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Temple of Ten

Temple of Ten

Redemption introduces the new Temple of Ten Buddha Bowl

Get all your ‘10-a-day’ in one meal – it doesn’t matter what you do for the rest of the day!

There was a audible gasp of horror and a cynical reaction on Twitter when scientists recently revealed that the ‘5-a-day’ fruit and vegetable target was in fact INCORRECT, and we should be eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables every day in order to stay healthy.

With most of us struggling to even hit 5 portions of fruits and vegetables in a day, the new target of 10 seems completely unachievable. But not any more! We’ve just launched the ‘Temple of Ten’ bowl containing 10 portions of vegetables in just one delicious dish. Yes, it’s massive.

We’ve been getting lots of rave revies for our plant-based food but now we have upped the ante and created the only dish in London to contain the full daily target of vegetables in our new 10-a-day ‘Temple of Ten’ bowl, for only £15.

This plentiful bowl features at least 10 key life-giving ingredients totaling at least 800g of vegetables. As well as the daily nutritional target being reached, the bowl itself is tasty, delicious and satisfying.

It features:
• roasted deep purple sweet potatoes drizzled with a peanut & coconut sauce;
• Japanese style sautéed kale, mushrooms, spinach and broccoli with a rich miso, fresh ginger and tamari sauce;
• pickled turmeric and ginger cauliflower with nigella seeds,
• a crunchy slaw-type salad with red cabbage, julienned carrots, peppers, mange tout, with a pineapple chilli dressing with sesame seeds.

The dish is a contemporary offering designed in the style of Buddhist Temple Food, which, as well as being vegan, also traditionally avoids pungent ingredients like garlic, onions, asafoetida, shallot and leeks which are thought to sometimes overexcite our systems.

The dish was invented by Executive Chef and Creative Director Andrea Waters, who says: “It was a known secret in nutrition circles that the 5-a-day target was invented because 10-a-day seemed too much and would put people off even trying. What we’re doing at Redemption is giving people the opportunity to get to that target in one delicious dish. So you can do what you like for the rest of the day!”

Soul Food Meditation and Brunch

unnamed-5Here at Redemption we are holistic bunch and so we are back by popular demand with our amazing meditation & brunch sessions in Notting Hill – another step in our journey to give people the space to ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’ – rather a different type of lunch break, a bit of LA in London!

In a world in which many of us admit we are too busy to slow down and eat with mindfulness and appreciation and with scientific studies showing that eating too quickly can negatively impact our digestion, absorption of nutrients and overall health the Soul Food sessions are designed to provide the antidote.
“Guided meditation is a brilliant way for anyone to easily access the well-established physical, mental and emotional benefits of meditation. The guided meditation at Redemption not only helps customers connect to their inner state of peace and wellbeing, but it allows the body to slow down, reset and repair, ensuring everyone is in the most optimal relaxed state to digest and absorb the delicious, nutritionally-packed food being served”, explained Sophie Purvis the meditation guide.

Monday 27th February 9.30am – 11am
£40
Guided mediation followed by brunch

Buy your ticket here:





References:
1. Daily Mail Online, 10 June 2013, “Britain’s minute meals: The average adult only spends 23 minutes A DAY eating breakfast, lunch and dinner”. Available here.
2. Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, “How to heal your digestive problems naturally”. Available here.

Healthy tips for January

Healthy tips for January

As you guys will know, here at Redemption towers we are definitely not holier than thou. We need Redemption more than anyone else – why do you think we invented it?!

Admittedly we are somewhat regretting the decision to close operations for 10 days over yule since we are now feeling rather bilious and can’t get into our jeans. We need to get back on the Redemption wagon – fast! There are a few nice national schemes to help support us such as veganuary, dry janaury, dryathlon etc. But here’s our 3 top go-to detox and healthy ingredients and tips to get you back on top form and hitting those resolutions toute suite. Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.

