Before going to newly opened Pond I never had Hawaiian food before, I think. It speaks of London’s amazing food culture that instead of trying this somewhere in the Pacific I ended up having one of the best meals in years in a sort of converted warehouse space in a back alley near Dalston Kingsland station.
After a welcome cocktail we were led to our table and ordered what felt like way too much food but in reality was exactly the right amount. Starters (top to bottom) were Poke Bulgogie, a marinated, tender steak dish with caramelized onions and green pear, Poke`Ahi, Yellowfin Tuna with black Tobiko, which is fish roe that pops in your mouth, and lastly Pacific Gravalax which was a platter of fine Sashimi with a sort of Hollondaise sauce based on a Japanese Capsicum (Togarashi).
The presentation and flavours were divine. Clean, unpretentious and with the freshest most delicious ingredients. It felt healthy too, probably was! The best way I can describe it is a mix of Japanese with Peruvian, just with some added tropical notes. Freaking delicious!
For mains we had the grilled Maui Charcoal Avocado with Hokkigai Scallops (!) and the Sambal Black Cod on Shitake Rice and Miso Poached Egg. Oh my god.
All of this was stunning. The fish was delicious, I don’t think I ever had any better. Every component was perfect, I could simply not fault any of it.
Service was very friendly but felt a bit disorganized, although we went to Pond just a few days after its opening so I bet this will improve over time! Prices are actually quite reasonable – including a £40 bottle of Riesling (plus desert, which I forgot to take a photo off, and needless to mention was amazing) all of this came to about £150. No regrets!
Pond is amazing. Go there now.