Forbidden City Restaurant, Victoria, London
This secret bar located in the heart of Victoria offers up an impressive Chinese cocktail pairing menu. Originally a contemporary Chinese furniture business, Forbidden City has teamed up with distinguished chef Andrew Wong to create a hidden bar with a difference. With the space decked out in bespoke furniture, their menu boasts inventive cocktails and bites. Think chicken and fig wrapped in candy floss pillows for that sweet and savoury kick or sake and sea grape shooters with small squares of sweet-cured pork – not your average prawn crackers, pickles and seaweed. No, if you’re looking for the average Chinese amuse bouche, then look away. Each cocktail is intricately paired with a selection of light bites to compliment one another and the beautifully presented dishes are reflective of A.Wong’s contemporary style.
What we’re most excited to try, but unfortunately haven’t quite reached the menu yet, are the sea salt caramels presented in beautiful mah jong tiles. Just another excuse to make a trip down to Forbidden City the next time we’re in town.
Basement Sate, Soho, London
From one basement to the next, this swanky little bar is the perfect late-night hangout in Soho. Offering up cocktails and desserts exclusively, this isn’t London’s first dessert bar but it’s certainly one of the most stylish. Dessert bars have been the trend in London this year with places like Pudding Bar and Pollen Street Social popping up around town, and jumping on the bandwagon, Basement Sate offers expertly made cocktails and exquisite desserts paired with great music.
The decadent desserts are made by French pastry chef Dorian Picard and DJ booths are filled with cutting edge DJs to make this a late-night bar with a difference.
8 Broadwick St, London W1F, United Kingdom, +44 20 3174 1154
Tue–Sat: 5:00 pm–1:30 am
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