SquareMeal Review of Kaia at The Ned
One of the more casual options in Soho House’s gargantuan Ned hotel, Kaia is an Asia-Pacific restaurant specialising in on-trend bowls of healthy food to share – an Instagram-baiting mix of rainbow-coloured vegetables and dishes from a robata grill.
We enjoyed a platter of crispy prawns pepped up with wasabi mayo, and a flaky teriyaki salmon from the robata grill served with palate-pricking pickled ginger. The stars of the show, however, are the gorgeous-looking poké bowls; try the ahi tuna, bursting with colour and flavour thanks to chilli and roasted pineapple, creamy avocado and chunks of fresh fish.
Desserts are less diverting; our selection of mango, green tea and black sesame mocha were served so frozen that it was hard to appreciate the flavours. Nevertheless, at Kaia you can still count on what are now the hallmarks of The Ned – friendly, attentive service, a buzzy atmosphere and stylish setting (communal tables, vintage-style desk lamps). Don’t have time to eat in? Many of Kaia’s dishes are available to take away.
About Kaia at The Ned
Describing itself as an Asian-pacific restaurant, Kaia is found at the far-end of The Ned’s expansive ground floor and boasts a menu inspired by countries with tropical climates – reflected in the restaurant’s menu of colourful and vibrant dishes and drinks.
Kaia is also a slightly more casual proposition than most of the restaurants in the hotel, featuring counter-style seating and an open kitchen, as well as a few regular tables in you are dining in a small group. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves the same menu throughout; you can kickstart your meal with crispy prawns with wasabi mayonnaise, edamame beans studded with salt crystals or Wagyu beef tataki served alongside truffle mayonnaise.
Next up, you can choose to order one of the colourful and Instagram-friendly poke bowls (fillings include tuna and salmon) or you can instead pick something from the robata grill – black cod with tarragon miso perhaps, or maybe spicy Hawaiian-style chicken with sriracha mayonnaise and coriander. There are a few options for vegetarian diners too, including robata grilled corn paired with wasabi peas, and asparagus finished off with sesame and honey dressing.
There is a whole section for sushi and sashimi too, where you will find the luxe likes of lobster or salmon and avocado rolls. To round things off, tuck into typical Asian desserts such as mochi balls with mango, matcha or coconut flavouring.
On Saturday afternoons, you can head to Kaia for a bottomless brunch, which sees your food paired with two hours of bottomless Mango Fizz cocktails. On the brunch menu, you will find Asian-Pacific takes on classic brunch fare, with options to choose from including a spicy bacon bao bun or a teriyaki burger topped with fried egg and cheese. Don’t miss the Japanese fried chicken either.