The UK's First Paleo Restaurant
The UK's first Paleo restaurant has recently opened in Notting Hill, London and is already pretty much booked out until January. Welldoing popped down to have a chat with co-owner Adib Bamieh, sample some food, and see what all the buzz is about.
Pure Taste is a fine dining establishment (£15 - £32 for a main), located in Notting Hill specifically to cater for people who have decided that eating a Paleo diet will benefit their health. That doesn't mean others won't enjoy it though; Adib told us that it's a 50-50 split between Paleos and curious foodies. Adib himself went Paleo five years ago and is an “entirely different person" as a result. He has lost weight - he told The Times that his waist dropped 4 inches “without even trying" - his skin has improved and he “wakes up awake".
We asked for his advice on how to go Paleo:
- cut out at least sugar, dairy and gluten, but not necessarily all at once. He went sugar free for six months before making the switch.
- make sure you are strict with your diet at least 80 per cent of the time, it's important to be rigorous but exceptions can be made “once in a blue moon".
So, the food. We ordered a bread basket: Italian breadsticks - made using almond flour - and rosemary plantain crackers. We had two starters: fresh mussels in a Thai-spiced coconut broth and pan-fried wood pigeon breast with roasted baby beetroot and activated walnuts. So as you can probably tell, going Paleo doesn't mean compromising on great ingredients and flavours; quite the opposite in fact.
Adib was keen to explain that a major player in the restaurant's appeal is their range of desserts, which he feels most gluten-free, vegan or Paleo followers have to just avoid at all costs in other restaurants. Pure Taste offers Paleo versions of sticky toffee pudding, chocolate tart and even handmade nut cheeses (an attempt perhaps to placate those, like myself, who could never get their head around giving up cheese).
Pure Taste is also special in that it caters for 14 different dietary requirements, including low in FODMAPS, Whole 30 compliant, Egg free and carbohydrate specific diets. They also offer more than one vegan option, which is considerate in a restaurant which essentially revolves around animal protein.
That's what Pure Taste is about, really: a customer-experience focused restaurant, dedicated to making sure that they are providing diners with the best ingredients. They take great pleasure in bringing everyone along for the ride: whatever the dietary requirements, Pure Taste can meet them unflinchingly. Their goal is to make Paleo, which many might deem complicated, as accessible and enjoyable as possible, albeit perhaps not as cheap as possible.
Pure Taste can be found at 115 Westbourne Grove, phone number 0207 727 5000.
What you need to know:
What can I eat on a Paleo diet?
- Grass-fed meat
- Seasonal fruit and veg
- Nuts and seeds
- Oils: olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut