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TripKitchen, review: ‘delectable organic fuel to enhance your energy’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 July 2016

TripKitchen and Bar in Acton Mews, Haggerston

TripKitchen and Bar in Acton Mews, Haggerston

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Professionally trained ballet dancers Montse and Giuliana have translated the ethos of what’s on offer at their dance and yoga studio into their menu at TripKitchen next door.

Professionally trained ballet dancers Montse and Giuliana have translated the ethos of what’s on offer at their dance and yoga studio into their menu at TripKitchen next door - and the result is an eclectic mix of nourishing super foods which leave you feeling full of vitality.

The restaurant – set underneath railway arches – serves up foods that are plant-based, fresh, seasonal, and often raw - and yet a meal here doesn’t make you feel undernourished and as if you are missing out - as some vegan meals often can.

Half-Scottish, half-Sicilian chef Andrea Popolo Rubbio has brought both Mediterranean and northern aspects to the menu.

He even cures the salmon himself in-house with tea and cardamom, which is served Scandinavian style as a “small plate” for £8.

Trip dips with warm and crispy flat bread, come in generous portions and flavours like lime hummus, babaganoush or almond and urfa (a type of chili) cream, and make a really good value starter or a stand-alone snack with plenty for three people at £10.

The garlicky roasted aubergine served with pomegranate and a rich layer of creamy yoghurt is also not to be missed.

“Big plates” meanwhile include a delicate pan-seared sea bass on a bed of rich Jerusalem artichoke mash, with kale and Brazil nuts giving the stunningly-presented gourmet main course a unique super-food twist.

Prices are very reasonable considering much of the produce is organic, with the sea bass priced at £13, and a tangy pickled herring served with nutty purple potato mash at £11.

If you’re looking for a more conventional filler, the Trip burger in a brioche bun with smoked cheddar and rocket, is priced at £10.

Trip fries are all £4 and crispy and sweet courgette tempura gives a Japanese-twist, and the sweet potato fries served with a lime mayonnaise dip are delectable.

Decoration is simple and very ‘East London’, with basic canteen tables, a concrete floor and stripped back industrial-rustic brickwork.

The bright upholstered cushions are the only decorative element in the dimly lit space, but TripKitchen exudes warmth.

While the fitness programme at TripSpace promotes verve and encourages awareness of the body, TripKitchen dishes up fuel to enhance your energy, rather than zap it.

TripKitchen is next door to the owner’s yoga studio in Acton Mews, Haggerston tripspace.co.uk


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