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What was Bacchus Kitchen has been given a 60s art-student makeover by the owner of Après London in Mayfair,
with a Woodstock/ Memphis sound-mash to match. This new-look space sets the scene for some confident cocktail-making involving attractive garnishes, fragrant herbs and zingy, hand-squeezed seasonal
juices – evident in summer sips such as shady lady lemonade (cucumber and gin). Elsewhere, young lady (a sexy sour) is a 21st-century cousin of the toreador (a 1930s Tequila fix), while Bond-themed
Tiffany (Case) is essentially a ‘dirty’ Vesper martini that scores higher than 007 out of 10. You can also quaff craft brews, play ping-pong and enjoy a dozen global wines from £19.50 with small
plates including ceviche, chicken liver parfait, caramelised onion and goats’ cheese tart, and mains with a strong soul-food accent – think curried mutton with rice and peas.
The East End of London has always been a colourful and quirky part of the city, steeped in history and forming an integral part of London culture. Being a melting pot of cultures and religions, the diversity of the East End has led to the rise of many micro-cuisines which have since gone on to spread their influence across the London restaurant scene. A quick look at the trends which have sprung up in this bohemian part of London and you’ll soon spot a familiar list of some of the food movements of the last 20 years – from the popularity of age-old Jewish delis, the authentic curry houses of Brick Lane to the more recent influx of Vietnamese restaurants along the ‘Pho Mile’ and independent coffee shops of Shoreditch, there is an exciting buzz in East London that the rest of London keeps a close eye on...
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