Topless sushi is essentially just rice.
Bottomless sushi, however, is another thing entirely… and happily, you’re about to get very well acquainted with it.
Stretching the length of the eastern wing of The Ned is Kaia – one of the hotel’s seven different restaurants housed in the jaw-droppingly lofty, marble-clad, Grade I listed former banking hall of the Midland Bank. The dishes are Asian-Pacific in style, drawing on Japanese through to Hawaiian cuisine. And if that sounds like a lot of range, just wait until you try their new bottomless brunch.
Spotting one of the more grandiose buildings on Poultry in Bank, you’ll sweep through a pair of grand revolving doors; swing a right past the central bandstand (topped by musicians playing precisely the kind of easy, Sunday afternoon jazz you’d want to listen to at this time of day); and take a seat at the sprawling marble-topped dining counter on your left.
Order yourself an umami Bloody Mary, and stand up again.
Because you’ll want to head straight to the buffet – which you can approach as many times as you like – and build the first of what will inevitably be many, many plates. Set out across three tables (and a central dessert stand), there’s platters of freshly made sushi and sashimi; three different types of poke bowl; five Asian-style salads; miso soup; fried chicken (kara-age); tempura prawns; tempura sweetcorn; and breakfast bao stuffed with eggs and bacon – all of which you can feast on to your heart’s content…
…before coming back for teriyaki salmon; chilli roasted aubergines; beef skewers; pork belly; and yaki udon; and topping it all off with Japanese-style desserts like sesame chocolate squares, yuzu choux buns, monts-blancs, and green tea cheesecake.
Which means you’re bound to find something to matcha your tastes.
NOTE: Kaia’s bottomless sushi brunch is served every Sunday, 11.30am-4pm, and costs £45pp for unlimited food and a welcome drink. You can find out more, and book, on their website HERE.
Kaia | The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
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