If you haven’t been to The Ned hotel yet – you need to. It opened in May and my boyfriend and I stayed in June, and it’s incredible. So incredible that we’ve booked to stay again in October and I seriously cannot wait. The Ned is a 5* hotel, part of the Soho House Group, and is hands-down the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in. It has seven public restaurants, and two for members and guests only, as well as an amazing rooftop bar/restaurant with a pool overlooking The City. It’s a really special place and a must visit (photos really don’t do it justice). Since my amazing trip there, I’ve made it my mission to try all of their restaurants and last night I headed to the wonderful Kaia with one of my best friends Helen.
Helen and I have been besties since meeting at school when I was 13, she was 14 and we were in a girl band together (seriously). Fast forward a few (!) years and we are now both based in London, still as close as ever and always trying to find time to catch up.
Kaia is an Asia-Pacific restaurant specialising in healthy food, with a menu including snacks, poke bowls (my new favourite thing lately having tried them in a few different places), grilled dishes – and cocktails too, of course. Most of the restaurants in The Ned are based open-plan in the lobby around a bandstand with live music, so it’s a really buzzing atmosphere with diners and drinkers from the different establishments mingling with each other throughout the evening.
The seating in Kaia is mainly long, sharing tables so you’ll be right next to other people but this wasn’t a problem for us as it added to the dining experience (and also I got to spy on what others were eating and drinking)
Dining areas at The Ned
We ordered a couple of cocktails to kick off – I went for the Bombay Sapphire based Guava Giblet which was beautiful and arrived with flowers on the top (if a drink is pretty it’s basically a winner with me) and Helen chose the Banana Boulevardier – not as aesthetically pleasing but still delicious. At £10 each the cocktails here aren’t cheap but I’ve definitely paid more in London – mine was very short though which was a shame so I’d recommend choosing one of the others if you want your cocktail to last a bit longer!
Food wise we ordered some snacks to share – edamame beans with chilli, crispy prawns with wasabi mayo, and grilled asparagus with sesame seeds and honey dressing. All the dishes are really well presented and literally everything comes with flowers on top – even the beans! Obviously I loved this. The crispy prawns were my personal favourite, so tasty.
Even the beans are topped with a flower
We both then opted for the Salmon Poke Bowl. The bowls aren’t huge but are really filling and a perfect size with some snacks on the side. The bowls contain salmon, caviar, avocado, mango, corn and rice (with flowers on top, obv) and we both loved them. At £11 it’s a great little dish containing most of my fave things! Oh, and it looks cute too.
Poke Bowl – Salmon
We’d initially been advised that the reservation was for 1.5 hours only, but we ordered a bottle of prosecco to chat over after the meal and ended up staying 3 hours in total, so they definitely weren’t strict on this! If your table reservation does expire though, there’s lots of space in the bars elsewhere in the hotel that you can move to.
On a Thursday night The Ned was super busy with City drinkers and the bars were packed out, it was a great atmosphere with live music on the bandstand too. I’m on countdown to my next stay at The Ned already (literally can’t wait to be on that rooftop) and will definitely be continuing with my mission to visit all their restaurants beforehand.
Obviously I recommend that you visit The Ned (did I mention that?) and Kaia is a great choice once you’re there for some tasty Asian food. Update on the other restaurants to come!
I ❤ The Ned
Perfect for: catch up with friends in a buzzing atmosphere, cocktails, poke bowls!
Kaia is at The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ.