Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Sophia Longhi0
Basement Sate Cocktails & Desserts, Soho
Summary: For an evening of pure indulgence, look no further than Basement Sate
Hot on the heels of the New York trend, going out for dessert is becoming somewhat of an event in itself, and Basement Sate in Soho is the destination for those with an incurable sweet tooth.
Owner Cathleen McGarry, who helped to make cocktail bar Sherry Butt in Paris a world-renowned success, has teamed up with Pastry Chef Dorian Picard (who has previously worked with Gordon Ramsay and Pascal Aussignac) to create a late-night menu of delectable desserts that aim to put pudding back into the spotlight, rather than being thought of as an after-dinner after-thought.
Rather than filling up on dinner first, we make our visit to Basement Sate at cocktail hour, when London starts to buzz with the after-work crowd and a couple of beverages have already whet the appetite.
Making our way downstairs into the cosy basement lair, we are greeted by a stylish interior, with beaten copper-topped tables, warm lighting and luxurious lounge chairs and sofas. The atmosphere exudes indulgence – as it should do when you are dining out on desserts and cocktails.
The 12-strong cocktail list, designed by Byly Tran, is a contemporary collection, intriguing any serious mixologist with its use of boutique premium spirits paired with English garden ingredients such as beetroot, celery and Granny Smith syrup. The latter, used in The Salty Granny, sweetens the punchy Japanese whiskey-based cocktail, which is rounded nicely by the wakame infused vermouth.
Tran seems to have mastered complex flavour pairings, and another sophisticated choice is the Mineral Gimlet, comprised of gin, yuzu and sake, which is delicately lifted by champagne syrup. The Arboriculturist also comes highly recommended, and with its sweet mix of sherry, calvados and cinnamon and pear syrup, it is the perfect pairing to a gorgeously rich dessert.
Now, onto the desserts. The menu is every girl’s dream and has something to suit every palate, from vanilla and cream to fresh fruit flavours – and, of course, chocolate. The Chocolatine has got to be the first choice for any chocolate lover (though the entire menu is mouth-wateringly tempting) and it doesn’t disappoint. Like a tasting plate of chocolate every which way, you are invited to sample dulcey chocolate mousse, with bites of ‘petite enfance’ chocolate cake and playful white chocolate and mint foam.
For something lighter, the London – Brest is a hazelnut and praline delight, which is decorated with shards of black sesame choux, adding a textured crunch to each mouthful. And although Basement Sate unapologetically tends to sweet tastebuds, there is a savoury option in the excellent Mille Feuille Fromage and Truffle dish, made with crisp filo pastry and truffled cheese cream, balanced expertly with honey and rosemary and pine-nut pesto.
For an evening of pure indulgence, look no further than Basement Sate. Along with fabulous table service and a relaxed atmosphere, this new addition to the Soho scene truly hits the spot – in more ways than one.
Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick St, W1F 8HNShare This Post