posted: Monday, 16 July 2012
Antigravity yoga on a Monday is now something I yearn for the rest of the week. It's hard to explain but it's a mix of yoga, trapeze, cardio-work and relaxation which sometimes involves a hammock hanging from scaffolding.
I guess you have to experience it to be able to nod along with my description. But whatever it is it feels so good for me.
Another plus point for going is that it takes place fairly near the Nightjar.
This is a bar I've long read about, and was even meant to have some instruction from the head barman Luca Cinalli last year but for some reason didn't. I know they're not only known for their drinks but also their garnishes (you can read an article about them here) so had high hopes.
Upon entry we were instantly wowed- the bar is gorgeous. Fortunately, for us, as it was a Monday it was fairly empty (it's sitting and table service only) which meant we could spread out, hear ourselves talk and relax as we perused the long and oh so tempting menu. So often when I read a drink menu I'm disappointed as I search for something new or just something I hope I'll like but here there were at least 30 drinks I felt I could have ordered- and I think all the others would have been my second choice.
In the end I plumped for a Ginza Cocktail which promised whiskey, sherry, sake vermouth, Pomelo bitters, Campari crystals and bamboo charcoal. Admittedly all I could really taste was whiskey (which I'm not a big fan of, it was the promise of Campari, pomelo and charcoal which tempted me) but I struggled through. My companion for the evening ordered a Mediterranean Shrub and went for the 'plum, date, grape and balsamic' option. I always worry shrubs will be too sweet but this was delicious- and it came with a kilner jar of the fruit which she could enjoy.
But admittedly the drinks weren't just about how they tasted- how they looked was a huge part of our enjoyment. Mine came in a ceramic cup, placed in a wooden box which when I lifted the cup the base of the box was filled with Wasabi peas. On top of the drink was some rice crackers, some playing card (you can buy packs of cards with their cocktails on- we both went home with a pack and will be using them in future to randomly choose our drinks) and a origami bird.
Although we had originally said we were going to pop in for one drink and then home (it was a Monday night after all) we ended up ordering food and then I had another drink...Well I blame the yoga for giving me such a thirst...
Roll on next Monday.