Review of Basement Sate

Forget going to Shoreditch for the latest hipster bar Basement Sate in Soho is where its at. The brainchild of Cathleen McGarry (co-owner of Sherry Butt bar in Paris )  this underground gem is  the ultimate in laid back sophisticated indulgence. Bringing together a Parisian patisserie chef, and a cocktail menu designed to compliment some carefully constructed desserts, get used to London’s next big thing, dessert bars.

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     The decor resembled Ron Burgundy’s study, ethic etchings copper tables and masculine dark mahogany leather bunkets designed by Fleming and Howland. The romantic low lighting creates a living room atmosphere, a cool late night hang out without the private membership

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The 12 strong cocktail list is designed by Byly Tran at Basement Sate is made up of inventive house concoctions, twists on classics and a range of carefully selected quality spirits. Unusual ingredients such as seaweed and salted caramel, as well as experimenting with traditional and quintessentially British ingredients such as beetroot, and homemade fruit syrups.

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Basement Sate beams an artistic menu of desserts created by Dorian Picard, a Pastry Chef from Provence. He carefully matched his artisan delights to the flavours of the cocktails enhancing the taste of the drink with every sip. 

Arboriculturist  is fruity but sour cocktail mixed with calvados,  earthy and spiced from the dusting of cinnamon and sweetened by the pear syrup and sherry.  A great apéritif to get your appetite going. 

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Your tastebuds are taken up a notch with the ruby red Beet Me Up a tart cocktail mixed with vodka, beetroot, ginger and moscato was sharp like pickle juice, quite harsh but worked against the rich desserts.

The mini mille-feuille chocolat was rich and dence, perfect miniature cake but quite a mouth sticker.  

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Eagle In A Tub  cocktail was gentle less sharp than the previous drink, this cocktail was the palette cleanser. Light and delicate the freshness of the ginger gave the drink a zing against the gin and fernet branca.

The mini Vacherin a lime meringue basil cream topped with raspberry was the star dessert. A chewy meringue with the crispy outer shell acted as a cone for the tangy yet herby fruit filling.

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Basement Sate boasts stylish, sophisticated and contemporary cocktails minus the flamboyance. The latest gastronomic trend of desserts for dinner seems to intrigue the hipster crowd, paired with a quality cocktail it really is the icing on the cake. Pun intended.

All desserts are available till 12am priced at £8 – £12.


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