Somehow, we always end up in the same neighborhoods when walking around London. Luckily, there are plenty of new things to see and new restaurants to discover! This week, we tried out Redemption Bar in Notting Hill. This is one of the vegan restaurant’s two locations (the other is in Shoreditch).
Redemption’s slogan is “spoil yourself without spoiling yourself”. They serve fresh and healthy vegan, sugar-free and wheat-free food, and a wide array of alcohol-free cocktails. That may sound like a lot of restrictions, then – even they joke by saying “What is left??”. The answer: dishes and drinks full of flavor, as good for you as they are for the planet.
Their Notting Hill location is pretty small but very cosy. We arrived at 12:30 pm on the dot without a reservation and were very lucky to be seated straight away. A group of people walked in right after us and were told the wait would be 40 minutes! We started with two cocktails (or rather, mocktails), one original twist on a piña colada and one blended raspberry with edelweiss. In addition to being absolutely delicious, they were true works of art… Alcohol was definitely not missed, and we wish we could have tried more of them.
For our main courses, we took a plate of sweet potatoes, mushrooms and spinach called the Californication, and their daily Buddha Bowl consisting of warm quinoa, hot butternut squash, chickpea and rose harissa tagine, punchy kale and medjool date salad, cool lemon hummus, and pomegranate seeds.
Their desserts are “raw”, which means they are made exclusively from natural ingredients that have not been cooked. We couldn’t agree on a single one so chose their acai & vanilla cheesecake alongside a ruby chocolate forest cake. Same feeling as the cocktails: a true pleasure for the eyes… Decorated with edible flowers, I took my time immortalizing their composition before starting to devour them.
We were disappointed by the cheesecake (made with cashew cream) which had very little flavor and was not sweet enough for our taste. The cake, on the other hand, was delicious with its rich chocolate mousse. We left the restaurant with our appetites satiated, but nevertheless feeling like we had eaten healthy foods. For two drinks, two dishes and two desserts, we paid £47.
Pros: All natural ingredients and originality due to the choice to not serve alcohol
Cons: very few tables (which was also part of the charm), try to reserve if possible
6 Chepstow Road
Notting Hill, London
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.