BY PALOMA LACY
It’s time to say “aloha” to the latest dining concept from Under One Kitchen (UOK).
Launched in June 2020 to give restaurants a platform to operate and survive the pandemic, by working alongside others to cut costs, it now boasts fusion restaurants, including Sugoi JPN, Japanified and Arepita Sliders.
Welcome new Japanese-Hawaii concept, Kawaii Bowl. This is healthy takeaway food with no guilt attached.
Combining Hawaiian traditions of poke bowls, and Japanese Chirashi bowls, it’s a visual feast for the eyes, transporting the diner to far flung tropical islands.
Wonderfully fresh ingredients sit at the centre of a menu, including the Chirashi Style Bowl (tuna and salmon sashimi grade with avocado dressing, pico de gallo and kimchee sauce on a sushi rice base), Cuban Ropa Vieja or Venezuelan Pabellón (black beans, pulled beef and pico de gallo).
Chicken Katsu Bowl was my hands-down favourite. Quite how the breadcrumb coating managed to stay crisp in transit is a mystery but it was delivered as freshly to my door as it would have in a dine-in setting.
Alongside set dishes, there’s a build your own bowl option for the more inventive diner looking to create their own flavour palate.
Bowl prices range from £9-£12.
With three branches – two in Central London and a third in Wimbledon, South London dwellers can avail themselves of the menu with takeaway collection, and delivery service from the latter within a 2.5 mile radius.
It’s a five-day-a-week operation, open Wed-Thurs (17:00-22:00), Fri-Sun (12:00-22:00).
Owners, Felipe and Veronica know their Asian-fusion food, having spent 15 years skipping across the globe managing and planning restaurant strategy across the US, South America and Europe.
In 2012, they returned to the UK, working with big-name brands, including Aqua and Hakkassan.
And now selected restaurants can benefit from UOK’s awarded food delivery licence.
It says it’s helping improve restaurants’ online food offering with lower labour costs, easy to operate affordable multi-concept business, as well as access to a management model maximises structure and cuts down on peripheral costs.
Wholesome and sparkling
Bringing lots of sparkling goodness to summertime, Whole Earth’s delicious fiery Ginger and fruity Elderflower canned drinks, are now available in a convenient multi-pack.
Made with only natural, organic ingredients, the canned drinks are flavoured with real fruit juice, and contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
Available in Sainsbury’s stores (4x 330ml cans – RRP £4), Whole Earth Organic Sparkling Elderflower blends subtle floral flavours, while Organic Sparkling Ginger features extract of ginger and capsicum for a fiery kick.
With a commitment to sustainable packaging, each can and the cardboard box it comes in, is fully recyclable at home.
Refreshing, light and naturally delicious, each pack contains four on-the-go canned drinks that are perfect for picnics, al fresco lunches or taken to work.
The wider range of drinks, including Organic Sparkling Cola, Organic Sparkling Lemonade, Organic Sparkling Orange & Lemon, Organic Sparkling Apple and Organic Sparkling Cranberry are also available in single cans through selected health food shops.
The whole range is ideal for those following a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diet and contains absolutely no hidden nasties.