Shaking up innovative cocktails at Thameside's Mondrian London hotel
Please note, Dandelyan is now closed. Lyaness bar will open soon at the same location and from the same bar team. Time Out Editors, March 2019.
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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- 4 star:8
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This is a beautiful bar in a stunning location. Right on the south bank, overlooking (in my opinion) one of the best views in London. The decor is tasteful yet quirky and the cocktail list is extensive enough to please even the pickiest drinker.
Booking a table in advance is probably a good idea but the staff are more than accommodating and service is efficient despite the bar being fairly sizeable.
LOVED this bar... We had a little table booked for drinks at Dandelyan and so glad we thought to call ahead! All the tables are reserved although there was space at the bar for the less organised! We had several rounds of cocktails which were simply delightful - I also tried orange rose which was amazing! Worth a visit as the staff are incredible too!
London has much better cocktail bars to offer!! I don’t understand these reviews!?? With the tag of ‘best cocktail bar in....’ you need better drinks and not Pre-mixed ones either. The waiter was rubbish too... the location was interesting. Right on the river to the bridge but the view was actually not that grand. Just further down the river before you get to Southbank there’s a few restaurants with goodish food but also a great view. This place blows .. soz
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!!
Loved this bar, it was the perfect mix of chic, ambience and decadence. The drinks menu was carefully curated - as were each of the cocktails, and despite the price tags I think it was worth it. Service was impeccable and we got regular top ups of water which often goes overlooked. The views were amazing, and the staff were also really helpful when deciding on drink choices. Will definitely go back, and think it's perfect spot for a small group gathering or date night!
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...
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