Pairing Pop Art On The Walls With Vibrant Vegan Dishes, Scarlett Green Meet Plates in Soho

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Published . By Georgia Evans.

Having claimed the title of queen vegan in the office, I’m willing to fight for the chance to sample a new plant-based menu whenever one lands in London. Daisy Green's colab with Plates was no exception.

Founded by Kirk Haworth, formerly of The French Laundry, Plates is a cool new concept based in Hoxton which attempts to take its diners on a 'natural food journey' through vegan small plates... which is right up my alley. Naturally, the moment I saw Kirk and co had taken over Scarlett Green for a few special dishes, I got myself to Soho faster than you can say... mini tacos. 

Scarlett Green Interiors | London Restaurant Reviews | DesignMyNightThe vibe at Scarlett Green was suitably buzzy for a Friday. 

The party was in full swing, as you would hope on a Friday night, with a DJ blending pop hits, a cool crowd of 20-somethings drinking cocktails, and bold photography plastered across the walls (we were sat opposite LAUP's image of a giant pink bear working out on Muscle Beach); an effortlessly cool vibe reminding me of quirky Aussie drinking dens that I had seen during my travels across the country as a younger lass. 

We kicked off with the mini tacos (£8.50) (yes Plates have made an already bite-size dish even more manageable). The moorish tiny tasters were topped with smokey aubergine, creamy avo, pickled cucumber and house kimchi, then rounded off with slow-baked carrot and fried potato shavings to create a crunchy finale. These were also paired with the pretty-as-a-picture tomato and strawberry tartare (£8.20). While it sounds a little out-there, the creation makes so much sense when served with chilled elderflower, cucumber, mint and basil for one fresh hit.

Scarlett Green x Plates | London Restaurant Reviews | DesignMyNight Pop arts or vegan plates? Hard to tell if you ask us...

To get the full experience? The Bondi vegan board (£16.40 per person) simply had to be paired with a bottle of Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc (£29) from the capital’s largest Australian wine list. The bright and beautiful, cross-continental explosion of colour given to us looked almost too pretty to eat as the smoked BBQ tofu steak was perfectly perched on a bed of crispy wild rice salad that gave it a lovely crunch. Meanwhile, a fire-roasted aubergine melted in the mouth, complemented by a miso and tahini medley with cavolo nero, with a bolognese stuffed pepper sat proudly in the centre. The pièce de résistance? A bright red Korean hot potato gratin with spicy pepper sauce, pickled kohlrabi and crispy onions, served on its own plate like the gorgeous muse it was.

Scarlett Green Vegan Board | London Restaurant | DesignMyNight  Bold, beautiful and bloody delicious, art and food interwoven with success.  

The DesignMyNight Digest

Daisy Green’s decision to collaborate with Plates is a vegan’s fantasy (it was certainly mine) thanks to fresh flavours, vibrant presentation and exciting flavours coming together in harmony. Considering the restaurant's pop-art interiors and buzzing vibe? It’s a bold match that just really makes sense.