There’s something about summer in London that’s really special. Just walking around, enjoying the sunshine, eating special summer menus and indulging in some cocktails al fresco. When the sun appeared for that short window appeared a couple of weeks ago, Caitlin and I decided to make the most of the opportunity with dinner at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill’s The Montagu restaurant, before drinks under the gorgeous tree at SUSHISAMBA.
All celebrations call for bubbles, so we started our evening a glass of my favourite English sparkling wines, Nyetimber.
Having said cheers to being out of the library and away from the books for one night, we caught up about what was new with both of us, and what are plans are for after exams (so so so soon!)
If girls’ night and new adventures don’t call for bubbles I’m not sure what does..!
The summer Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served menu is full of delicious, summery options, which makes decisions makes it a little difficult to choose!
Caitlin chose the chicken liver pate, served with delicious sourdough bread; a starter that she loved and that reminded her of her time in New Zealand.
When I see mussels on a menu there’s a little part of me that smiles inside, and I couldn’t resist indulging that little bit of me that night…
Shetland mussels cooked in 2013 Sharpham White Wine from Dart Valley, served with lightly oiled sourdough bread; it was just what I wanted.
For main courses, we tried really hard not to order the same main course, but when it came down to decisions we just couldn’t resist…
The hake was served with pearl barley risotto and chorizo was an incredible choice from both of us. Fish that flaked apart just as it should, and served with a delicious creamy risotto, we were both very happy with our choices! It was a very generous portion which left us both pleasantly full… But still with a little room for dessert!
For pudding, we decided to order two puddings and split them between us, ’cause caring is sharing right?
We both loved the caramel and chocolate shortbread based pudding, served with a chocolate straw and ice cream.
A perfect dessert for two chocaholics if you ask me!
The second dessert was a chocolate Kirsch cake, which was less to our taste as we found it a little heavy.
After finishing our wine, laughing away the evening and thanking the lovely staff, we weren’t quite ready to head home yet…
I’d made us a reservation at SUSHISAMBA for some cocktails to try out their Artistry in Alchemy cocktails in association with Bombay Sapphire. SUSHISAMBA has been on both of our lists for a long time, but somehow neither of us had managed to get a booking yet!
Up the lift and round those iconic stairs we were finally in one of the most beautiful restaurants in London – and one with a fabulous view!
We had a table outside underneath that iconic tree… Which is a view that it’s safe to say photos can do more justice than words…
I started with a Yuzu Gin Fizz, expertly made from Bombay Sapphire, yuzu juice and shiso infusion.
A deliciously refreshing cocktail, it was the ideal drink to enjoy the terrace with.
Caitlin opted for the Yuzu Martinez; made from Bombay Dry, sweet vermouth and maraschino liquor stirred with a yuzu infusion. Perfect for someone who enjoys a slightly stronger, short drink, but that still enjoys the yuzu flavour.
We had an interesting first date going on next to us, which gave us both entertainment for the evening and a great photographer!
Cheers, to the best of friends!
And somehow, the sun seemed to disappear and it was a lot more evening-like than when we had entered..!
With time for just one more drink left before it really was time to call it a night, I ordered a Mayan Rose, made with Bombay Sapphire, coffee infused aromatised wine, swizzled through crushed ice with pistachio and pineapple. A delicious, tangy cocktail that I could have had more than one of (!).
Caitlin, a fan of the short cocktail, ordered, with our waiter’s recommendation, a Coconut and a Kaffir Gimlet. A sweet cocktail that was delicious after dinner, but would have been to much before dinner.
If summer evenings can all be like this, I’d like it to be summer all the time please!
We were guests of The Montagu and SUSHISAMBA.