Nonetheless reeling from the frustration of Batgirl being canned mere months from release? Questioning the place you’re going to get your subsequent Bat-fix now?
Why not chew over your disappointment with an immersive eating expertise primarily based on the caped crusader set within the coronary heart of London.
Maintain on a sec although: immersive eating? They’re two phrases that may normally make my pores and skin crawl and have me heading to the closest immersive exit.
However a Batman-themed eating expertise is such a mad concept that I simply needed to see it for myself and so I arrived on the Monarch Theatre, cape safely stowed, to see what all of the fuss was about.
Monarch Theatre is a part of Park Row, a flowery cocktail bar in London’s Soho district, which is itself suitably Gotham, crammed as it’s with moneyed-looking people ingesting the night time away ignoring the crimes occurring on its doorstep (or The Bob Marley Musical, because it prefers to be known as).
However earlier than I might get too comfy within the Manhattan-style environment of Park Row, I used to be whisked away to a separate room the place I used to be greeted by our host for the night and had the possibility to mingle with the up-to twenty fellow diners who be part of you on a protracted, white desk (don’t fear, that is London, no-one will discuss to you) for the expertise.
Instantly the little Batman touches begin to leap out at you. You’re given a two-headed coin (like Harvey Dent) to place right into a machine which can inform you whether or not your soul is mild or darkish.
There’s newspaper clippings concerning the night time Bruce Wayne’s dad and mom have been murdered on the wall.
However the principle hook is that every dish (of which there are ten, with a few additional small treats thrown in) relies on a hero or villain from Batman’s historical past, there’s a small spiel to elucidate the theme and a video performs on the floor-to-ceiling wraparound display to set the temper.
It’s a cultured, trendy affair have been cosplay is banned – so don’t flip up sporting your finest cowl, okay?
Towards all my expectations, I really thought it was cleverly achieved and plenty of enjoyable. The Riddler’s dish (ox tongue lollipop with horseradish) is served in a bust of a head signifying his huge mind.
The Penguin (scallop and caviar in a white chocolate sauce) is topped with an edible gold leaf to indicate off his avaricious nature.
The Scarecrow sees ‘worry gasoline’ emerge from our seats as we’re offered with a fragile trying ‘lethal’ mushroom which cuts aside to be a scrumptious mushroom pate served with a sourdough bread.
Superman’s passionfruit soufflé actually floats! There’s no dish for poor previous Barbara Gordon although, alas, snubbed once more.
The meals itself is uniformly wonderful and alterations to the set menu could be made on request in case of allergy symptoms – and included within the £195pp value is an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink pairing all expertly detailed by the on-hand sommelier Milena.
The expertise lasts for about three hours and there’s a break in-between to vary up a number of the surroundings and offer you an opportunity to stretch your legs.
All of it provides as much as a assured effort that die-hard followers will love – however even in the event you’re a little bit of a Bat Novice you’ll be capable to observe alongside simply sufficient.
Possibly it wasn’t fairly as batty an thought as I believed, eh?
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