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Square Meal Review of Essence ?

Some might say that this split-level tapas lounge is more free-spirited with its house mixes of music & cocktails than with its assortment of shared small plates. The drinks list includes an ‘essence of flavour’ category with studies in vanilla, almond, chocolate & coffee, as well as essential shooters, Champagne cocktails & Latin American classics. There is nothing akin to a slippery nipple on the tapas menu, which is devoted to the old classics best known to UK devotees: Spanish tortilla, grilled chorizo, piquillo peppers stuffed with salt cod mousse. A few contemporary items do freshen things up, while the parties, club nights & guest DJs ensure that the whole show doesn’t become static.


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Essential Details for Essence

  • Address: 2-5 Carthusian Street, London EC1M 6EB
  • Telephone: 020 7253 6009
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-11pm (Thurs -12M Fri-Sat -2am)

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