buttery bite.
But- it’s the Corn on the Cob which steals the show.
I know, I know. Corn on the cob-really?! In fact, every time I order it someone says the same.
But this is no ordinary corn on the cob- this is corn on the cob from the grill, coated in some kind of special mayo and rolled in wasabi peas. And it tastes amazing. So amazing that I’ve started a new obsession with ordering corn on the cob sides at any restaurant we go to in the hope it’s anywhere near as good (so far, it hasn’t been).
By the time you’ve finished at Kaia, The Ned, you’ll probably be more than a few Monkey 47’s down and not wanting to leave. Which is fine, because the next bar is just across the foyer…
Kaia is at The Ned. For more details and reservations, visit their website here: https://www.thened.com/restaurants/kaia
Also be sure to check out my post on Zobler’s Deli, The Ned.