There’s a big trend in London towards healthy eating inspired by California in particular. I’m yet to visit the golden state but it’s high on my wish list so I was excited to check out Hally’s London. It brings a decidedly West Coast beach vibe to Fulham and is located a few minutes from Parsons Green.
The owners of Hally”s, Anna Halliday and husband Philip Beatty, were so inspired by the fresh ingredients and flavours of California that Anna left her job in advertising and they set up this eatery. They also have a sister café opposite, Little H.
They’re more of a café than a restaurant, so usually open during the day but every Friday they hold a supper club. It’s somewhat different from other supper clubs that we’ve been to, in that you don’t share a communal table and you get to choose from the menu rather than all eating the same thing. Oh, and you can arrive at any time you like so full points for flexibility.
As we arrived, they were lighting the candles, giving an intimate ambiance. I love the clean cut decor with the white wood panelled walls, comfy cushions and pastel chairs.
Now, although Hally’s is a proponent of clean living, they’re not pedantic about it and they actually serve cocktails containing…whisper it… alcohol. Obviously I had to have one of those, a delicious blend of lavender and prosecco, decorated with an edible pansy.
Whilst Paul was more restrained with a carrot and ginger smoothie. Our friend Sylvia who lives locally often pops in for one. They also serve craft beer, and Monmouth organic coffee.
We ordered some tasty peppadews stuffed with feta to share. These were very moreish, with the sweetness of the peppers offsetting the feta cheese nicely…
…and a real revelation, crispy avocado fries with wasabi & lime mayonnaise. Whilst i have my doubts that this is the epitome of healthy cuisine, avocado is definitely a good fat, and boy were these good! Crispy on the outside yet soft and unctuous on the inside, I urge you to visit and try them.
For my main course I enjoyed pan fried chicken breast with morels, asparagus and wild garlic velouté. It was a tasty dish but could have done with a little more seasoning. You can tell that the ingredients are of the highest quality, with many being organic.
Paul tucked into oven roasted pork belly with braised pork fillet, charred broccoli, pak choi and apple cider purée. Again, it was missing a little seasoning, and we’re not ones to normally add salt to our food. I should add that the price of the starters, mains and desserts is very reasonable.
The side of kale with smoked almonds worked really well with both dishes.
For dessert, I tried Hally’s homemade sorbets: a delicious combination of green apple, raspberry and lemon.
We both loved Paul’s orange and almond cake with vanilla whipped cream. I’d happily return for one of these, or for their weekend brunch which sounds like fun.
If you like relaxed, healthy eateries then this place will be right up your street. It’s a great place to meet friends, and very dog friendly. Arthur the Irish Terrier, Anna and Philip’s dog, is a regular!
We were invited to review Hally’s by citizenMag, the urban magazine of citizenM hotels, uncovering the best bits of London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, New York, Paris and Rotterdam.
Hally’s London, 60 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LS