REVIEW: Tiny Leaf, Notting Hill
London’s very first zero-waste, organic, vegetarian restaurant. We all knew this day was coming, in a city where just about every foodstuff has been explored as a pop up, food truck, concept, dining space or ‘social eating experience’.
So saintly does the PR description of this little joint in Notting Hill (where else) read, one might be inclined to roll their eyes.Allow themselves a little scoff at the pious nature of the premise. But a minute on the website gets one thinking – jeez this place looks good.
A tour around the four-floored emporium of sugar, spice and everything nice only serves to boost this notion – and that’s before you’ve tasted anything.
For vegetarians or otherwise, the experience is exotic. Drinks are served from a beautifully stocked bar complete with a living wall, a range of elegant non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails with cute moninkers like Tiny Tommy’s (Reina FBS Celery Cordial & Jalepeno bitters, Citrus, Tequila) and Fantastical Love Potion.
They’re fresh and experimental, without the usual pomposity – and the organic wine list will help you dodge a hangover, too.
Starters range from the light dishes like (beautifully presented) braised carrots and beets to heartier kale and parsnip soup, served with gorgeous home-baked bread studded with juicy raisins.
Mains might be a healthy ‘Market Plate’ (the day’s selection of vegetables, arranged artfully for a burst of colour), a miso rice cake with wild garlic and kimchi or warming mushroom risotto with truffle. For dessert, expect the likes of lemon and quinoa cake slices or croissant, buckwheat and butter pudding.
Despite your indulgences, it’s impossible not to feel virtuous as you admire the room’s plentiful greenery. That is, until the manager persuades you to the secret bar three floors up – gaze across the rooftops with an expertly made nightcap (chilled with what else, but hand-sliced ice) and remind yourself how lucky you are to live in a city that loves to experiment.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx
Address: 209 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1EA