Last Updated on December 12, 2016 by Fiona Maclean
Itsu Body Blitz Menu (and More):
Despite living and working in London and walking past various Itsu locations, a visit to Itsu restaurant in Notting Hill was something new for me. The point of my visit was to review the new ‘healthy’ body blitz menu, although as you may see, we ate rather more than could realistically be described as ‘healthy’. The restaurant downstairs offers a wide range of Oriental food via a conveyor belt system as well as a short menu of hot and cold dishes to order. And cocktails to order.
Upstairs is waiter service only, with cocktails and food brought to your table. It’s a little more intimate and would be a great place to meet up with friends
Oriental food has a reputation for being healthy – and the body blitz options from the menu manage to combine great taste and (hopefully) low calories and low carbs. I know from my 5:2 diet experience that making tasty low calorie oriental dishes depends on good fresh ingredients and was really looking forward to trying the food on offer. It was rather a wet evening and both of us were in need of something warm when we arrived so started dinner off with miso soup and hot spiced edame beans. Both are dishes from the body blitz menu and were just what we needed! The body blitz menu is designed to be nutritious as well as low calorie, with high levels of antioxidants and packed with vitamins. So, neither of us felt guilty at all. In fact, my companion ordered himself a second miso soup!
Picking more dishes from the body blitz menu involved finding the right things as they went past on the conveyor belt. We kept getting tempted…although for the most part I suspect our lapses away from body blitzing wouldn’t have been THAT bad. Well, perhaps not this rather naughty soft shelled crab…
Back to body blitzing, the salmon and tuna tartare was a fabulous fresh dish with delicate oriental spicing and coriander micro herbs
I picked out what was labelled as Vietnamese chicken – the only meat dish on the body blitz menu. If I’m honest I did suspect the rosy pink meat WASN’T chicken -but it looked rather good. And turned out to be wasabi beef salad (we spotted another later on that had been correctly labelled). I have no regrets, it was a lovely dish – with ultra tender beef complemented by a spicy salad of (I think) celeriac and wasabi.
The sweet chilli scallops were light and nicely presented with a dusting of chilli and the sweetness coming from a vinegary dressing.
I’m not a great tofu fan, so although I enjoyed the salad part of the ‘tofu and seaweed salad’ I avoided all the bits of tofu. But, they were quickly devoured by my companion
And, the prawn crystal wraps were great. I even managed to pick mine up with the chopsticks!
And we did indulge in some fabulous cocktails. In the interest of healthy eating my dining companion also tried the detox apple zinger juice, which looked convincingly like a cocktail. And then went on to have a rather unhealthy creme brulee!
All in, we thoroughly enjoyed our body blitz and more. I’m not entirely sure how healthy it turned out to be, thanks to the dessert and cocktails, and the occasional diversion from the body blitz menu – but then, it wasn’t a 5:2 diet fast day! Or of course I wouldn’t have indulged!
We dined as guests of the restaurant
100 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3QA