As one of my favourite Shoreditch hangouts, I was sad to hear that The Curtain was closing the doors of Taqueria Roosteria back in April. However the moment I stepped foot inside The Green Room, I knew that from the ashes of the rooster had risen an emerald Phoenix.
Angular art deco interiors softened with plush velvet poofs oozed elegance and style. We were seated at the beautiful black marble bar and presented with the cocktail menu; a work of art in itself created by The Curtain’s in house food and beverage team and inspired by tales of East London. The menu was curated to perfection – the only problem was, where to begin?!
To start I chose the Strawberry Thief; a fruity spritz consisting of Grey Goose l’Orange, wild strawberry vermouth, bubbles, orange blossom and green leaf bitters.
It was clean and fresh but beautifully bodied, almost like a proper, ‘hard’ Pimms (meant as an utmost compliment).
Up next was the Split 75; Ford’s Gin, Maker’s Mark, Bloomsbury Amer, Sauternes, Champagne and lemon served with a foam banana sweet.
I’m almost at a loss as how to describe this one… it was DIVINE! Remember that song from the 90s by Everything But The Girl – “I didn’t know I was looking for love until I found you” … well that’s exactly how I felt. I fell head over heels and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
As tempted as I was to order another Split 75 and another and another … I thought I should at least see what else was out there before settling down for life, and I’m glad I did. I sowed my oats with the Bread & Butter Sazerac; Johnnie Walker Black Label, orange & mandarin bitters served with torched E5 Sourdough laced in butter. Whisky and carbs… sold! So simple yet complex and beautifully balanced, it was the perfect way to end the evening.
Whilst I was in the middle of my Sazerac-Split love triangle, my friend had been enjoying a Holiest Harlot; Braemble, Martini Riserva Bitter Especiale, pink champagne and raspberry – and tinkering away on a Baby Grand; Bacardi Carta Blanca, East London Liquor Company Demerera Rum, Champagne, London turmeric honey, bitters and honeycomb (it sounds sweet but it was beautifully silky and surprisingly dry on the finish).
So if you’re not as much of a whisky fan as I am, there’s more than enough on the menu for you to be getting on with … what are you waiting for? The Green Room is open now!