The Cool Cat
Reinventing itself to serve pimped-up versions of ‘Korean with a twist’, this fun spot has come on in leaps and bounds since opening two years back.
Highlights: K-fries (kimchi, bulgogi beef, chips – messy, delicious), a dessert that saw a heap of matcha tea ice cream stuffed inside a donut (no words for how clever that is), and a Kimchi Mary cocktail that’s outrageously fantastic (and all the more so for being topped with strips of crunchy bacon).
No surprise then to find The Cool Cat buzzing with a young tattooed crowd updating their Instagram food porn albums.
Brought to you by the makers of MOD, it’s therefore natural that the original style extends to kooky interiors tinged with a trace of retro: a tall mirrored wall, disco tunes and the kind of sparkling chandelier last seen in Boogie Nights.
On the menu: a comforting portion of General Tso Chicken, and a couple of cocktails – pictured, that’s some weird kiwi potion that got sunk in a gulp.
Owned by Bazar Kocha next door, this new venture looks to pre-war times to revive classic, old school cocktails served by smooth-talking gents in crisp shirts and braces.
Atmospheric, chilled and highly recommended.
Koko & Roy
How’s this for a makeover – what was formerly Bacio, a grotto-style den festooned with fairground trinkets, has re-emerged as a smart eatery with a warm, pared-down design that’s ripe for modern times: glimmery Sputnik lights, mustard and wood finishes, and eclectic artwork produced by the owner.
Beyond the surface details are an array of cocktails made to New York specifications – we had meant to continue this bar crawl, but found ourselves trapped in this brilliant American-owned find.