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A warming breath of Middle Eastern air in the heart of trendy Chelsea, Baity Kitchen's casual vibes, deli-style displays and unfussy, aromatic flavours are irresistible to locals. Pick-and-point
ordering sees plates piled high with deliciously unfamiliar salads (perhaps beetroot, caraway and avocado or wild rice studded with apricots and cranberries) and more filling dishes such as
za'atar-crusted salmon or chicken breast baked in pomegranate molasses. With fruit tarts, chocolate brownies and fat slices of cheesecake temptingly arrayed for all to see, even calorie-conscious
punters may struggle to pass on pudding. Baity (‘my home' in Arabic) also specialises in themed evenings, from mezze Mondays through burgers, tapas, steak and lobster to roasts on Sundays. Staff
remain faultlessly attentive and enthusiastic, even when up against the summer rush for hotly contested tables in the courtyard.
With interest I observed the opening of Baity Kitchen, opposite from Jak’s, with a similar menu offering Mediterranean salads, breakfast and more. At the beginning, I didn’t hasten to check it out as a cursory glance at their menu gave me sticker shock: Baity’s seemed 30% plust more expensive for similar fare, and I confess that I was happy with Jak’s. However, over time I tired of the crowds at Jak’s and the increasingly blasé staff – they seemed spoilt by the crowds that made Jak’s hard to get into . Indeed, the Jak’s modus operandi seemed to be getting people out as soon as they sat down. Further, I was...
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