Basement Sate

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This new Soho nightspot offers a compact list of cocktails, the promise of desserts, and a rota of DJs throughout the week.

Poor old pud: always the bridesmaid, never the bride. But after years of being picked last, dessert’s finally getting a white wedding, as going out in the evening specifically for a sweet has become a bit of a ‘thing’. 

It started innocently enough, with gelaterias and cafés staying open until late, for people-watching until the small hours. Then came the ‘dessert bars’ in pâtisseries and restaurants. Recently a dedicated pudding bar pop-up (called the Pudding Bar) set up shop in Soho.  And now we have this, a permanent ‘cocktail and dessert bar’. 

Once home to The Player bar, Basement Sate still looks and feels like a low-key cocktail bar – but gives pudding equal billing. 

Half the menu lists cocktails, the other, ambitious desserts. But while our £11 ‘chocolatine’ (a celebration of cocoa in all of its forms, from plain slivers and mousses to cakes and brownie bites), was outstanding, others were outlandish. The £8 ‘London-Brest’, a tenuous, deconstructed take on the Paris-Brest (choux pastry with a praline cream centre), was actually a messy, ill-judged jumble.

Cocktails were equally hit-and-miss: our l’Entrée des Artistes, a milk-based rum and sherry cocktail infused with salted caramel and bitter notes of coffee (£11), was exceptional. But when asked to create a sour-style mocktail (£7), the handsome bartender simply omitted the booze from an existing drink, thereby removing its balance and rendering it sickly sweet.

Basement Sate’s execution doesn’t live up to the new-trend hype, so the honeymoon period for this pudding bar might, we fear, be over all too soon. 

Venue name: Basement Sate
Contact:
Address: 8 Broadwick St
London
W1F 8HW
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road; Leicester Square

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Harry B

Mixed feelings about the place. The deco is nice, staff were quite friendly, deserts are good. I know it's supposed to have a DJ etc but I found the music too loud for any kind of conversation involving more than 2 people. Oh and they don't serve coffee.

Dan C

A good bar, with good drinks, but overpriced. If you host a party there, please make sure to keep all communications and keep a regular eye on the bar bills and spend. They require a minimum spend, then do not keep you up to date until the end, when you may get left with a huge bill. A lax attitude to the tab, alongside a lack of contracts can cause loud conversations later on and paying a vast amount of money. Be aware.

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TastemakerSpammer

This place is the absolutely perfect spot to go after dinner if a date has gone well!  Hidden in Soho, your date will be impressed when you lead them down an unmarked stairway on Broadwick St, to end the night on a cocktail and pudding fuelled high!  Full details and lots of photos on my blog here: http://wp.me/p4nrrM-QS

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Alexandra Goldsmith

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The first thing I noticed about Basement Sate was the great, relaxed atmosphere and stylish furniture. My friend and I both commented how we felt like we were in a beautiful living room, which was very relaxing! The Beet Me Up cocktail I ordered was delicious, with just the right amount of ginger. The parfait cassis which accompanied my cocktail had a great mixture of textures and lovely fruity kick. I'd definitely recommend this bar for an after dinner sweet treat or post work sugar hit.