For my mum’s very belated birthday, I had booked us tickets to go and see Motown the Musical. With the show not starting until 7:30pm we needed somewhere fairly close but very yummy for dinner first, which is how I found Nat.ive.
I have always loved finding small one off restaurants, and living in London now means I’m inundated with them….it’s just a case of finding the good ones! Nat.ive is tucked away in Neal’s Yard, just off Seven Dials in Covent Garden. If you didn’t know it was there you would never find it. Serving “wild British food” it may as well be a Michelin star restaurant, without the price tag.
From the outside it almost looks like an unassuming cafe, with only a handful of tables and its open kitchen. However, it does have a lovely little dining room downstairs, complete with wooden tables and earthy decor adding to its rustic feel.
The menu is seasonal, meaning you know your getting the freshest ingredients on offer.
As it was a birthday celebration, all be it belated, we started with two lovely “English Garden’s”, a fab mix of elderflower, apple eau de vie and prosecco. Deliciously light, the flavours worked so well together and was the perfect aperitif.
After perusing the menu we ordered starters. Wye Valley Asparagus, smoked lardo, whey dressing and sourdough for Mummy dearest, while I opted for the Scallops with sobrasada, tomatoes and wild fennel.
Both dishes were served beautifully and you can tell some serious thought went into not just how the dishes would taste, but how they looked too. My scallops were incredibly tasty, with a hit of spice too. The asparagus was also really lovely, very fresh seasonal flavours.
For mains we both opted for the Red deer steak with wild hop shoots, cauliflower puree and salsa verde, and a side of jersey royals to share.
The steak was incredible. Full of flavour and cooked to complete perfection, I could have eaten it all over again. Again, the mix of flavours were perfect and I think our completely empty plates showed just how much we both enjoyed it. Sadly we didn’t have enough room or time for desserts, but now I have the perfect excuse to go back!
Make sure you give it a go if your looking for somewhere not touristy in the heart of London, with amazing food on offer. You wont regret it, I promise!