Native restaurant is a new neighbour to Neal Yard in Covent Garden. It is a small restaurant with the kitchen located upstairs and the dining area downstairs which is accessed walking down a metal spiral staircases. Ladies, I don’t recommend stiletto heels down these stairs.
I started with the Rabbit dumplings, smoked bacon dashi and pickled walnut (£8.50). The taste had a hint of Asia to it. I found the broth was on the salty side and it needed less salt. Otherwise this light dish made a nice first course.
This was followed by my second course which was the Pan Fried Hake, split Pea Dahl, Cauliflour Leaf Pakora (£13.50). I thought the combination of the hake with the split pea dahl and the cauliflour leaf pakora went well together. The Hake was a piece of beautifully cooked fish, with a cripsy skin and moist meat. The only thing that let the dish down that day was the seasoning of the Cauliflour leaf pakora. It was not mixed throughly, so one side tasted very salty.
Apart from the seasoning being a let down that day, overall I thought the combination of the dishes at Native were interesting. With the two dishes I tasted I thought each component on the plate worked well together.
(Not sponsored. Menu and prices correct at the time of dining)
3 Neal’s Yard,