1. Beetroot

What it does:

Beetroot has been the focus of a great deal of clinical research in recent years – it’s very high in natural nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure. Liver health studies show betacyanin has a benefit on liver function helping to increase the detoxification enzymes that remove alcohol from the liver. And many of us need that after Christmas. Who can argue with this, it’s like PROPER SCIENCE?!

As seen in: our smoothie heart beats: we shake together cold pressed beetroot juice, coconut water, orange, lime and ginger juice. Delicious!

2. Chia

What it does: chia is the Mayan word for Strength – these tiny seeds are powerhouses of nutritious energy, extremely filling and low in calories. They are also remarkably high in Omega 3 as well as soluble fibre and easily digestible protein, filling you up and keeping you energized for longer. Chia is as close to a perfect food as you can get.

As seen in: our best-selling instagram-favourite buckwheat & chia pancakes served with coconut yoghurt and seasonal fruit; and in our protein-rich superhero shake designed for post-workouts – a blend of bananas, blueberries, almond milk, chia, cacao and hemp.

3. Coconut

What it does: Coconut contains lauric acid, which has strong antiviral properties and can block the way viruses enter our cells and multiply. It has the ability to kill a wide range of harmful pathogens making it an effective way to help treat or prevent infections and viruses.

As seen in: erm, our entire menu! It’s our no.1 source of ingredients. We use coconut water, milk, yoghurt, oil and sugar. Does this justify moving head office to Thailand, we wonder?

Check out our daytime menu here and our evening menu here.

Healthy Christmas gifts from Redemption


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We all love Christmas, but it’s a time when many of us spend, consume and waste much more than usual.  We don’t want to be a grinch so we have come up with some solutions which mean you can spoil yourself without spoiling yourself – with bells on!

We are all becoming so much more conscious these days, and people are favouring experiences over THINGS.  We say YAY to this at Redemption, given that we also hate waste and landfill (we aim to recycle 90% of our waste from the restaurants).  We are launching two Christmas presents this year which you can buy online – a week of Buddha Bowls for £30 or a dinner for two for £60. We think there is no more thoughtful a gift than saying to your loved one:  ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.

Five Buddha Bowls £30

Buy your loved ones a passport to health for just £30!

We don’t all have the time or money to go on a full detox retreat in January, so we’ve put together a weekly Buddha Bowl course for £30. This thoughtful gift will help your loved one, colleague (or even yourself!) to eat healthily in the new year.

Each day we prepare a super-nutritious Buddha Bowl in both our Notting Hill and Shoreditch branches (click here for the details) – and this package will entitle the bearer to one each day for the 5 days of the week.

Notting Hill:


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Shoreditch:


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How it works:  All 5 Buddha Bowls must be redeemed in the same week in the same branch by the same person; 5 Buddha Bowls are available in Shoreditch Monday – Friday and in Notting Hill Tuesday – Saturday; Eligible weeks are from 9-15 January to 20-26 February inclusive; Buddha Bowls not redeemed are forfeited; Food or cash alternatives cannot be given.

 

Dinner for two £60

A delicious and nutritious meal for two is the perfect gift to show you care for someone and say: ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.  We’ve kept this voucher as flexible as possible so the package can include anything from the menu (click here to see our current dinner menu).  All you need to do is to email us at hello@redemptionbar.co.uk to book your table when you’d like to come and redeem the voucher.





How it works: The voucher is redeemable against lunch or dinner to the value of £60 in either Redemption Notting Hill or Redemption Shoreditch.
Please email hello@redemptionbar.co.uk with your name and Paypal reference to book your table.
Voucher expires 6 months from the date of purchase.
Cash alternatives cannot be given.

Christmas at Redemption

We all love Christmas, but it’s a time when many of us spend, consume and waste much more than usual.  We don’t want to be a grinch so we have come up with a solution which mean you can spoil yourself without spoiling yourself – with bells on!

Did you know that one kilo of either beef or lamb can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York? (click here for the source of this remarkable fact)

Let’s face it, Christmas is not a very nice time of the year for turkeys and even cheese has a high carbon footprint so the IDEAL choice for the planet overall is vegan.

