I was recently invited by Zomato for a #ZomatoMeetUp at Looking Glass, a cocktail club in East London. I had actually won a twitter competition hosted by Le Binh of The Food Connoisseur and Zomato (dinner at Miyako) and was subsequently invited to the Meet Up to collect my prize.
On arrival, Looking Glass looks quite small and intimate; it would be great for a date or a catch up with a friend. However it is actually larger than it looks….behind the looking glass (i.e. the mirror by the bar), where I was escorted through is another area, which is bigger and would be ideal for a private party or events.
|The Looking Glass|
I was treated to a glass of their House white wine before the event kicked off, which was a refreshing Pinot Grigio. Then followed glasses of two of their cocktails:
- Ted's Bellini (with extra kicks from both a dash of fin & Kummel liqueur (flavoured with celery and peach cordial)
- Jabberwocky (Chivas Regal is lengthened with Dubonnet, Creme de Bergamot, Lapsang amaro, orange juice & shaken into a coupette & garnished with sour cherry)
|No, the bartender is not evil; my camera phone has a naughty habit of giving people|
I really liked Ted’s Bellini; it was sweet which is usually how I prefer my alcoholic drinks to be! The Jabberwocky tasted quite strong (and quite probably contributed to me feeling quite mellow on the way home!) but went down quite smooth. Nothing worse that drinking something that burns the throat…..
Their cocktails range from £8 - £14, which some may consider pricey; however they are not your typical cocktails and are created by the bar team at Looking Glass. If your are looking for unique cocktail, then definitely try Looking Glass.
The food was provided by Misschu, a Vietnamese catering business which originally started in Australia (they have 7 branches there). Misschu specialise in rice paper rolls and they made the following for the event:
- Tiger prawn and green mango
- Egg omelette, caramelised onion and balsamic caramelised onion (V)
- Sashimi tuna, avocado & wakame
- Vegan organic tofu, shimeji and enoki mushroom (V) (Not Gluten Free)
- Roast duck & banana flour
|Sashimi tuna, avocado & wakame|
|Roast Duck & Banana Flour|
No exaggeration, these rice paper rolls tasted so nice! they were fresh and light; I particularly loved the tiger prawn & green mango, as well as the sashimi tuna, avocado & wakame which had just the right amount of wasabi to give it a kick. The vegetarian varieties also came with a plum sauce, which was rich in flavour.
Misschu also has a ‘tuckshop’ in Whitechapel, so it’s good to know that I can get some rice paper rolls on the go!
Zomato allows people to write reviews on restaurants and other eateries (e.g. takeaways, cafes); great for foodies like me – kind of a ‘food discovery guide’. It started as a project in India in 2008 and has expanded to currently 13 countries.
According to Zomato, on creating a profile, you can do the following on their site (the info below taken directly from their website):
- Find the best restaurants nearby
- See detailed restaurant info, and thousands of scanned menus
- Discover restaurants according to your mood
- Follow foodies for trusted reviews
- Create your own personal food diary
- Share your gastronomic journey with your friends
As part of my prize, I shall be writing a review about Miyako on Zomato as well as my blog; so watch out for that in the coming weeks!