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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.

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

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.

Our Instagram Favourites

Our Instagram Favourites

Hello and Happy Friday! We’ve been busy bees here at Redemption Bar as we start plotting Redemption for the Spring and Summer seasons. If you’re still feeling a bit chilly as we wave goodbye to dark nights and pack away our mittens, check out Andrea’s top 5 winter warming ingredients. If you’ve got some spare time on your hands this weekend, have a go at making your very own bliss balls using our own Redemption Bar recipe.

If you’re popping in for a bowl of Redemption don’t forget to upload your lovely pictures and tag us so yours can make it to our next favourites list!

A little bit of sanity. Buckwheat #pancakes with pear. #sundayfunday #redemptionbar #brunchmenu A photo posted by Aleksandra Rogowska (@ola1) on

This caught my eye today… #textart #lighting #font #photooftheday #lifequotes #redemptionbar

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• When you almost order the entire menu ( not all food pictured ) • A photo posted by Anna Sproul ॐ (@annasproul) on

Marble tables + pretty smoothies @redemptionbar A photo posted by @shannonbeer on

Thank you for all your lovely snaps – keep up the beautiful work and have a lovely weekend!

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

Seeking Redemption in London Fashion Week

So as you, your mum and your cat will all know, London Fashion Week has brought the city to a swanky standstill with designers showing of their unique collections and predicting trends.

Naturally, we immediately began to seek Redemption, and here’s what we found:

There are definitely traces of our Beet-O-Tini on Xiao Li’s AW16 runway:

Ashish’s AW16 collection made us feel like a load of models had had a beautiful battle with a packet of jumbo crayons and the result makes our hearts so happy – much like our Elderflower Fizz too!

Temperly London’s collection was just ridiculously beautiful… the mix of colours reminded us of our Raw Goddess Salad.

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This outfit from Lantern Sense layered stunning neutral tones, topped off with cherry coloured ear muffs – which got us dreaming about our Chocolate and Vanilla cheesecake…

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.

Our latest Instagram Favourites

Our latest Instagram Favourites

We’ve been sooooo busy recently, which we love – especially because it means there’s more gorgeous Instagram photos of you all seeking Redemption for us to drool over. So we’ve chosen a few of our favourites (which was extremely difficult to narrow down!) and have featured them below – make sure to tag us in your foodie pic so you can be included next time!

#VeganValentinesday with #mom 💗💗💗🌟🌟🌟 #London #Redemptionbar #Veganfood

A photo posted by Mila Ridella (@milalula) on

If you’re as hungry as us after all that, feel free to pop in – we’d love to see you!

Andrea’s top 5 ingredients to beat the winter blues

Andrea’s top 5 ingredients to beat the winter blues

We love party season, but come January we are dying to get some balance back in our life – without sacrificing our passion for good and plentiful food. There’s nothing more depressing than being faced with an unimaginative pile of wilting salad leaves and a diet Coke…it’s January, it’s cold and we want to cleanse the Redemption way!

Rather then getting depressed, let’s try to see January as an opportunity to cleanse the system after the indulgences of Christmas, a time to boost the immune system and clear out the toxins. For example these key ingredients (used heavily in our January detox menu) will assist in raising your metabolism, aiding digestion and boosting your immune system, while helping you to lose weight.

Beetroot is renowned for its ability to stimulate the liver’s detoxification process with high levels of betacyanin and antioxidant vitamin c which boosts cellular intake of oxygen for an excellent internal body cleanser.

Used in:  Beetroot Linguine, Beet-o-Tini, Heart Beats smoothie

Ginger and turmeric are world class disease-fighting spices. Ginger spikes your metabolism whilst the curcumin in turmeric helps the liver and digestion.

Used in: Bombay Love smoothie, Green Is The New Black smoothie, Flu Fighters cocktail, Lemongrass Laska

Parsley, a diuretic herb, helps the plumbing to run smoothly flushing out all those excess toxins quickly and efficiently.

Used in: Many of our soups of the day

Quinoa is a perfect gluten free source of protein to fill you up while providing nourishment.

Used in: Maki Rolls, 

Spice up your health with red hot chilli peppers – they help speed up the metabolism, aid digestion and curtail all manner of winter aliments –  the perfect antidote to a cold January day!”

Used in: almost everything!

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.

Shoreditch L-O-V-E

Shoreditch L-O-V-E

Following the latest Redemption Bar site opening in Shoreditch, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by comments of support and excitement by you lovely people.

We’re so delighted with our new pad that we’ve had some beautiful photos taken of the restaurant, the food, and our gorgeous team (even if we do say so ourselves!).

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One of our favourite comments came from Danielle Copperman who claimed it was “The best healthy feast in the East!”

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Here are a few more of our Instafaves

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Our Facebook page blew up with the announcement with people thrilled at the thought of being able to seek Redemption in East London.

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And our Twittersphere too!

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So all in all we were really feeling the love on social media and were so pleased everyone was as excited as we were! The lovely people at The Handbook and Esquire wrote some lovely pieces about our new Shoreditch site to so please do check them out <3

Have a lovely weekend and we’ll see you next week!

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.

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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