Christopher's Martini Bar
May 11, 2018
Occupying a handsome building in Covent Garden just opposite the Lyceum Theatre, Christopher’s Grill is something of a London institution, serving classic American dishes for somewhere in the region of two decades. Now their Martini Bar has been given a makeover; it’s a darker, more romantic space than it was, polished and gleaming, the narrow room decked out with moss green banquettes and Art Deco mirrors and light fittings. The cocktail list is a delight to explore, with the classic martini, in all its various forms, given pride of place. Pick you gin or vodka, if you’re that way inclined and let them do the rest. A Martinez, the begetter of the Martini, was impeccably prepared and served with a sculptural spiral of lemon peel, while a tequila-based Japanese Slipper mixed melon liqueur with lime juice and a splash of Grand Marnier. We particularly liked the Saylor Jerry’s Martini, a rum-bottomed concoction topped with fig syrup, Chambord and Grenadine. Those with ridiculously sweet teeth might want to try their Nutella Martini, one of several decadent drinks on the list, which mixes a spoonful of the chocolate hazelnut spread with a dash of cream and a splash of vanilla vodka. The bar food menu includes small sharing plates, salads and burgers. A generous portion of popcorn shrimp comes with a smooth yet piquant guacamole, while grilled squid comes with a dramatic, midnight black dipping sauce made from squid ink. Service is attentive and the whole place exudes a glamorous vibe; if only they’d turn the (tedious, generic) music down a notch it would be nigh on perfect.