Weekends are just so short aren’t they? I mean, you blink and Friday night, Saturday and Sunday are gone – it’s so unfair. So a couple of Thursday’s ago, in an attempt to extend the weekend beyond the usual blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair that it tends to be, Andy and I ventured to Marylebone to Noir W1 for some late night cocktail delights.
Situated within tripping distance (literally) of Selfridge’s exit, I can tell this is going to become a firm post shopping oh-my-I-think-my-feet-are-falling-off-I-want-a-cocktail respite spot! The decor is very, well, noir which gives it a really late night and sophisticated vibe.
Late night photography is still a new one for me with this camera, so bear with me…
We were greeted with a little pot of popcorn, which was well receives as we were surprisingly hungry when we arrived, as well as the London Cocktail Week signature cocktail. I let LCW slip past me a little this year as I’ve been so busy with London Restaurant Festival, but this cocktail (first picture) was a delicious reminder that I’ve got to make more time for it next time it comes around!
Whilst we enjoyed our first cocktail, we dived straight into the menu to see what was on offer.
Noir offers small sharing plates to go with its cocktails; it’s a menu where there is something for everyone and a selection of delicious sharing dishes no matter what time of the day or night it is.
We couldn’t resist the sound of the chicken skewers, cooked with a herb and lemon marinade, and served with a smooth harissa dip. The chicken itself was cooked very well, so was wonderfully tender, and was complemented by the slightly spicy harissa dip.
More to Andy’s taste that mine, but I think that more to do with the next dish that I could see coming towards us…
Burrata served with grilled Mediterranean vegetables and sauce vierge, and all mopped up with some bread.
I loved the burrata salad that I had at Social Wine and Tapas, but this was on another level as it was served whole, and oozed deliciousness as it was cut. A real must order if you’re a cheese lover like I am.
Our waitress was quick to recommend out next round of cocktails (and who were we to say no since we were starting the weekend early? We were beginning to realise that we could get used to this Thursday night out thing…) and suggested that Andy have the Citizen Cane.
He loved this rum based cocktail, that also had vermouth and amaro, which was a bit of a knock out and a touch strong for me. Who said cocktails were always feminine?
So I ordered a much girlier cocktail instead..!
The Coquette, a rum based cocktail with strawberry, lychee, rose water, vanilla, lime and topped with candy floss, is probably the girliest cocktail I’ve ever had and also ranks as one of the most delicious, outside of the my favourite mojitos, of course.
It sounds super sweet, but there’s just enough sweetness without it being overpowering, which in my books makes it a pretty perfect cocktail.
I adore drinking cocktails and when our waitress asked if we would like one little one more… Well, could I resist? Nup. You guessed it.
This time we both opted for gin based cocktails, which I think are my favourites, ’cause how can you go wrong with a pretty little twist on a G&T? I opted for a raspberry twist on my G&T which was another delicious treat for my sweet tooth…
Whilst Andy opted for a more refreshing option, instead choosing a cucumber and elderflower twist for his poison of choice. A less sweet but equally delicious and moreish option.
Feeling that we still needed a little more sustenance so that we could appreciate our cocktails, we ordered the prawn tempura – a nice little dish, but not the best of the evening.
As you can imagine from a cocktail bar, the bar itself is stocked with every bottle you can possibly imagine!
We were all ready to have out final delicious cocktails and just enjoy a little of the live music that had started when our waitress insisted that we couldn’t leave yet – we were intrigued to say the least!
Noir is the first venue in the UK to offer Airdem, a tobacco free, but alcohol friendly, vapour. It has notes of lavendar and mandarin, which you can really taste as your inhale the vapour.
It’s served with their Kiss Me Deadly cocktail, a wonderful mix of mandarin, lavendar, gin and Champagne, which really complements the flavours of the vapour.
Needless to say we were glad that we stayed for this unique experience!
Cocktails are a treat anyway, but when you combine them with a totally new experience, well, they become even more magical.
Our last surprise of the evening were these huge slabs of passion fruit cheesecake, which were so decadent and a great end to the meal. Ohhh so creamy and moreish – I was glad it was a large plate!
If you’re looking for a great date night venue, or a place to rest your weary feet after a long day of shopping with the girls Noir W1 is a fabulous place to visit. I have to say, I think it would make a great first date venue with it’s sharing food and delicious cocktails.
It’s not even too hard on the wallet either, with cocktails on offer until 9pm and dishes priced around the £5/6 mark, which we thought was even better considering its location.
With happy stomachs from all the food and cocktails, we drifted into the night happy that we had started our weekend early at a venue that I know we’ll go back to for another date night.
Our evening was complimentary but all opinions are my own.