Ingredients for a great afternoon are great friends and really good food, so I couldn’t wait to share this afternoon with you! KuPP is a great new restaurant in Paddington which is seriously worth a visit.
It’s got a really cool industrial design, inside and out, and though I was a little skeptical of the orange tables,after getting used to them I found I quite liked them. I’m really excited to go back in summer, when the warmer weather is warmer, ’cause their full length windows turn into sliding doors, which is perfect for a summer drink!
I was meeting friends I hadn’t seen in a very long time (being in France means that I don’t always keep up with everyone that I’d like to as much as I want) and was classically a little early so got time to sit and devour the menu before they arrived.
The menu is just wow. I’m fairly sure that no matter what mood you’re in you could find something that you wanted. Fish? Oh yeah. Meat? Plenty of choice. Vegetarian? A few fishes for you too!
I have to say, the one thing that stood out for me was the service; as soon as I walked in the door I felt completely taken care of and that nothing was too much trouble. Just what you want when you’re out for a nice lunch.
I love restaurants where you can see into the kitchen, so whilst I was waiting I amused myself by watching the chefs hard at work.
The kitchen continues the industrial theme, and so do these gorgeous lamps.
Being more than a little tender from one of their birthdays the night before my friends stuck to soft drinks, but I was feeling a little decadent and wanted to celebrate being back in London, so wine it was. Pete’s getting to be a real wine buff, and he was impressed by the wine, so that’s always a good sign!
Personally, I know what I like; a nice dry, slightly fruity wine and this sauvignon blanc hit the mark (in fact, it was so good that I might have had more than one glass… ooops!)
Okay, but now for what you’ve been waiting for: the food!
We started with a sharing plate of salmon on rye bread. The salmon is locally cured by a Norwegian (naturally!) and is incredible. Promise me you’ll have it if you go? Okay, good!
Being Scottish, I like to think I know my smoked salmon, but boy, this was incredible.
It was one of those moments where we were all trying to be polite and not have the last piece, but we got there. There wasn’t a speck left!
For mains, I was feeling pretty peckish so went for the rather incredible chorizo, sweet potato and fried egg. This piece of foodporn is just as good as it looks.
I’m going through a bit of a chorizo phase, and oh so hit the spot. Really incredible flavours and just what I wanted. But if I was a boy, or I was a little hungrier I might have wanted a side as well – just a little tip for you!
Pete, having had a late brunch due to a certain hangover, went for a lighter meal so chose the avocado on toast. A firm favourite with me I have to admit, you just can’t go wrong with it! I loved the addition of the chili and salad; it turned it into something you’d want at a restaurant for lunch as against a brunch at home.
Okay, one more of my delicious lunch. Cause y’know, there’s not been enough foodporn already, right?
Jess went straight for the dessert menu (a girl after my own heart!), and chose the banana bread. I have to admit I have a weird allergy to bananas, which meant that I couldn’t try it, but it looked amazing and I heard great things from the other side of the table!
I loved the way it was presented; it had an air of care about it, as against a slice of cake just popped on a plate.
Last one… But it was OH so good!
Despite my initial uneasiness about the decor, by the time I absolutely loved it. It’s a really cool restaurant and the vibe is amazing. I can’t wait to see what it’s like in the summer sun!
Next time, I’m definitely going to try the coffee, because after a long catch up we realised the time and all had to dash off so, sadly, couldn’t stay any longer.
5 Merchant Square
I was a guest of KuPP but all opinions and words are my own.