What: Two funky coloured, barges housing Darcie & May Green, designed by legendary British pop artist, Peter Blake.
New? Darcie & May Green is the latest restaurant from the Daisy Green group after opening in November 2017.
Where? Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6DS www.daisygreenfood.com
On the menu: The menu is Antipodean-inspired with a fabulous brunch menu making us envious of visiting for dinner with options like coconut French toast with thick Greek yogurt, raspberries, mango, shaved coconut, bee pollen and pure maple syrup, and broccoli and corn fritters with avocado, poached eggs, spinach and house chilli pesto. The all-day menu has options like crispy calamari, tempura soft shell crab, and Aussie barbeque lamb cutlets.
The Look: The bright, multi-coloured canal boat that houses Darcie and May Green is a welcome burst of colour in dreary grey of Paddington station. The restaurant is located opposite an entrance to the station so sees a steady stream of people (ideal for people watching). Inside the restaurant has a relaxed but pretty café feel to it, they do well with the limited space they have; the restaurant is divided in to two adjacent boats, one housing the restaurant and kitchen, the other the bar and toilets.
What We Ate: Halloumi fries is always a must especially with a tangy pomegranate yogurt at Darcie & May Green, ideally have them as a side rather than a starter. Daikon fries was a first for me and potentially not the last, they came in a nice batter but weren’t particularly flavourful, get them for the moreish miso mayo they come with. The ever more popular ingredient, jackfruit, has been turned into a vegan curry with turmeric rice, coconut sambal, house pickles and flatbread which turned out to be focaccia. It somehow kept its scolding temperature right up until the last mouthful which won’t be a problem for metal mouths but I struggled, on top of that it has a slight spice warmth to it too.
For dessert the Melbourne Mars Bar cheesecake ball with double cream is one of the best desserts I’ve had for a while. An inconspicuous chocolate ball arrives dotted with strawberries, inside is a devilish mix of cheesecake (just the creamy part, no base), caramel and chocolate. I saw 2 people sharing and realised halfway through this may have been a better idea but I still soldiered on because it was so amazing. The vegan chocolate cake, again much like this evening’s main, is a casual, no-frills dessert. It’s said that the proof is in the pudding, and the proof evidenced here is exemplary of D&Ms approach to a balanced, healthy as well as casual comfort food.
What We Drank: They have a nice selection of beverages that include juices, beer and wine plus cocktails that range from classics like Old Fashioned to the more exciting and delicious pineapple cooler with Koko Kanu rum, fresh pineapple, lemon verbena, lemon zest syrup, fresh lemon and Fevertree soda.
Go With: Anyone in the area should definitely check out Darcie & May Green, it would be great for workers nearby for a nice lunch/post-work spot.
Final Word: Darcy and May Green, offers a cosily casual, and brightly lit dining experience amongst the burgeoning development of Paddington’s canals. With a menu that’s refined, simple and equally quaint, Darcy and May Green is perfect for a casual and unplanned evening meal.
Darcie & May Green: Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6DS www.daisygreenfood.com