Down an unassuming side street a short walk from the revellers of Highbury & Islington, resides a vintage chic cocktail bar named Little Bat, sister to Callooh Callay in Shoreditch. They’ve recently launched a brunch menu for the weekends with a bottomless offering and a DIY Bloody Mary trolley to boot. We decided to check it out one sunny Saturday.
We sat looking out onto the street trying to catch a breeze in 30 degree heat, but behind us the restaurant was boasting an impressive interior. It’s a delightful vintage tavern adorned with dusty champagne bottles and contrasting pop art on the walls. There’s chesterfield benches and William Morris style wallpapers and the vintage lamp shades and wood topped bar create the atmosphere of an old saloon.
A highlight to our visit believe it or not, were the toilets. I can only speak for the Ladies but when walking in, the lighting is picture perfection. Decorative baskets overspilling with leaves hang freely from the glass paned roof and each cubicle has a cabinet full of essentials, like cotton buds to wipe away that mascara smudge you didn’t notice before leaving the house in a hurry. What a lovely touch!
The brunch menu comes with a ‘bottomless’ option, choose from either Bloody Mary, Prosecco or Mimosas. If you’re not feeling bottomless but do require a ‘hair of the dog’ tipple, the DIY Bloody Mary trolley is the one for you and the cocktail list is full of treats too.
We opted for one of the Bloody Mary’s to start, and followed with a Cantaloupe Spritz (Melonade, pineapple shrub and prosecco). It was fresh, light and perfect on a sunny day.
Whilst we waited for our mains, we grazed on the roasted cauliflower and smoked cheddar croquettes dipped in a zingy chilli relish. Much to our disappointment, the fish nuggets we were keen to try didn’t make it so we opted for more cocktails instead!
My friend and I are both gin lovers and decided to try the Breakfast Club cocktail; Portobello gin, pampelle, cocchi rosa and lemon, and the Earl 75; Few Breakfast gin, lemon vanilla syrup and Veuve champagne. Both were fresh and fuelled with citrus notes.
The mains arrived at our table, with the chicken and waffles a complete showstopper. It’s a proper hearty American dish served with BBQ hot sauce, avocado and a fried egg with a seemingly runny yolk. The pancakes were impressive too. The grainy texture (they’re made with polenta) of each fluffy sphere was built upon with an almond butter, strawberry, orange zest and mint topping.
We finished off with an Elevenses; A rumbullion cocktail served with a shot of Fair cacao liqueur and a biscuit for good measure.
With full bellies and inhebriated minds, we embraced the last of the afternoon sunshine in a pub nearby with alas, more drinks and concurred on what a ruddy good brunch we’d had.
To book a table at Little Bat, visit www.littlebatbar.com
54 Islington Park Street