If the saddles in place of bar stools weren’t enough of a clue: it’s safe to say, the cocktails at Chakana will really take you on a ride.
The chap behind the potions, Isacc Morrison, has produced an advanced cocktail list which amalgamates ancestral Peruvian flavours with detoxifying, oomph-boosters that will surge vitality back into any Londoners grey flannel life.
Unlike a lot of Westend clubs Chakana has steered clear of rail vodka heavy love potions. Instead they offer a thoroughly considered and unique list which uses premium spirits and rare super foods from the Andes such as chia seeds, maca roots, inca berries and flavourful coca leaves.
First on the agenda was the Amazonian Bliss which takes inspiration from an age old recipe. This elixir has a picso base and is shaken with Don Julio Reposado, a pear liqueur, lemon and lime juices, inca spice syrup, and mixed with a healing and clarifying aloe vera.
Next up, we tried the City of Gold. The clues in the name – this cocktail has a luxurious proportion of Don Julio Blanco tequila in the base, thats balanced by a light hibiscus syrup, fresh raspberries and lime juice, and then comes at you served straight up.
Famously Peruvian, the last sweet nectar to tried was a Pisco Sour. This classic has a heavy helping of pisco, blended with sugar, fresh lime and, egg whites which make it light on your lips. All of the drink at Chakana are served with a little theater and the Pisco Sour is no exception – its served alight in a wood whittled mug.
Just as Bodo’s Schloss use a ski boot and Mahiki use a chest, Chakana have signature party serve which goes above and beyond. The tree of life shots, come with glasses delicately balanced on branches of the tree and as well as this pisco can be served straight from a jaguars head.
The Chakana cross is the universal symbol of wholeness, which is echoed throughout their worldly menu and in 2014 the temple of pleasures will be launching their food menu, which we don’t doubt will be just as adventurous.