October 28, 2019
Little Bat Bar feels like home
The little sister of Callooh Callay has hit Angel and it’s one that’s not to be missed. Little Bat has come to London with a quirky, vibrant feel that’s here to be the number one neighbourhood hotspot. Having been crowned the winner of the new best bar in 2018, it’s definitely worth a visit!
Rocking up to the Little Bat on a Friday evening was ideal, the atmosphere at the front of the house was exciting and the bar and décor had a quirky Hoxton-esque vibe. We were taken to the back which was slightly curtained off from the bar, although the bar was more atmospheric, this did add a more private eating angle.
We started by ordering Oysters and A Russian Spring Punch cocktail which stood out on the cocktail menu based on its mix of Ketel One vodka, Creme De Framboise and Prosecco. Oysters are an acquired taste – beautifully presented and tasted exactly of the ocean. The cocktail, on the other hand, lacked flavour and depth and just missed the mark.
The mains did not disappoint at all. Linguine with beef cheek ragu and Linguine with girolle mushrooms, sage butter and autumn truffle. The flavours were incredibly well matched and the subtle truffle notes blended well with the fresh pasta. Our server was also excellent throughout, she made recommendations and sat with us to go through the staples on the menu.
The chef Ian Macintosh clearly knows what he’s doing with the menu. His twist on seasonal British ingredients to create a masterpiece of flavours from the simplest of ingredients are all there. Ian defines his style as “seasonal produce that hasn’t travelled thousands of miles. Vegetables that have only been out of the ground a few days, meat from small farms and sustainable day boat fish from Devon. It’s unpretentious and approachable, we make everything ourselves – bread, pasta, pastry etc.”
That’s something that is really humbling when it comes to a menu, especially now that winter is upon us.
We thought it was time to try the cocktails again and opted for two different ones ‘A night of passion’ a bourbon-based drink and ‘clover club’ a classic gin-based cocktail. Both cocktails were beautifully presented but again lacked flavour and almost tasted like virgin cocktails.
Little Bat is the perfect place to go for a family meal or if you’re local to Angel and fancy something that tastes home-cooked. The atmosphere of the venue was superb and the lovely staff were well-versed in the entirety of the menu. If there was one bit of feedback I’d give to the venue is that if it’s known as the sister company of Callooh, the cocktails need to be up to that standard in order to survive the many thriving places in London.
That said, I’ll be coming here for brunch because that menu looks utterly divine and the pasta dishes we had were almost as good as the menu I’d sampled in Tuscany, but with an exciting British twist.
W:Little Bat Bar
A: 54 Islington Park Street Cocktail Bars & restaurant Highbury &, London N1 1PX
T: 020 7359 6070
Written by Kaya Cheshire for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International