After the annoying news that they have closed the Shoreditch restaurant for SAF, we decided to visit SAF Kensington which in the past has been hit and miss for me. To be honest we had a mixed experience. The food was mostly OK, but I was not impressed with the standards of the staff.
Firstly the Menus were really dirty, they just needed a wipe down. The waiters aprons were again dirty. My knife had not been cleaned properly. On its own you can let little things slip, but this is the second time I have had issues with the cleanliness.
It is a real shame because the restaurant is modern and has clean lines, and the food is presented in a modern clean way. It is clear that the waiting staff are lazy when it comes to presentation. We ordered extra drinks midway through our meal that never came, but they tried to charge us for them.
For starters I had a simple green salad with a flax crumble on top with some flax seed crackers. This was fine but I would say that the leaves were not really fresh. Paul had the Macadamia cheese with flax crackers and a fig jam, this tasted very good.
For main course I had the pasta of the day which was courgette with cashew cream and pine nuts. This was fine, however it did get boring very quickly. Paul had the veggie burger. This tasted fine and was enjoyable.
For dessert I tried the carrot cake, when it came I was really shocked at how bad it was. It was rock hard, they gave me a spoon to eat it with, I needed a chain saw. It was just awful and I could not eat it. Paul had a vegan cheese cake, this was ok but not great.
I wish they would sort out their cleanliness issues and be proud of what they are doing, mostly the food is good, but they keep letting themselves down in my opinion.