REVIEW

Kaia at The Ned Review

Found just around the corner from Bank station, and disguised by grey mortar, is The Ned. A five star hotel in the city of London with spa treatments and eight different restaurants to choose from, this place used to be a banking hall. 

Inside you will find high, warmly-lit ceilings and live music. You can choose from eight different cuisines including: Californian, Italian, French, Pan-Asian. With the menus refreshed weekly, there is a wide variety to choose from.

Temtped by the Asian-Pacific inspired menu, I chose Kaia. For £45 per person, you can enjoy unlimited freshly-made sushi, robata, tempura, poke bowls, desserts, create your own ramen and a glass of Prosecco. This offer is only available at weekends. A la carte is available if the buffet is not for you.

Sushi

From spicy tuna maki to seared salmon nigiri, each one is delicately made. If you have allergies like me, the chefs will happily make you ones without mayo or try and cater where possible. They will make you as many as you want, without any hesitation. As you can see, I asked for eight pieces!

I loved the tuna and salmon sashimi. Each one was fresh and thickly sliced and served on a bed of thinly sliced daikon. I really enjoyed the salmon avocado roll (without the mayo) – ended up eating 16 pieces! My favourite would be the seared salmon nigiri. It just melted in my mouth. I loved the smoky flavour along with the sweet sauce dolloped on top. Delicious.

Poke Bowls

All the poke bowls were presented beautifully. I chose the salmon poke bowl. I found the main components (charred corn, edamame beans, sesame seeds and matchstick nori) to be quite dry. Luckily, the pieces of mango were deliciously sweet and juicy. If could make one suggestion, it would be to have a dressing with it.

Desserts

The desserts for me were quite disappointing. There was only one vegan option (if you don’t count the fruit), which was the coconut pudding with tropical compote. The chia seeds and desiccated coconut left a very dry aftertaste. The compote was refreshingly zingy and would have balanced this out if there had been more of it. The fresh slices of pineapple and watermelon turned out the be the best part of dessert in the end.

I would have liked to see more vegan options other than just fruit but maybe one day it will make it on to the menu. Overall, the service was great and the food was memorable. I definitely recommend visiting and I hope to return soon.

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