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Manuka Kitchen | Fulham Road

Fulham, 510 Fulham Road, , London, United Kingdom, SW6 5JN
Critics Review 4/5
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Tue - Thur 11am - 11pm
Fri - Sat 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Monday Closed

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About Manuka Kitchen | Fulham Road

Brunch: Pop in for a spot of brunch from 10AM Friday to Sunday and choose from Eggs Benedict, French Toast or Blueberry Pancakes to name a few.

Dinner: AA Gill favourite restaurant, listed in the Michelin guide for the past 5 years.

Cuisine: British, Brunch
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Table Talk: Manuka Kitchen, London SW6
4/5
William Burroughs said that the naked lunch was a frozen moment when everyone sees what’s on the end of every fork. He says it right at the beginning of his novel. I read it a long, long time ago and it’s the only thing I remember, but it was enough to take away. Opaque, profound — not quite a naked quote. I remembered it again when I read a report that a food agency has discovered that one-third of processed foods weren’t what they said they were. They were more or sometimes less than they boasted. The sausage on a pizza was chicken and mechanically recovered beef. Herbal teas were neither herbal nor tea but some banned slimming drug. This is on top of all the things that they tell you is already in your food, but you don’t have any idea of what they actually are or what they do or why; emulsifiers or colourants or flavour enhancers, stabilisers and preservatives. This won’t come as a surprise to half of you, the Notting Hill-ish half. You already think processed food is the work of immoral scientists and snake-oil salesmen. You already assume it’s all going to give you cancer or deformed babies, make your erections wither, and your skin flake. You think that the other half of the population are ignorant diabetics with arrhythmic, gullible hearts, who believe advertising and trust supermarkets, and that you, the savvy, sceptical half, only eat organic, sustainable, source-assured, farm-fresh, barely washed nonchalantly packaged, wholesome stuff with nowt taken out, as they used to say about processed, steamed, mass-produced bread. But you see, you, you smug, knowing folk, you’re utterly wrong. The truth is exactly the opposite of what you think. Organic, free-range, line-caught, sustainably sourced is all advertising schmalz, a device to merchandise fear and false promises and generally outright lies. You are more likely to be poisoned by your collective allotment veg basket delivery than you are by the weekly supermarket shop. What you can say for mass-produced food is it is amazingly, astonishingly dependable and safe but also byzantinely complex, and a lot of it isn’t really very nice to eat but it’s cheap and it’s predictable. Food doesn’t exist in a cultural vacuum. It is always prone to the fears, hopes and truisms of the society it feeds, and we are living through a moment that yearns for transparency. We want to know the truth about everything, but we want it to be a simple truth, a straightforward truth. We value binary honesty and that’s what we want from our breakfast. Most of the stuff we eat was conceived in a time when we admired things that seemed to be sophisticated, multi-faceted, complex, nuanced and complicated. If you look at 18th-century food, it’s full of stuff pretending to be other stuff. It’s packed with jokes and tricks, it’s decorated with myopic attention — most people’s lives then were quite simple; they understood the workings of everything they came across. Their jobs were repetitive, their lives short, their pleasures primary. What dinner could supply was a mystery, a sleight of hand, edible baroque. Now every restaurant menu I pick up talks about simple construction and honest ingredients and paring down and deconstructing. We are hungrily in search of the naked lunch. Manuka Kitchen is a very good example of the self-explanatory fork. A small restaurant down the un-French, un-Russian, un-bankery end of the Fulham Road. I heard of it from a visiting Australian, who complained about how dreadful London’s coffee was and I asked him if he’d found anywhere for his morning flat white and he said Manuka, down the real end of the Fulham Road, and named after the New Zealand honey. So I went and have been back half a dozen times. It does do a very good flat white but also has a disarmingly simple menu that seems to be constructed around things that people want to eat. The room can only accommodate about 20 souls. It’s not in an area that can charge high prices for high-value ingredients, so they do a prosaic brunch that has the best eggs Benedict I’ve found in a while, a light and generous stack of pancakes that my kids inhale, corn fritters with bacon chutney and sour cream, poached plums with yoghurt and roast cashews, avocado sat on mint bruschetta. There’s also a simultaneous lunch menu with bone marrow and saffron arancini, crispy squid with black lime sauce, carrots and red quinoa lentils with ash-rolled goat cheese and pine nuts, slow-cooked duck leg with spätzle, roasted cauliflower and pine nuts, potato gnocchi, confit of tomatoes, basil and endive, and for pudding there’s a very good chocolate pretzel-and-peanut-butter tart. All the dishes are named by their ingredients alone. You’re probably so used to this by now you don’t notice it, but they used to be called things like veronique, or melba, caprice or chasseur. Plates had titles and aspirations; now they have simplicity and transparency. It’s what we want because we’re frightened and mistrustful. And that’s fine. Food fashions wax and wane, and I’m happy to sit through this period of Quaker austerity and plain-mouthed cataloguing of ingredients, but I can’t say I don’t miss a little mystery. A bit of élan and sleight of hand and perhaps just a twist of snobbery and insincere flattery wouldn’t go amiss. I like Manuka Kitchen for its food, but more I have a great affection for the feeling in this room. There were lots of women eating with each other, a few on their own, and a smattering of babies. I like children in a restaurant, they’re like the canaries down mines, an indication it’s safe. Mothers are careful about what they poke into their kids, and women, together or singularly, make public spaces comfortable, safe and friendly. I had brunch there with my kids and the Blonde. Outside, the football fans marching to Chelsea were cranking up their testosterone, bellowing, swaggering and chewing on nameless burgers. Inside it was calm, warm, well fed and girlie, and so me. I’ve got a couple of lines left, so let me commend an even smaller coffee bar just round the corner called Shot on Jerdan Place, a street off Fulham Road. It’s really just a counter, a bench and a couple of obsessive baristas and really, really good coffee.
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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

