All posts tagged: cocktail

Modern Japanese at Kiru, Chelsea

What Modern Japanese at Kiru, Chelsea Where 2 Elystan St Chelsea London SW3 3NS Experience Back in 2014 when I decided to quit London and take a chance on travelling the world, Japan was at the top of my list, mostly so that I could take a wadge of money and throw it at restaurant owners who wanted to feed me all the Japanese goods. I really thought I would be able to go anywhere in the world I wanted. I didn’t really think about the limitations – would I have enough money to fly? Would I be able to afford accommodation? Looking back, definitely not for all the things I wanted to do. The reality of travelling, for me anyway was that I felt a crippling emptiness for over a year, a feeling that led to me cutting my trip short by three months. I cracked when I was in Cambodia and a few days later was on a plane to London, catapulting myself back into the fiercely fast paced London life. I never …

A Wee Brunch at Mac and Wild

What The Wild Brunch Club at Mac and Wild Where Mac & Wild 65 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PS Experience I bloody love brunch. It’s my favourite meal of the day, especially when it’s acceptable for a tipple. My dear friend Lex is totally behind me with this, so I thought it appropriate to invite her to join me on my Mac and Wild Brunch Club experience last week. Mac and Wild, known for the award winning veni-moo burger, launched the brand new Wild Brunch Club a couple of weeks ago where diners can enjoy a range of Scottish brunch dishes and foraged cocktails. It was 1pm when I arrived and having eaten breakfast earlier I really could have plumped for a veni-moo, but as the burger was nowhere in sight, I was happy to settle for a version of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a dish I gave up a while ago in favour of avocado on toast. Lex opted for the Scottish breakfast, which consisted of haggis, tattie scones and lorne sausage …

Rev JW Simpson Spirited Sermons: Best of British Gin

What A night of gin tasting and cocktail making with Tarquin’s gin of North Cornwall Where Reverend JW Simpson, 32 Goodge Street, W1T 2QJ Experience Tonight was a special night because it was the first time I had seen Sarah (Food for Think leader) since she left us for a much sunnier Australian climate, almost a year and a half ago! And what better way to celebrate her returning exactly the same shade of pale as when she left, than by drinking loads of straight Cornish gin. We got to Rev JW Simpson, a super stylish basement bar on Goodge Street (and one of my favourites), at around 7pm and were greeted by very affable staff who seated us in a cosy corner and walked us through the itinerary for the evening. Southwestern distillery, made famous by Tarquin’s gin and pastis, had pitched up to allow a group of gin enthusiasts to indulge in an array of cocktails, attempt some mixology and learn about the history of what is undoubtedly one of the more intriguing alcohol …

The Bootlegger

What The Bootlegger Basement Bar brings Moonshine Madness to Monument Where 51° 30’ 43.1” | 0° 5’ 0.8” (Basement Bar 25-26 Lime Street EC3M 7HR – but keep it hush) Experience Located behind busy Leadenhall market is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it doorway leading to London’s newest prohibition inspired drinking den. The bar is decked out with original period photography, furniture and props which transports visitors to the dark underground world of prohibition decadence. The cocktail menu is separated into different hooches. In line with America’s roaring twenties, I started the evening with rye of course. “Lucky” Luciano is made up of Bulleit Rye whiskey, subtle hints of Chambord, Kahlua and stirred over crushed berries with sweet and dry vermouth. For dessert, I opted for vodka based The Button Man and his Gat. This beautifully crafted drink contains sweet vanilla-infused Ketel One Vodka, amaretto, fresh basil, pineapple and a dash of lemon juice. Part way through my second drink the live jazz band started to play and my toes started tapping.  All that was left to do was …

MOMMI

What MOMMI Japanese-Latin Raw Bar and Grill has arrived in Clapham. Experience Mister Important designed the urban modern luxe interior, decorated with photography by Ben Watts (brother of actress Naomi Watts) and a bespoke mural by Melbourne-based street artist RONE. My eyes were drawn to the low marble-topped bar surrounding all the action of the theatre kitchen. We pulled out a stool and perked our bottoms. The kitchen is run by Paul Sowden who has designed a menu influenced by both Japanese and Latin cuisine which, when combined, emanates a Miami vibe. The menu is bursting with a mix of fresh raw seafood, vibrant salads and Robata-grilled meats. Most dishes are healthy small plates designed to order in bulk and share. I played roulette with a bowl of Padron Peppers with Sea Salt. “They aren’t spicy at all” my friend boasted, chomping down on another pepper. I smirked, perhaps a little sadistically, when he reached for the water to cool down. The dish was great, and really fun! From the Robata Grill, we sampled smoky …

5CC Exmouth Cocktail Crate

Where 5CC Club, Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market What Food and drink hotspot Exmouth Market welcomes 5CC’s latest cocktail innovation, hidden above the recently renovated Exmouth Arms. Experience Summer is here and with it brings welcome sunshine to Londoners. The Exmouth Arms is a rare gem of a central London boozer – it offers outdoor seating to soak up all that vitamin D and a bespoke cocktail crate to wind down handcrafted cocktails from the 5CC bar upstairs to sun seekers below. Bar Manager Charles Montanaro told Food for Think “The aim of our designed crate is that we bring the cocktails to you”. I stood outside gazing up at the window eagerly awaiting my Chai Whiskey Sour.  “Number 8”, the cocktail waiter hollered from the window above while winding down the crate using the set-up pulley system. I made my way to the dropping station to pick up my spicy, refreshing cocktail. This is what summer is for. Sip your way through the menu and when the sun goes down head in to 5CC’s sexy …

Merlet et Fils and Soho Grind launch Espresso Martini Month

Where Soho Grind, London What Soho Grind has teamed up with Merlet at Fils to launch Espresso Martini Month which will take place throughout June. Experience The Espresso Martini is my all time favorite cocktail. It’s perfect. It has everything. Coffee? Yes. Soho Grind’s very own Grind & Co. House Espresso blend, no less. Booze? Yes. Indulge in a twist on the classic drink by replacing vodka and coffee liqueur with Merlet Brother Blend Cognac and Merlet Café Congnac which results in spicy vanilla undertones. Martini lovers are urged to try all three flavour variations of the Espresso Martini by Merlet, which is easy as they are a mere £5 each all month across all four sites. Cost Espresso Martini £5 throughout June Address Soho Grind 19 Beak Street London W1F 9RP Also at Shoreditch Grind, Hoxton Grind and London Grind.