Opening up a restaurant in our bustling city must be a bit of a mean feat, what with nearly every idea being eaten up. However, it also pushes those in the culinary industry to turn to innovation far and wide, in a bid to conjure up new ideas.
Introducing the re-vamp of Alphabet, a restaurant not only with a super cool name, but an extra cool idea at its helm. The restaurant, formerly found on Soho’s Beak Street, has recently re-opened on Upper Street, Islington just a stroll from the underground. And for those who know their alphabet well, you’ll know it consists of 26 letters – (which is something I had to embarrassingly Google). Alphabet will therefore be offering a wow-worthy selection of 26 minimal-ingredient cocktails – 26 because of the amount of letters in the alphabet, keep up!
The cocktail menu has been cooked up by award-winning bartender Chris Edwards from Salts of the Earth cocktail consultancy. Classics re-vamped will include Alphabet’s C-Breeze and more, in the 180-cover bar. To be honest though, I’m quite jealous, as these guys seem to have a better pun game than I do where cocktails are concerned… I think I need shake things up. Food wise, there’s a lot going on. You can find signature dishes such as Amina’s Moroccan spiced chicken wings served with preserved lemon and saffron, alongside a range of flatbreads with toppings such as Iberico hamn, sobrassada, manchego and sun-dried tomato. Also, for those who love a post-night out kebab, how about a super classy version? Kebabs will be served with house sumac, red onion and coriander salad, alphabet’s harissa, hummus and pickles too.
So, sacrifice Netflix for a night (I know, it’s hard) and get yourself to Alphabet for a night of beats, Mediterranean sharing plates and 26 alphabet-based cocktails to be enjoyed in no particular order.
Alphabet has re-opened at 56 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NY, www.alphabet-bar.co.uk