We hosted a lunch for 20 to celebrate my son's engagement. We so wanted to have great food in an environment where we could all feel relaxed, both sides of a new family who had for the most part not met each other. Josef took the time to plan the event with us, and allowed us to have a cut down menu rather than having to order in advance. Everything was perfect on the day. The service was attentive yet not at all intrusive. The food was marvelous, and all came out at the same time, hot. They kept the drinks flowing, but didn't overfill peoples' glasses to sell more wine as so many restaurants do. Everyone commented on how good it was. First class! Thank you so much Manuka Kitchen!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Never had such a great latte in all my 5 years in London. Beetroot, Spirulina and Wheatgrass...the list goes on. And the food is just delicious. Definitely try the Purple Kale salad with avocado and poached, you will not regret it! Atmosphere is just great, and for Sunday's it's extremely cosy. Definitely will be returning!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Delicious food, the full Fulham was lovely. Turmeric latte was really tasty too!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Great service on Saturday 6th April! Both the waitress and waiter were very attentive and friendly. I had the blueberry pancakes and the golden hot chocolate and both were AMAZING! Will definitely be back again and recommending to friends!

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

A lovely brunch on Mother’s Day. An intimate atmosphere with a tasty and well presented menu. Will make it one of the top choices on my list in Fulham for brunch.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

we had a great lunch on Sunday

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Very attentive staff, been here many times and it’s a gem

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Please consider providing a gluten free toast option for Sunday brunch.Otherwise the brunch is delicious.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Lovely staff, amazing food (pancakes in particular) and cosy place. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Manuka Kitchen is a hidden gem in the heart of Fulham. The food is exquisite. Delicious tastes and flavours. The service is excellent and I felt all our needs were intuitively attended to. I loved it!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

Very enjoyable early dinner with my daughter before the game.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

A great brunch/lunch spot, never rushed. Excellent quality.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

We really enjoyed our evening at Manuka's on Saturday evening. Food all freshly-cooked and delicious. Although it was busy, Roberto and the waiter who looked after us could not have been more helpful and made us feel very welcome.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Manuka kitchen is a great restaurant to have in our local area. It is friendly, relaxed and tasty food.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Excellent ..

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

Service was really good, but the food was a bit on the bland side and slightly overpriced.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Excellent all round. A small gripe is being charged £4.50 for a bottle of still water - which seemed steep.

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Visited On Friday, 22 February 2019

First time here and it didn’t disappoint! We had the waygu pasta dish and the chocolate truffles, delicious. Great value at lunch time - we will return

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Visited On Thursday, 21 February 2019

I love manuka kitchen

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Loved it. The vegan main was delicious, service was fantastic and the bill surprisingly small. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Lovely cosy place and great food

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Wonderful food in a lovely setting. Great pumpkin starter, hake and steak main. Great service. Roberto and Dinate (spelling??) were attentive without being overbearing. They made some great suggestions. Lovely neighbourhood restaurant with few choices which was great for me! Few dishes done really well. Definitely recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

All was perfect!

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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

Great menu and the food is excellent. Very good value and very friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

I came here for a brunch with two friends, we had the Full Fulham, the Pancakes and the Eggs Benedict. They were all amazing and portions were generous. The place is very warm and cosy and the people serving us were kind and efficient.

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