Monday, 23 May 2011

Taking the Bait

Chelsea offers a wealth of deli-come-restaurants with Walton Street in particular housing the crème de la crème of posh cafes. The old favourite is Jaks, an Italian owned and run chaotic deli and restaurant that has people queuing outside the door at 1pm on a week day. However, a sexier neighbour popped up last December that caused intrigue amongst the yummy mummies and glamour pusses of SW3.

Baity Kitchen was set up by two charming best friends; Christina Mouratoglou from Greece and Palestinian born Joudie Kalla-Anagnou. Christina is the general manager and Joudie is the head chef, together they blend a perfect combination of business savvy and exceptional food. Having walked past Baity Kithchen many a lunch break drooling over the brownies in the window display I decided to try it with my colleague for lunch.

The decor is effortlessly chic, minimalist and contemporary- steel tables are counterbalanced with funky turquoise chairs and sky lights allow sunshine to flood into the restaurant area creating that feeling of outside yet being inside. It is a much less stressful experience than Jacks, firstly due to the implementation of table service for everything (you have to que for up to 10 minutes to pay the bill at Jaks and it can become a bit of a bun fight). As well as the great service the waiters are all embarrassingly good looking, I don’t know if this is coincidence or part of the hiring process but we were certainly not complaining.

I ordered a greek style stuffed pepper with greek salad on the side (might as well stick with the theme!) and Izzy, my colleague, ordered a selection of three salads and said the aubergine in particular was excellent. We were then very kindly treated to a giant choc chip cookie and some tiramisu which I find difficult to put in words how much we enjoyed; we had died and gone to Chelsea deli heaven. All in all a wonderful addition to SW3 and to my lunchbreaks!

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