Rake’s Cafe Bar
Housed inside the swanky Andaz London in Liverpool Street, the charming bar offers simple food done well, great service and a superb cocktail menu.
What’s the vibe?
The perfect post work in the City hangout. Walking distance from Liverpool Street station, the bar is made up of three distinct areas. The Front Room is home to DJ’s from Thursday to Saturday nights, The Parlour is a chic lounge area whilst No. 3 is a secret space for private events.
What’s it really like?
Intelligent and sophisticated. The cocktail menu is inspired by Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress so drinks go from the light and refreshing The Levee, to the more out-there Orgy and Arrest before the much stronger Prison and Mad House. All were made exquisitely, as was the home-made peach iced tea which is the perfect refresher on the insanely hot summer evenings.
Why should you go?
The service was one of the strongest plus points. Staff were super friendly, informed and excellent at recommending dishes, drinks as well as local hotspots to continue the evening.
What should you have?
If you have never tried Cauliflower Wings, you must. Initially rejected, the super kind waitress insisted we tried them and we are glad that we did. Lightly blanched and then cooked in a secret sauce, they were the kind of incredible dish that you tell all of your friends about. The menu is broken up into small plates and larger dishes, akin to starters and main courses. The chicken and chorizo croquettes come highly recommended as does the huge buttermilk chicken burger.
The Arrest cocktail £11
The Levee cocktail (x2) £22
The Prison cocktail £11
Cauliflower wings £6.50
Chicken and chorizo croquettes £6.50
Buttermilk chicken burger (x2) £21
Mango and mint salad £6.50
Chocolate cake £6.50
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