Lunch down under at Scarlett Green.
It started with great intentions. I’ve heard great things about some of the Daisy Green restaurants (there are now 10 in London) – relaxed and friendly places where you can enjoy Aussie classic dishes. My +1, obviously from Oz, told me she went there when she was looking for a taste of home. Then, I heard about the new wellness-focused menu, the brainchild of nutritionist Riannon Lamber and chef Kirk Haworth. What a fab excuse – you get to eat out AND not have that guilt factor. The wellness-focused menu is on offer at Scarlett Green in Soho and at Timmy Green (Nova Victoria) and at Darcie & May Green (Grand Union Canal). Soho always works well for me so we arranged to meet for lunch. The various Daisy Green restaurants offer an all-day brunch menu that is quite famous, together with an extensive Australian wine list and a comprehensive lunch and dinner menu featuring a number of Australian classic dishes. And I was keen to find out more.
The idea behind the wellness menu at Scarlett Green comes from Rhiannon’s approach, focusing on a nutritious lifestyle. ere are some great sounding dishes. How about ‘Green Shakshouka’ with spicy tofu, cavolo nero, garden peas, spinach, courgette, cashew cream, spring onion, chilli and fresh herbs – the perfect way to get your greens in at the start of the day. Or ‘Chargrilled Soy & Ginger Chicken Breast’ with fennel, carrot, mooli, spinach, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger & watermelon radish, and spicy red pepper sauce, offers up the perfect option. There are also dishes from Plates London courtesy of chef Kirk Haworth. Fragrant Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Curry for example and an ‘Asian Chicken Salad’, a healthy mix of candied chilli, cashews, coconut and nuoc cham dressing with wombok and red cabbage, both of which, apparently bring high levels of Vitamin A to the table that aid in boosting vision and promoting healthy skin.
But, my problem is when I’m eating out, my eye is constantly drawn to the indulgences. Cocktails for example.
A Raspberry Sour and a Paloma which both tasted as good as they looked. It probably wasn’t the best way to start a wellness-focused dining experience…
28-day aged sirloin with truffle and parmesan chips was delicious – and we ordered a side of charred baby gem salad, which makes it all alright doesn’t it? The meat comes from HG Walters, a butcher in Baron’s Court that I know well from when I lived there. Knowing the provenance of your steak is really important – grass-fed and ethically reared meat is less damaging for the environment and tastes better too! That’s all you’ll find on offer from HG Walters and I was delighted to see them listed as a supplier at Scarlett Green
My Aussie friend was also lured by temptation and opted for the famous chicken parmigiana – a panko coated chicken schnitzel with prosciutto, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and chips. Now, this way of making chicken parmy is apparently famous in Australia, though nothing like the melazana Parmigiana with chicken that I make myself. Definitely something for me to try next time!
OK, back on track again,
For dessert, I picked Rhiannon’s pecan and apricot tart with Greek yoghurt which looked stunning.
My companion, true to her Aussie roots had asked for the award-winning banana bread sandwich with honey mascarpone, fresh berries and almonds. Another pretty looking plate and hey, she got one of her 5 a day!
Throughout the meal, we drank a bottle of Australian pinot noir, Innocent Bystander from the Yarra Valley, which was delicious.
The ‘Re-Nourish Your Mind and Body’ menu is now available at Scarlett Green, Timmy Green and Darcie & May Green. Bookings can be made here and walk-ins are also available. And, you’ll be given the all-day brunch menu and plenty of other choices if, like us, you can resist anything but temptation!
4 Noel Street
London, W1F 8GB
020 7723 3301
Website for all the group, with menus and offers: http://www.daisygreenfood.com/
For other places to eat in Soho, do check our recommended restaurants