Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Drift Bar

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

A stone throw away from bustling Liverpool street station, nestled on the side of the Heron Tower, is The Drift Bar the fifth restaurant offering from the renowned Drake and Morgan chain, whose bars are inspired by fairy tales. 

As you step into The Drift Bar, you instantly gravitate upwards and are greeted by incredibly high windows and ceiling, dotted with floating Chinese style lanterns, glass bottle lamps and an array of oversized shelves home to an electric assortment of quirky collectables. From the striking bar to the dining room upstairs, with cosy hideaways in between, The Drift is an airy space that exudes simplicity and sophistication. 

Upon arrival, we were greeted and shown to our table. Our waitress Maria was really informative with the menu, sharing her recommendations on dishes/drinks, which left us inspired. 

For drinks. I chose the La Maija - Which first appeared blue but with the addition of a syrup it turned bright pink, which made for an excitable thing to watch. The drink was sweet yet strong with Don Julio Tequila, Lime, Butterfly pea & agave. Whilst my friend Femi went for the Candy Shop sour.

Maria brought us warm sourdough bread with dipping oil, butter and olives, the bread was really nice and worked well paired with the oils.  

For starters, I went for the Chorizo Scotch Eggs with smoked paprika, this may come as a surprise to you but I have never had a scotch egg and I was pleasantly surprised. I might be BIASE but that was the best scotch egg I've ever had, I could have easily eaten two more of them. Femi went for the calamari which was equally as nice. 

For the main, I went with the venison pie with spiced red cabbage. The pastry casing was perfectly made, crispy, flaky and together with the venison which was tender, beautifully rich and very filling. Femi, on the other hand, had the Salmon which had a crispy breadcrumb outer layer with wilted spinach and a creamy cream sauce which brought it altogether. Not only did it look amazing it happened to be soo good he needed a nap, that to me is a sign of a great meal.

Surprisingly, we had space for desserts and I went for a firm favourite of mine Creme Brûlée with shortbread. I also had a Raspberry Ripple cocktail made with Johnnie Walker Whiskey , Drambuie honey liquor, raspberries & cream. (It looked like a smoothie)

Femi opted for a liquid dessert of the Tipsy Affogato which was Vanilla ice cream with espresso, Kailua & Amaretto and finished with a pecan tart and a side of vanilla ice cream.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Drift Bar. Beautiful and bespoke decors, great tasting food and perfect service. It’s a great space for after work drinks to road test those beautifully crafted cocktails and a perfect spot for brunch, lunch and dinner. 

*I was a guest at the Drift Bar. All views and opinions are my own. 

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