Paleo restaurant Pure Taste: How to fine dine in London on the ‘Caveman diet’

Paleo restaurant Pure Taste: How to fine dine in London on the ‘Caveman diet’


The Paleo diet has taken the world by
storm as proponents of the so-called caveman diet hail eating just like our
ancestors did between 2.5 million and 10,000 years ago. Those who believe in
following the nutritional plan eat meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies
and seeds and cut out all processed foods – so with the growing number of
people following the diet including celebrities Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and
Gwyneth Paltrow and the gap in the London market, we caught up with
Pure Taste head chef Holly Redman after initially holding a paleo pop-up
restaurant in Sussex following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign Redman
then launched London’s first dedicated restaurant of this kind. My background is
nutrition and I was working with quite a lot of clients mainly with celiac
disease and digestive problems and I was finding that for them taking out the
kind of modern processed foods, the gluten, the grains, the dairy, was making
huge improvements in their digestion and their general health and their energy
levels and I was starting to do this with quite a lot of my clients, they were
already benefiting from it, started to read around the subject and discovered
some of the works of the early pioneers of the Paleo diet, Loren Cordain,
Robb Wolf etc and thought you know this makes a lot of sense so initially I
started doing a pop-up restaurant that catered to this sort of diet as well as
for celiacs and people that were intolerant to dairy and it was a huge
roaring success. I had waiting lists for a couple of months, people were booking ages in advance just to get a table and there was a real demand for it and I
thought you know this is something that people want it’s something that would be
a really good way to show people that eating healthfully doesn’t have to be
boring and it’s a way that people with food allergies can eat out with their
friends and their family and everyone can enjoy a meal together. Indeed far
from visions of plates of steak and steamed vegetables, Pure Taste walked us through a range of their culinary highlights that show you how you can eat
like a caveman but also experience fine dining. The
beetroot dish is a dairy free alternative to cheese, so we make a nut cheese by
soaking and fermenting nuts with friendly bacteria and sort of various
garnishes to go with it. The scallops dish is south coast scallops and
we make a parsnip and scallop coral puree that goes underneath and we make
an apple fluid gel and apple caviar that goes on as the garnish – the bisque is simply
the shellfish stock and the tomato and the wine all cooked down till it’s
really flavoursome topped with pan-fried rainbow trout fillets and prawns. And
then the short rib dish is Jacob’s Ladder beefwhich is slow braised in
the oven for 24 hours with all sorts of veggies and red wine and stock. But you
don’t have to be a follower of the Paleo diet to enjoy the fine dining experience
at Pure Taste. Speaking to one of the directors of the restaurant he revealed
that it’s not just people who follow the Paleo diet but also others with other
allergies would also be catered for. Virtually none of my friends are
restricted from their diet at all they will eat anything and it is quite a
point of pride that when they come in here they said they enjoy the food and
it just feels like having a meal in a good restaurant. However the focus
of this restaurant is to provide somewhere for an individual who is for
whatever reason controlling what they eat and has had to suffer with their
friends and family or their friends and family had to suffer with them not being
able to eat out in the restaurants that everybody enjoys going to, there’s been
really emotional moments from our customers when they’ve come in with a
daughter, a wife or husband who has been restricted on their choices when they’ve
gone to other restaurants and they’ve been able to sit down and the entire family
are enjoying a meal together. I’ve had customers come into the restaurant
who said to me they did not have dessert in five years and they have ordered from
the menu, the food has been put in front of them, they’ve got their fork in the hand
and they haven’t started eating they just sat there staring at the food and
I’ve had to come over my hand on the shoulder and go it’s okay it’s fine you
can eat it and they need reassurance just to know that this is
something they can eat so many of our customers come here
because they have no other choice they suffer from an allergy
that prohibits them from eating out in any other restaurant in the city and in
most of the country so it’s it’s a real that’s where my favorite dishes are in
the dessert so when you have one of our chocolate cakes you almost don’t
understand how this can be a healthy dish.