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Avoid Basement Sate unless you’re prepared to put in some extra time in the gym, because it’s all too tempting to succumb to this sweet cellar’s promise of ‘well-made drinks and decadent desserts’. Cathleen McGarry’s naughty but nice, peanut brittle-toned dive comes on like a cool DJ lounge that could be a Paris Saint-Germain hotspot but for its lack of pretension. To drink, sate your senses with advanced Martinis and rebooted Old Fashioneds, or dip into so-now mixes such as Little Japan (Japanese whisky, sweet vermouth and Cynar artichoke liqueur) or The Best (vodka, wasabi syrup, apple and celery juice). For a double sugar rush, order edible confections ranging from yoghurt and lemongrass mousse with coconut granola and basil to a Rocher sphere of rich chocolate and hazelnut praline. A few savouries such as baked Camembert or mini beef Wellington also feature these days.
When someone said dessert and cocktail bar my first though was girls' night! Some people would have plucked straight for a romantic night but cocktails and chocolate screams date night with Kirsty for me!On the hottest day of the year we headed down to Basement Sate, a cool safe haven in Soho, to escape from the blistering heat and treat ourselves.On Tuesdays they serve a cocktail and dessert pairing, with the idea that the drinks are meant to complement your food, an idea which I absolutely love. The three desserts were all very different which was fantastic, as I love being able to...
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I would class myself as a bit of a slap-dash, taste and tweak as you go kind of cook. My parents are exceptionally good cooks so I guess I picked up basic skills by diffusion as I never made a meal until I moved out of home at the start of university. Our family home has shelves of cookbooks but I doubt my parents meticulously follow the recipes, only really using them to get ideas for dishes and flavour combinations. In most cases when I ask my mother how much of this or that she puts into a certain dish of hers I’m trying to recreate, she unhelpfully tells me it’s ‘angga-angga’, which is her Malay version of saying...
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