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Bull in a China Shop

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Shoreditch
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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From the team behind nearby bar and dim sum parlour The Drunken Monkey, a destination bar-restaurant featuring Japanese whiskies and rôtisserie chicken.

'Bull in a China Shop’ – a strange name for a bar, with its connotations of crashing-around clumsiness. And when you read their website, it does little to alleviate fears: ‘Our menu boasts eggs benedict, superfood salads, charcoal bun sandwiches, and Asian-spiced whisky glazed rotisserie chicken. Our bar serves an extensive selection of over 30 rare and premium whiskies, hailing from Japan and Scotland.’ Yet despite such a smash and grab of influences, Bull works.

The spirits selection makes it a proper whisky destination – it has more Japanese whiskies than anywhere I’ve seen in London, from the cool Nikka From the Barrel to rare Karuizawa bottlings. There are some brilliant Scotches too, and a list of inventive whisky cocktails (a Wabi/Sabi at £12 was made with Hakushu single malt, vermouth, green tea syrup and black walnut bitters).

The Bull’s menu, with its breakfast-to-late-night diversity, has a lot of good stuff on it. The rotisserie chicken is brined with ginger, marinated in yogurt and grilled with that whisky glaze – it’s great, although served in an annoying mess-style enamel bowl that makes it hard to cut. Most humans – civilians, at least – prefer to eat off plates. Remember that, restaurateurs.

No bull: this Bull is a great place and a destination for whisky fans. All breakages, however, must be paid for.  

By: Euan Ferguson

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Details

Address: 196 Shoreditch High Street

London
E1 6JJ
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground.
Contact:
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm.
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