This is shaping up to be a long week. A very long week. Maybe because it’s February, which is always a bit of a meh month (sorry February) or perhaps because the past couple of days have been devoid of sunshine. Or it’s a mixture of the two. Who knows? What we can say for certain is that we’ve had it with the winter. Or at least with the rain. And we’re counting the days until Spring. We need some persistent blue sky and some sunshine to replenish our vitamin D.
Back to this week. By the time yesterday rolled around, we heaved a sigh of relief. Finally it was Wednesday, hump day, when the weekend is in sight, the week is more than half over. One of us had a pretty crummy day and was hankering for an after-work drink. But the other one was already in PJs and had a chicken and some leeks roasting merrily in the oven, so not exactly party ready.
Well, we decided to have the best of both worlds, so after dinner went out in search of a few drinks. We weren’t really sure where to go, and were about to walk to the King’s Arms, when one of us suggested going to the recently opened (sometime last year) Mondrian Hotel and try their downstairs bar, Dandelyon.
We went to the hotel’s upstairs bar, Rumpus Room, soon after it opened and let’s just say we weren’t blown away by the drinks. We put that down to teething problems so soon after opening and wanted to wait at least a few weeks before giving the place another try. We did try to go to Dandelyon on a couple of Friday evenings, but it was always crowded. That has to be a good sign, we thought.
And it was. We got there at around 7 and found two seats at the bar. The place is sleek but plush, with a green marble bar and leather stools. Bottles or alcohol are displayed on the geometric shelves behind the bar and there are comfortable looking couches and armchairs around the large room. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a view of Blackfriars Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Unilever House.
But we weren’t there just to enjoy the view. We get quite a bit of that on our frequent walks along the river, not that it gets old. We were there for a drink. One of us was boring and opted for a Riesling, while the other was more adventurous and kicked off the evening with a Concrete Sazerac. The drink is served on stones and we thought that our bar tender (we think his name is Basile) said that they were edible. We were skeptical, but they were in fact chocolate intricately designed in a way that looked exactly like stones. And oh do delicious.
We also tried an Evil Manhattan and a Koji Hardshake before going for an Old Fashioned, but with a little twist, made with Zacapa 23 Rum, which is one of our favorites.
On our short walk home we talked about the difference between our first visit at the Mondrian and yesterday’s. Even though it was different bars, we’re so glad to have given the establishment a second try. Now we can’t wait to go back!