Spring and its coveted sunshine might be late to the party, but Daisy Green Collection’s new dishes bring the Australian heat straight to plates of hungry Londoners.
Newly launched at all ten of its capital sites, Sophie Ritchie heads to Timmy Green in Victoria to sample some of the Down Under inspired dining for herself.
Timmy Green is a venue that almost drips with cool. I often wander past it on my way to meetings, dodging tourists on the street as they meander slowly from nearby Buckingham Palace.
The restaurant’s glass windows always seem to showcase crowds of suave diners, swilling glasses and sipping coffee at all hours of the day.
When I visit to dine for myself, it’s unusually quiet at 6.30pm on a Friday night – although this changes pretty rapidly, with hoards of guests soon filing in and filling seats.
The interiors at Timmy Green are laid-back but vibrant in essence: reclaimed oak chairs with colourful cushions, tables topped with fresh flowers and an impressive lacquered brass counter.
Teardrop lights dangle from the ceiling and flamboyant artwork leads guests up the stairs towards the upper level (and the bathrooms).
Just in time for the shift in season, Daisy Green Collection have launched a range of new menu items, available across all of its London locations.
The group are best known for their Aussie-inspired bottomless brunches – so of course, there’s plenty of fresh fare to try. New for 2020, vegan foodies can try a ‘Green Shakshuka’ for a mix of spicy tofu, garden peas, courgettes and other fresh veggies, along with other plant-based creations and more indulgent dishes in the form of Sourdough French Toast,
The Food & Drink
At Timmy Green, I waste no time in ordering up a storm – agreeing to split dishes with my friend to get as much a taste as possible, with a refreshing Raspberry Sour (£9.50) to help wash it down.
We start with Sticky Korean cauliflower ‘wings’ (£7.80), which arrive glazed with a sweet & sticky sauce and a deliciously crisp exterior.
Next, we try a trio of Smoked aubergine tacos (£8.50), which are soft flour tortillas filled with pickled cucumber, house kimchi and baked carrot. Delicately arranged, they’re topped with avocado cream and red chilli, creating a juxtaposition of fiery chilli and supple creaminess.
Another highlight and a new menu item is ‘Nduja prawns, complete with oven roasted tomatoes and mascarpone grilled sourdough – think fat prawns paired with lashings of buttery mascarpone sauce.
We also sample a hefty plate of Fire-roasted aubergine (£12.40) served with a pile of crispy rice, miso, tahini and cavolo nero. It’s gorgeously smoky, although my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach – it’s easily large enough for a main, especially with the serving of fluffy rice.
Somehow, there’s still room for entrées. We split a Bondi vegan board (£18.40 per person) – the perfect choice if you love trying a mix of different things and don’t mind sharing your food.
The piled-high board consists of smoky BBQ tofu steak, crispy wild rice, salad, (more) fire roasted aubergine, crispy coconut rice and vegan curry.
Now, in hindsight, perhaps we over-ordered to start. But I do enjoy a challenge – especially a tasty one. The vegan curry comes served in a whole red pepper, with two slabs of tofu steak surrounded by colourful rice.
At the other side, more smoky aubergine and salad. We grab forks and sample it all, with the vegan curry’s chunks of butternut squash and roasted carrot proving a shared favourite.
Unsurprisingly, both me and my dining companion are too full for dessert, but Timmy Green’s offering of vegan chocolate cake, decadent Melbourne Mars Bar cheesecake ball and a brand new rhubarb-topped Pavlova all sound incredible.
The Wordrobe Verdict
If you’re looking to catch up with your friends, do so in style at Timmy Green. Service is friendly, interiors are slick and you’ll feel right at home here.
Whether you’re all-day brunching or feasting the night away, the new menu items offer a mix of creative flavours and fresh ingredients – whilst the classics are just as worthy of an order.
Make it happen
Where: 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, Westminster, London SW1E 5DJ.
How: Visit daisygreenfood.com to find out more and make a booking.