It’s not often I find myself eating chia seeds out of a young coconut. Take one look at me and youâ€™ll see I eat a worrying amount of animal fat. But here, in the gorgeous surrounds of Soho House’s new hotel The Ned, I find myself eating just that, along with bircher muesli and a beetroot latte.
The restaurant in question is Malibu Kitchen. It’s the harder to find of the nine restaurants set within the foyer of The Ned; tucked away in the corner to the right of the entrance. We visit for breakfast the morning after the Borough Market attack yet the place is still busy – you’ll never stop Londoners having breakfast that’s for sure.
It’s a proper beaut of a dining room. Long and thin with an open bar and kitchen at either end. It’s calm and serene; our waitress talks with hushed tones. I feel like I should be wearing a bath robe. Thereâ€™s marble and potted plants galore. Weâ€™re given a booth for two. I love it.
We start with beetroot and turmeric lattes (not combined) which are surprisingly tasty. They’re a gorgeous pink and yellow colour too. I quickly realise thereâ€™s no actual coffee in either though which is a shame.
So, to the young coconut, filled with chia seeds (Â£15). Itâ€™s a whopping portion, at first I think I wonâ€™t manage it all but once I get going, Iâ€™m a man on fire. Itâ€™s a strange texture, like frog spawn, but itâ€™s weirdly addictive. Plenty of passion fruit adds both sweet and sharp notes and there are gooey, chewy nutty balls which are lush.
Bircher muesli (Â£7) is topped with prettily arranged goji berries, mango, blackberries, blueberries, dragon fruit and passion fruit. It feels good value for the array of fruit. Itâ€™s also incredibly filling.
Oh and Mum, bircher muesli is a dish of pre soaked rolled oats, usually overnight, the creation of Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss doctor and nutritionist who believed he could cure his patients with raw fruit and vegetables.
We finish with a side of hash browns (Â£3). They arrive piping hot, fresh from the fryer, all crispy and naughty. They have a strong taste of onion, the balls no doubt containing celeriac instead of potato. We donâ€™t mind as theyâ€™re delicious. Theyâ€™re best dunked in ketchup – ask for it, theyâ€™ve got some.
I went to Malibu Kitchen out of intrigue, to try food that I wouldnâ€™t normally eat and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure, I had a Bleecker burger for lunch, but it was chia and bircher that gave me the energy to get there.
Would we go back? Yes.