You’ve probably had one of these nights that you haven’t really planned out in a lot of detail, and yet they turn out to be tons of fun. My Saturday night definitely fit the bill.
I met my friend Irene for lunch and we headed to our usual place on Wardour St, Princi. It’s perfect if you’re after a quick bite, but you’re still craving some fine Mediterranean cuisine. This time I had a hearty salad mix – baked pumpkin, beetroot with mozzarella di buffala, lentils and chicken strips with caramelised onions.
We really wanted to see The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley so we swung by Cineworld Haymarket and caught the afternoon showing. The storyline was good but what really left an impression was Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance – I’m willing to bet there’s an Oscar (or at least BAFTA) nomination lurking around the corner!
We had a table booked in Piccolino where we met Vera and continued with the Italian food theme.
We had the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and mozzarella di bufala to start with. I ordered the Chicken with gnocchi, mushrooms and cream sauce which I’d highly recommend trying!
Irene bet on the roast cod with mussels and white wine, and Vera had a classic pizza with prosciutto and mushrooms.
After dinner we went to the ECC in Chinatown – the Experimental Cocktail Club has the same owners as three of the best bars in Paris. The ECC in London usually makes the Top 5 Soho cocktail bars according to various sources (the Guardian, for one!), so it’s definitely one to check out if you feel like treating yourself to an extravagant beverage.
I had the Stockholm Syndrome (flavour ranging from cumin to citrus to dill) which was very refreshing but with a nice vodka twist to it. A word of advice – do try and get in early and in small groups, as it’s a really small place (in the French fashion) and gets filled up quite quickly.
After a while a few more friends showed up and we decided to switch it up a bit and move to another bar. We found ourselves in Graphic, another nice cocktail bar in Soho which offers one of the biggest selections of gin in the capital.
I had a Red Tin Punch made with gin and wild berry flavours on crushed ice and topped off with some fresh berries – yum!