If you’re a fan of the Daisy Green Collection, then you’ll love their latest addition, Scarlett Green. Located on Noel Street in Soho, at the former site of Timberyard, their new venue is inspired by the Melbourne and Sydney café culture. Set over two floors, it oozes a sophisticated yet welcoming, laid-back vibe, running under the guidance of ex Coya General Manager, Francesco Sica, with the kitchen led by Dominik Moldenhauer (Dinner by Heston, Perth’s Greenhouse and The Shed). Huge bespoke artworks grace the walls, aimed at bringing back some of the glamour of the Soho, courtesy of a 20 ft mural by Paul Robinson and original pieces by Oli Epp, Louise Dear and Shuby.
The ground floor features an enticing bar which boasts the capital’s largest Australian wine list, serving over 24 Aussie wines by the glass that are perfect for pairing with the menu. Skilled bartenders are also at hand to knock out a host of superb innovative cocktails, whilst for the beer-lovers, a tap list that features top craft beers from London including their bespoke Aussie-style Freeman Frothie brewed in partnership with Fourpure, Bermondsey.
I’ve previously tried their brunch menu at Darcie & May Green which is always a winning weekend treat so I was excited to finally test out their all-day menu (and those halloumi fries that Katy has been raving about!).
We started with an assortment of small plates: crispy, golden halloumi fries (of course), dipped in pomegranate yogurt and mint, and a popular Australian snack – a delicious vegemite, cheese, truffle doughnut, that I’m patiently anticipating J to replicate back home in the kitchen soon …
The beef shin cigarillos were crunchy rolls of filo pastry shaped like cigars, containing tender and well-marinated meat, accompanied by a tangy tamarind sauce on the side. For those of you who love seafood, there are moreish spicy tuna tostadas that were swiftly devoured in one mouthful, and a sea bream ceviche, vibrant and delicately marinated in tigers milk, with crunchy corn pieces, sweet potato, and coriander.
There’s a good selection of healthy salads that are ideal for those hot summer days – I was naturally drawn to the salad with green mango, tossed together with watermelon cubes, samphire, carrot, cashews, and mixed with a nuoc cham dressing, which is like a Vietnamese sauce (it kind of reminded me of my favourite som tam salads, although I would have preferred it to have a bit more acidity and sharpness to it). You also have the option of adding some protein/avocado to your salad – I opted for the seared tuna. J went for the manlier, more substantial option: Timmy’s beef burger with melted mature cheddar, sandwiched between a charcoal brioche bun and served with a side of duck fat fries and truffle mayonnaise. Steak lovers can also enjoy the Collection’s famous grass-fed rare-breed dry-aged steaks from Nathan Mills of The Butchery Ltd, all cut to order and chargrilled at over 500 degrees on their custom-made Josper Grill.
We finished with a light and summer-y yogurt pavlova and a much richer and indulgent Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake ball – a must-order for dessert lovers out there.
We also popped downstairs for peek of the kitchen and lower dining space which is usually open for dinner in the evenings. There is also a cosy private booth in the corner which would be ideal for larger groups.
Throughout the day, Scarlett Green also serves the Daisy Green collection’s renowned bottomless brunch, with exclusive new additions offered alongside signatures such as their Fancy Bacon Roll and Smashed Avo on Charcoal Sourdough, perfectly accompanied by their ever-popular artisan coffee made with their house Beany blend. And let’s not forget their irresistable award-winning banana bread, topped with mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds, and honey …
Scarlett Green is open seven days a week from early breakfast at 7am until late, with a live DJ in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday. Reservations are available via the Daisy Green collection’s website (www.daisygreenfood.com ) and Opentable.
- The meal was complimentary, a word of thanks to the lovely people at Scarlett Green, and J. Hillson for being my partner in crime.