Shaking up innovative cocktails at Thameside's Mondrian London hotel
Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka bartender Mr Lyan, is a London cocktail dignitary – he's worked in some of the city’s most pioneering bars and now has his own range of mixed spirits in Selfridges. He opened his first bar in Hoxton in 2013, and hot on its heels is this second one.
Number two couldn’t be more different. Dandelyan has a prime spot off the lobby of the new multimillion-pound Mondrian hotel in the former Sea Containers House. Dandelyan is run by a team of super-slick international-hotel ‘servers’.
White Lyan set out to shake up the cocktail scene by dispensing with ice and all perishables, and Dandelyan’s menu is just as groundbreaking – ingredients include 'chalk bitters', 'crystal peach nectar’ and the archaic-sounding 'dandelion capillaire'.
The bar might be glamorous, luxurious and even a bit formal, but the drinks show Chetiyawardana’s invention and attention to detail. Ford & Warner (£12.50) was a fruitily fearsome blend of gin, 'bittered blackcurrant', dandelion flower and lemon, garnished with a little frozen cube of blackcurrant sorbet. An Evil Manhattan (£12.50) didn’t live up to its name but did contain a house-made beer 'vermouth', rye whiskey and bitters. Everything here has a hint of the garden about it, and everything is surprising without being show-off, and most of all, inherently drinkable.
Dress up before you drink up; it’s that sort of place.
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Dandelyan transports guests to a place where they can lose themselves in exotic flavours, magnetic conversation and unexpected combinations.
Created by bar impresario Ryan Chetiyawardana a.k.a. Mr Lyan (World's Best Bartender 2015 at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards), Dandelyan serves both innovative drinks and refined interpretations of the classics. The cocktail menu, Vices of Botany, explores our love of exploitation, escapism and the full spectrum of our guilty pleasures. As with past menus, it is divided into four sections: Faith, Lust, Currency and Rock 'n' Roll, plus Dandelyan "classics" from old menus and our "Booze-less" cocktails for delicious sin that's alcohol free.
The interior is designed by Tom Dixon, featuring an iconic green marble bar, pink leather banquettes and stunning river views of the Thames.
Drink and canapé menus for groups of 8-300. Semi-private areas available for groups. Bespoke bookings available on request.
20 Upper Ground
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
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- 4 star:7
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Nestled next to the Thames on the South Bank I was glad I reserved a table as soon many people were turned away, whilst we sat slipping cocktail and enjoy the bar food which was also as exceptional as the cocktails were, and they didn't bat an eye going off menu to finish on a couple of dry martinis, recommended but remember to book!!
We went for the Wyld tea on Saturday and the menu is truly amazing, cocktails were beautifully matched to the food. A very different afternoon tea experience with views over the river. However, it was let down by the service. The man who met us at the front to confirm our booking took us to a table on the edge of 2 corner sofas where we were to be 'perched uncomfortably, for our tea experience. I asked politely if we could move to a corner seat which had been set up for 2 to be told abruptly 'No', 'no it isn't specifically reserved' but no we couldn't move. A couple of ladies arrived at that table and sat after us.
Staff do make every effort to find out what you like so that you pick what should be to your liking on the menu. The bar food is basically the same starters menu at Sea Containers and actually it's very good. However the cocktails is the main drawcard here and although they tasted alright, and looked good - it wasn't groundbreaking in the least and in my mind, not at all memorable...
Good view and friendly staff, but was really incredibly surprised and disappointed by the extremely low quality of the cocktails having read so much hype. Adventurous? Yes. Tasty? Certainly not. Drinks either just tasted of almost-pure ethanol or lemon juice. The food was even more of a let down. Ketchup and BBQ sauce mixed together with some chicken?.. Ingenious. Seriously, if you're looking for a great night with great food and drink: just go to The Ivy...