So, Andrea has put together the most gorgeous, nutritious and luxurious Christmas spectacular menu, even managing to convince Mrs Payne to share her secret recipe for the best nut roast in the world.  Here is the menu in all its glory.  Do please book in (6 or more) and enjoy this wonderful festive feast with us in Notting Hill in December.

Give us a call on 020 7313 9041 to book your meal.

We’re open as usual until Friday 23rd December when we will close after lunch.  We’re back on Tuesday 3rd January for lunch.

 

a tour around the healthiest autumn menu in London

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As the nights draw in, the wind picks up and the leaves fall, we finally accept summer is behind us. Sob! But now we embrace the richer, earthier tastes of autumn and look forward to the mysterious promise of Halloween, Bonfire Night and beyond.

It might be tempting to succumb to sausages and mash, but here at London’s healthiest restaurant we have a mission to create super healthy food which is exciting, delicious and satisfying. Here are a few highlights from our new autumn menu, which we are really excited about. We hope you will love it too.

We’ve been serving our amazing nerone black rice risotto with English asparagus and peas all summer, but now the dish will excite the umami palette with the deep rich flavours of seasonal wild mushrooms and earthy porcini. Customers are genuinely incredulous that this dish is vegan and gluten-free.

We love a bit of spice in our lives and so we’ve added firecracker cauliflower – sticky baked cauliflower florets with a ginger, garlic, chilli and tamari sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds. This works beautifully as a sharer with our grilled aubergine and tahini (with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and fresh micro basil).

Many of you will be aware of our mighty-instagrammable buckwheat pancakes and now we are giving them an autumn twist by serving them with banana, caramelised pecans and maple syrup – hmmm, resistance is futile!

We have an exciting new range of desserts with vanilla and acai cheesecake, a festive pumpkin pie, and a totally indulgent ruby forest gateau – layers of rich chocolate mousse on a crunchy nutty chocolate base with raspberries and vanilla cream. And yes they are STILL low in natural sugars, gluten-free, wheat-free and bursting with only good fats.

On top of that we are getting great feedback from our newly extended drinks menu, full of smoothies, raw juices, alcohol-free cocktails and beautiful warming teas and lattes.

Overall we hope we have delivered one of the most exciting top vegan restaurant menus in London, and a great place for eating out if you want to spoil yourself without spoiling yourself. We hope to welcome you soon.

Here are the menus for you to browse:

Notting Hill weekday daytime menu

Notting Hill weekday evening menu

Notting Hill weekend daytime menu

Shoreditch daytime menu

Alcohol Free London

Alcohol Free London

Alcohol Free October
Fro co rita at Redemption
Being the owners of London’s only real alcohol-free restaurant, we often get asked our opinion on going alcohol-free for a month, whether that be Go Sober For October, Dryathlon or Dry January. The answer is, of course, we are all for it! Our customers tend to be young cool people who like the idea of having a night off all the usual temptations and buy into ‘eat clean’ living. But when these campaigns are running we get a broader type of customer as more of the general public try going alcohol-free.

I’ve read reports that show that by taking a month off, we can help to reset ourselves and our drinking and that helps us to cut back over the year. This in turn helps improve the quality of our life with things like sleeping better and keeping our flab under control.

The way our society has developed is that you often feel like a social outcast having to explain not having a drink, which is crazy considering we are constantly being told we drink too much. Happily these campaigns are making it more part of our normal culture to not drink which is getting us back to a better place of balance. But you don’t have to sign up to a particular label or campaign – these days it’s becoming quite socially acceptable to tell friends you’re doing 5:2 with drinking, or laying off the booze during the week.

Which ever way you decide to play it, we are happy to see you and happy to support you in one of our two London bar restaurants. We have upgraded our drinks menu, so as well as things like alcohol-free lager, we also have an extensive range of alcohol-free cocktails such as the pious pina colada, the apple mockjito and the fro-co-rita. All served up in lovely glasses in a cool environment so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything. Come and spoil yourself without spoiling yourself!

