Respond to Review of CLOSED: Aloka
Review: It's so easy to miss, I can't believe I've walked past this hidden little gem so many times without ever noticing it. From the moment I entered it just felt right. It's so much more than a restaurant, it had a profound effect on me on different levels. It has a special, calming atmosphere. I loved the design, dominated by white. It's clean, it's modern. Even before I left I was looking forward to my next visit. They have special evening meal offers: you can either have main course plus alcohol for £10 (or £8 with a soft drink) or you can have a starter and main course or main course and dessert for £10. My partner and I both had 3 courses, plus I had a yummy vegetable juice and this amounted to £30 which I'd call cheap. For the main course you can fill your plate with as much food from the self-service counter as you want (only once, though). A few days later I had some take-away from them and that was when I paid by weight. The food options on the counter change frequently. Absolutely delicious, high quality food, around 95% vegan. Their raw 'cheese'cakes were really, really nice as well. I also like their responsible food sourcing policy (local and seasonal as much as possible). They have a loyalty scheme going on: you collect 9 stamps in your little booklet in the appropriate category and you get your 10th hot drink, juice, self-serve food (or yoga class) for free. As it's a shop as well, they sell colourful little bottles used in colour therapy and this just adds to the atmosphere. If I could rate this place higher, I would. The first ever restaurant which I can describe as total perfection.