With all the in-house non-alcoholic concoctions brewing in restaurant kitchens across London, dining out while not drinking doesn’t have to be a lackluster affair. Here are four venues in London serving up creative non-alcoholic beverages that won’t leave you despairing Dry Jan.
1 The Water House Project, Bethnal Green
The unfussy fine-dining supper club by Gabriel Waterhouse serves up a set nine-course meal (£120pp) Wednesday to Saturday paired with wine, or house-made alcohol-free infusions. You’ve got turmeric, elderflower or raspberry and hibiscus kombucha to try, as well as a butternut spritz and Jerusalem artichoke consommé too. These creative drinks are designed to go well with equally creative dishes such as Lapsang macaroon with chicken liver and apple; kohlrabi, puy lentils, mint oil, black garlic; and Tunworth, pear and vanilla with shallot ice cream and burnt onion skins.
Address: 1 Corbridge Crescent, E2 9D
2 Paradise, Soho
Contemporary Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise has several artisanal house infusions to try if you’re off the booze. The restaurant has a Nuwera-Eliya style pear ice tea, as well as a ginger beer and a cox apple and clove king coconut water you can wash down the likes of smoked chicken and ambarella curry; country-style mung bean curry and fried long aubergine and jaggery moju with. Chef patron Malin de Silva’s menu is influenced by Portuguese, Malay, South Indian and Dutch cuisines, as well as family recipes.
Address: 61 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 7PW
3 Mãos, Shoreditch
The minimal and intimate restaurant (accommodates 16 diners an evening) which earned a Michelin star 18 months after opening. Wednesday to Saturday the venue offers a set menu (£170) which you can pair with wine (£125) or a selection of alcohol free drinks (£95), or a mix (£110). Mãos brews “living juices” using seasonal ingredients and cultures from Mexican tibicos grains and Chinese tea mushrooms in Korean fermentation jars. Standout drinks include a black garlic kombucha and a pickle martini.
Address: 41 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
4 Ekstedt at the Yard, Westminster
*Currently closed. Reopening January 18* Housed in the Great Scotland Yard hotel with award-winning Michelin-starred Swede Niklas Ekstedt at the helm, this restaurant has a selection of house-made kombuchas (£45/£35) to pair with either it’s seven (£135) or three (£75) course tasting menu, which Grace Dent says is “a wonderful way for non-boozers to feel included”. Dishes are cooked using fire – in a fire pit, in a wood-fired oven and one a wood stove, and include inventive creations such as charcoal cream with vendace roe, ember baked leek and smoked deer; fire-baked cod with potato and horseradish sauce, fermented parsnip and ember-baked shallot.
Address: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, WestminsterSW1A 2HN