Welcome to London

Welcome to London

Given that London is the no.1 tourist destination in the world and we are now heading into holiday season, we wanted to give a big welcome to all our overseas visitors. We are ignoring all the boring political things that are happening, and we hope you feel totally welcome and have a lovely time in our city. We’d be honoured if you’d come and visit us, arguably the healthiest restaurant in London, described by some as the best vegan restaurant in London. We are located near Portobello market in Notting Hill and in the middle of Shoreditch, the party capital of London, where you might #needRedemption. Don’t forget to bring the sun with you!

Francais
Étant donné que Londres est la destination touristique no.1 dans le monde et nous sommes maintenant à la tête dans la saison des vacances, nous avons voulu donner une grande bienvenue à tous nos visiteurs d’outre-mer . Nous ignorons toutes les choses politiques ennuyeux qui se passe , et nous espérons que vous vous sentez totalement bienvenue et un agréable séjour dans notre ville . Nous serions honorés si vous souhaitez venir nous rendre visite , sans doute le plus sain restaurant à Londres, décrit par certains comme le meilleur restaurant végétalien à Londres . Nous sommes situés près du marché de Portobello à Notting Hill et dans le milieu de Shoreditch , la capitale de la fête de Londres, où vous pourriez #needRedemption . Ne pas oublier d’apporter le soleil avec vous!

Espanol
Teniendo en cuenta que Londres es el destino turístico número 1 en el mundo y ahora estamos dirigiendo en temporada de vacaciones , hemos querido dar una gran bienvenida a todos nuestros visitantes extranjeros . Estamos ignorando todas las cosas aburridas políticos que se están produciendo , y esperamos que usted se sienta totalmente bienvenido y tienen un precioso tiempo en nuestra ciudad . Nos sería un honor si lo venga a visitarnos , posiblemente el restaurante más saludable en Londres , descrito por algunos como el mejor restaurante vegetariano en Londres. Estamos ubicados cerca del mercado de Portobello en Notting Hill y en medio de Shoreditch , la capital de la fiesta de Londres, donde es posible que #needRedemption . No se olvide de traer el sol con usted!

Italiano
Dato che Londra è la meta turistica numero 1 al mondo e ora stiamo andando in stagione delle vacanze , abbiamo voluto dare un grande benvenuto a tutti i nostri visitatori stranieri . Stiamo ignorando tutte le cose politiche noiose che stanno accadendo , e speriamo sentire completamente il benvenuto e hanno un bel tempo nella nostra città . Saremmo onorati se saresti venuto a trovarci , forse il ristorante più sano di Londra , descritto da alcuni come il miglior ristorante vegano a Londra . Siamo situati vicino al mercato di Portobello a Notting Hill e nel mezzo di Shoreditch , la capitale del divertimento di Londra, dove si potrebbe #needRedemption . Non dimenticate di portare il sole con te!

Female entrepreneurs unite at Southbank

Female entrepreneurs unite at Southbank

International Women’s Day has been a global hit, celebrating and empowering women in all corners of the world, and sparking discussions across a number of gender-specific topics.  

Fuelled by the accessibility of social media, a piping hot discussion point has been women in business, which is something we’re particularly passionate about here at Redemption – a business run by two female entrepreneurs. In fact as such we have been asked to contribute to WOW, The Southbank’s Women of the World festival which celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential – on Sunday 13th March.

Andrea and I see ourselves as humans rather than females – we are just a couple of feisty headstrong people utilizing our talents and giving something ballsy a go. Both our mums were thought leaders and they have taught us well.  We have faced, and continue to face, huge challenges and obstacles in our journey, often from middle class, middle aged men, so we are not unused to discrimination.   It’s unacceptable to be underestimated because you are female, but you can use that to your advantage in business.  For example, often people don’t realise they are being negotiated with, and blokes will do you favours because they think you need help, which can actually be quite handy!

