There are few things finer, I have found, than cocktails on a Friday night with a friend.
So it was something of a delight to head to the launch party of Pacata in New Row, London, at the end of the working week.
The brand new pan-Asian restaurant, owned by beer giants Singha, is now to be found inside a Grade II listed building, nestled in the heart of Covent Garden. It’s an intimate, rather quirky little spot – and Yasuji Morizumi, the first Michelin starred Ramen chef, has designed the venue’s menu.
To celebrate its launch we, alongside TOWIE‘s Ferne McCann, Louise Thompson and Ollie Proudlock, put away rather a few cocktails.
A particular potent combination of Cointreau, Vodka, and cranberry juice (with a slice of cucumber to garnish) certainly saw our evening commence in a happy fashion. We followed that up with a, ahem, couple of gin-based concoctions (gin, elderflower, ice, and what seemed like a whole basil tree to garnish, is dangerously easy-to-drink.) And though the third cocktail being served looked delicious, it was, I was informed by the fabulous bar staff, Tequila-based. Tequila and me have a difficult relationship, so we swerved the offer of those.
Having spent several hours sipping our cocktails and nibbling at some of Morizumi’s creations, it’s safe to say this is a spot we are likely to return to. The restaurant’s Japanese, Thai and Indian street food is a treat for the taste buds, and the cocktails (the menus for which, by the way, are hidden inside the novel on your table!) get even more adventurous than those we enjoyed.
PS I was rather dazzled by the tiling in the loo..!
Pacata, 4 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LH: www.pacata.co.uk