London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This airy Italian bar, Crown Plaza venue near Blackfriars, is sleek and contemporary in that way that so many hotel bars across Europe often are. The space is bright and white, with the occasional bold splash of colour, the atmosphere stylish if generic. The cocktails kick things up a gear, especially the sweet, warming Bitter Chocolate Orange, a mix of Campari, vodka, chocolate liqueur and orange juice. The drinks list also features a range of spritzes and pre-dinner tipples including a tart rhubarb Negroni and a Ginger and Orange version of the same – they even do a Campari Mojito, putting an Italian twist on a favourite drink. The bar also stocks a range of Italian liqueurs Amaretto and Limoncello and the like – plus a decent, mainly Italian wine list. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even give your Peroni an extra kick with a splash of Aperol or Frangelico. The food menu offers up an abundance of tasty cichetti, bite-size nibbles to par with a drink and get you in the mood for dinner, including zuchinni fritti, calamri, creamy burrata and Tuscan ham. The slightly steep wine prices reflect proximity to the City and the place won’t win awards for originality but it’s a pleasant place to spend an evening or to just pop by for an after-work Negroni.
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