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SEEN Reviews: Squirrel – Eat Healthily Without Going Nuts

SEEN had the pleasure of taking breakfast with a friend yesterday in Squirrel on Harrington Road, South Kensington, a short walk away from the Tube station. Its cool green interior – the top floor of which resembles a treehouse – gave us respite from the heat and bustle of the street.

SEEN had the pleasure of taking breakfast with a friend yesterday in Squirrel on Harrington Road, South Kensington, a short walk away from the Tube station. Its cool green interior – the top floor of which resembles a treehouse – gave us respite from the heat and bustle of the street.

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A trip round the V&A, Science Museum and the Natural History Museum can tax the resources of the most ardent visitor, but don’t waste your money on empty calories in order to keep going. Try one of Squirrel’s healthy alternatives instead. There’s none of that dreary worthiness one normally associates with ‘healthfoods’. To be sure, the usual suspects of kale and quinoa are present but the combination of ingredients and dressings makes them hearty and filling as well as tasty.

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I had porridge with seasonal berries, bananas, walnuts, honey and yoghurt. My companion had the intriguing miso porridge with coriander, spring onion and sesame. The sweet and the savoury, as it were. SEEN is pleased to report that both porridges were filling and all the ingredients well-mixed and generous.

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There was plenty on the menu to enjoy: Warm grain bowls with names like Guac n’ roll with chicken, brown rice, spinach, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, black beans, tortilla chips, avocado, pickled red onion, and lime jalapeno vinaigrette are a far cry from the hippie foods of yesteryear; as are the salad bowls. Try the Prawn Star, which has prawns, romaine, shredded red cabbage, carrot, spring onion, red pepper, edamame, mint, coriander, sesame seeds, with chilli, lime and temari dressing.

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Squirrel is a child-friendly place with plenty to engage the adults. From nut dispensers to an unlimited supply of water-infusions, SEEN predicts this will be a big hit with parents wanting to instil the principles of eating sensibly in their little darlings, though they’re certainly not the only demographic. While SEEN was there, ladies returning from fitness classes were observed. The Lycée Française is also close by, making this eatery a busy but chilled–out addition to what is often an overpriced area. SEEN will definitely be back.

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Squirrel
11 Harrington Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 3ES