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New Cocktail Menu for Galvin at Windows
October 27, 2015
Perched on the 28th floor of Park Lane’s London Hilton, Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows bar has been impressing customers with its seasonally-inspired menus and signature cocktails for almost a decade.
Now, to celebrate bar manager Boris Ivan’s recent trip around Asia, the high end bar has launched its new ‘Traveller’s Book’ cocktail menu, inspired by what was discovered on his journey. Served with a side of breath-taking views, the new cocktails boast quintessentially Asian ingredients, from Soshu to yuzu sake and everything in between. Drawing inspiration from the Far East, fans of Asia can drink their way around the land of the rising on the sun or sip their way through Seoul.
Firm favourite and sure to become a top seller is Geisha, a stunningly presented cocktail blending Absolut Elyx, tangy cherry and vanilla, served in a Japanese bowl and topped with petals. Gentlemen looking to impress should opt for the £40 Star of Maiko for a sophisticated twist on a Manhattan, where Johnnie Walker Blue is seamlessly blended with Chocolate fondling to create a show-stopping drink. Matcha, one of the more popular Japanese trends to hit the UK, also features heavily on the menu – much to our enjoyment. The twist on a British classic, Matcha G&T, infused basil Tanqueray with green tea and tonic syrup for a fresh take on the drink, and the Zen Fizz mixed premium Perrier Jouet nv with Havana 7yo rum and was garnished with a generous head of Matcha tea sorbet – so good we had to order another. And another…
Accompanying the cocktails is a decent selection of canapés for the table set on a smooth, wooden platter; ideal if you find yourself feeling a little light headed after enjoying a cocktail too many. Gourmet scotch eggs, smooth foie gras and pigs head croquettes are delicious pairings for the cocktails, though it’s a shame the Asian theme doesn’t extend past the drinks.
The new Traveller’s Book cocktail menu averages at around £16 a drink, making Galvin at Window’s a slightly pricey but achievable place to impress someone on a date. The leather furnishings, exquisite views and intimate atmosphere mean that this is a night that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Words by Sophie Coughlan