What we are aiming to do with Redemption is to provide people with a positive choice.  The hardest decision you’ll make is to come to Redemption, and after that you can’t make a bad decision for yourself, society, animals or the planet.  Choice is such an important thing that we too often take for granted in our country. Given that we are so lucky to have the power and the opportunity to set up a business, we feel it’s important to set one up which gives back to the universe rather than making a fast buck out of something which would damage it.

It all boils down to the fact that ideally we shouldn’t have to have a day for women, where we can amplify the inequalities between genders – if we keep evolving and developing, hopefully we won’t need International Women’s Day to bring these issues to general attention. But until then we’ll keep working our hardest to build our redeeming enterprise.

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

And then there were two: the making of Redemption Shoreditch

When I first came up with the idea for Redemption in 2012, I had an instant vision of a white / grey neon sign and the dark navy teal colour.  (Maybe it was a reaction to being at Virgin and looking at the colour red all day for 17 years!) I began to think of what colours would work well with navy and teal, and rose gold was leaping out at me on fashion and jewellery pages but not yet in interiors. I thought how beautiful it would look with the navy teal in an interior, quite unlike anything else we’d seen in interiors and definitely unlike anything you might see in a “healthy” space.  I showed the palette with some texture ideas to my designer friend Pat, and after a couple of weeks he came back and said, you’ll never guess what, those colours are what’s being predicted for interiors in 2015.  And so that has come to pass.

“As it was Shoreditch we wanted a ‘wow’ factor too”

We were really limited on what we could do with our vision during our three pop-ups 2013-2015.  We had the neon sign and a few plants, candles, fairy lights, disco balls, and that was about it.  As soon as we got our own site in Notting Hill, we were able to really bring the colour palette to life.  It was a bit muted however, and I felt it needed one more colour to punch through.  I went on a girls’ weekend to Berlin and visited some amazing clubs, bars and restaurants. I saw a brilliant turquoise banquette in a black wall, with copper accent lights and that inspired bringing in turquoise velvet into our scheme.  At the same time, JD, our general manager, was scoping out the restaurant and felt we needed a banquette to make it more luxurious.  JD, Andrea – our amazing executive chef – and myself went to a supplier to choose the fabrics, looking at them in different lights until we eventually all agreed that this was the Redemption brand colours.  We fitted out Notting Hill on a shoestring, and its still not finished really, but we decided to splash out on the beautiful fabrics and marble tables, as well as stunning tableware, in order to live up to the brand promise of ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.

When I first went to see the Moroccan restaurant Boyago with a view to buying it early in 2015, it had been very heavily decked out with Moroccan red colours and black ironwork.  But I could see that there was a classic Georgian room, almost like an orangery, waiting to burst out of the bones of the place.  Just by removing all the clutter and taking it back to a white and dove grey basic scheme, its beauty would shine through.  It took nine months to acquire that site so it was such a relief to finally get the keys and turn it into Redemption Shoreditch, which we turned around in two months of very hard work!  We used the same turquoise upholstery for the chairs and banquettes and we found some lovely lampshades that are grey on the outside and copper inside.  As it was Shoreditch we needed more ‘wow’ factor though.  So I decided to take the scheme forward with a coral pink neon – the same colour Tracey Emin uses – set on a concrete bar with a copper top.  It’s a beautiful work of art and gives off an alluring glow to the street.  

All three of us have a good eye for design. JD is Dutch – he appreciates clean lines and he’s brilliantly practical at coming up with stuff that looks great but works well too.  In Shoreditch we’ve had to use every inch of the space for storage as there isn’t any, and he’s been very ingenious with that.  Andrea and I have similar taste in most things, she’s got a laid back Ibiza glam sensibility.  So she always comes in at the end and finishes off the space with stunning flowers and candles and we also have exactly the same taste in music.  And in those final touches, the brand and the experience comes to life.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Catherine x

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

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