Basement Sate – Cocktails & Desserts

Basement Sate – Cocktails & Desserts
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BASEMENT SATE 3It’s always exciting when a new bar opens, complete with a fresh cocktail list to take a peek at – but Basement Sate in Soho is causing us even more reason to rub our hands in glee. Not only is it a new establishment serving top-of-the-line drinks, but there’s an extra element – it’s also a dessert bar!

Yes, now when you have a craving for something sweet and alcoholic then look no further than this gorgeous and opulent bar tucked at the bottom of a rickety staircase on Broadwick Street. Descend into the shadowy interior to be greeted by sumptuous sofas, elegant furnishings and all the class of a Parisian speakeasy in the early part of the century. It’s the kind of place you can imagine would be the scene for wild romances and clandestine passions, as well as just a great place to sit and people watch while enjoying a Chocolat Mille-Feuille.

VacherinWe were lucky enough to try some of the items on offer, and can heartily confirm that the dessert menu and the cocktail list both live up to all the hype. The Arboriculturist was smooth, golden and slightly sweet, with a delightful spicy pear aftertaste, while the Beet Me Up was sharp, packed a purple punch, and the beetroot gave a tasty earthiness that filled our whole mouths. For those wanting to indulge in a sugary treat, then there were dishes of Vacherin (Lime meringue with Basil Cream) and a wonderful creation of Black sesame choux, praline cream and hidden hazelnut called a London-Brest to tempt your palate.

The bar was the brainchild of Cathleen McGarry, who has already had resounding success with the Sherry Butt cocktail bar in Paris. The ethos of Basment Sate is to create a low-key but stylish London hangout for discerning clientele who want a late night drinking and dessert destination – something that has certainly been managed.

So, wait no longer! Whether it’s to while away an evening in a secluded and decadent spot, or just as a nightcap after dinner to finish up with something sweet, then head to Basement Sate and follow the instructions of Marie Antoinette when she declared ‘Let them eat cake!’

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Rebecca Milford


Written by Rebecca Milford

Posted: September 16, 2014

Rebecca is a cocktail connoisseur & fan of good nosh. A PR whizz with a gold medal in bar hopping, you can follow her on Twitter here.