It has been four months since we first visited Native, where we drooled over their southern fried rabbit and marvelled at their ‘hayonnaise’ dip. I decided it was time to pop down to Covent Garden and see how they’re doing.

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It’s just how I remember it – cosy, inviting and packed full of energy. The interior is simple, with white brick walls, homemade furniture and thrifty decorations which reflects the restaurants natural ethos.

The menu selection is quite small, built around seasonality and what wild food is available. We start by sharing their signature dish, the pigeon kebab with comes served with beetroot hummus, pickled cabbage and harissa. It’s everything I imagined it would be. It’s earthy and bright with clever texture contrasts.

For mains we ordered the fallow deer steak with cauliflower puree, carrot and crispy onions and the hake with split pea dahl and cauliflower leaf pakora. The fallow deer was perfectly cooked, and the silky cauliflower was the perfect accompaniment. I really enjoyed the crispy onions, which offered a great crunchy texture.

The hake came fluffy and succulent with a nicely crisped skin. We thought the accompanying split pea dhal was a quirky nod to mushy peas and the fried cauliflower pakora added an unexpected edge.

We greedily ordered dessert, opting for the London cheese board with prune loaf and olde apple chutney. The prune loaf is like malt loaf for grown-ups; packed full of flavour and working beautifully with the Stilton and strong Comté. We enjoyed it so much, we had to resist the urge to order it twice. As if we hadn’t eaten enough already, we ordered some coffees and a truffle each which came with caramelised honey and bay leaf. They were delicious and certainly a perfect way to finish our meal.

We had a fantastic time at Native and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try something a bit different. Thank you to the team for making our visit such a memorable one.

Food: 5/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Service: 5/5

Ruth | Marketing
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