SquareMeal Review of
Redemption Bar Notting Hill
Having trialled the concept at pop-ups in Hackney and Holborn, Catherine Salway has set up a permanent base on the Notting Hill/Bayswater border, catering to the hopefully high demand from the gilded postcodes’ hot yoga-toned babes and their beaux for mocktails and vegan and raw food. Inspired by similarly haute hipster health-obsessives hangouts from Brooklyn Heights to Santa Monica, park up here for ‘Apple mock-jito’, ‘Beet-o-tini’ and a ponced-up virgin Mary. Served in salt rimmed vintage stemware, Coco-rita – coconut water, lime and agave syrup – is a £4.75 glass of green goodness that some will pooh-pooh as a double shot of El Tesero tequila-short of being a half-decent margarita. In the absence of wine, you can resort to alco-free beer if you must, herbal teas or almond milk latte with maki roll platters (£12); baked sweet potato; spicy Viet salad; heritage beetroot barley risotto made with peas, mint and pecan nut ‘cheese’ (£7.50 or £14); a daily pasta dish; sweet tarts (raw cocoa, avocado, coconut and date ganache on a hazelnut crust), fools and cheesecakes all likely to gain the Goopy Gwynnie seal of approval. Bright-eyed, glowing skinned youthful staff seem to have come straight from an Abercrombie & Fitch shoot. An early doors glitch perhaps, but scatty service – a mocktail’s missing key ingredient (aloe vera) breezily substituted with another (more coconut water) we specifically say we dislike – that’s like something out of The Apprentice !