As sunnier climes creep up to finally drench London in a bit of well-deserved sunshine, we’re all hands on deck when it comes to the idea of a terrific terrace and a tantalising tipple. And, pandering to our post-work aperitif and glass-clinking dreams is the much-adored Dalloway Terrace; a venue that has really decided to play upon the theme of Leonard Woolf’s book, village in the jungle this summer. Offering up a ‘Jungle Lunch’ menu set amongst the flora and fauna of a re-imagined Sri Lanka, the terrace is steeped in gorgeous embellishments of giant banana leaves, tropical ferns and palm and bright bursts of fuchsia that will make for a real feast for the eyes… and the Insta feeds! The modern British menu is entirely new and allows guests to enjoy two courses in the space of 45 minutes in true express lunch style, meaning you can whip away from the office and replace your usual meal-deal mouthfuls with something far more delicious!
The terrace takes inspo from The Bloomsbury Set’s Leonard Woolf’s novel ‘The Village in the Jungle,’ and, aside from the absence of Mowgli and King Louie putting the world to rights, it really does don the appearance of a jungle in the city, making it an idyllic spot to enjoy a tipple or two after the work e-mail onslaught of the day.
So, what else can we expect you ask? Well, the Jungle Lunch menu, available from 12-3pm each day, sides with the overarching theme of Dalloway Terrace, caught in the roots of Leonard Woolf’s travels. Offered up will be a selection of plant-based highlights of Sri Lankan-inspired delights, including bewildering and current flavours of smoked jackfruit salad with lime and chilli dressing, or grilled asparagus with vegan hollandaise and truffle – yum! What’s more, the Dalloway Terrace team will be taking part in a Royal Park Run’s 10k this year to raise money for the recent Sri-Lankan atrocity, with all money raised rushing towards the Kind Hearted Sri Lankans charity – a true nod to the spellbinding country that issued the inspo behind this Spring’s Jungle theme.
The menu ricochets between lip-smacking vegan offerings and delightful desserts, illuminating the fact that this category of food doesn’t at all mean a sacrifice of flavour. The food interweaves earth-to-plate additions such as banana leaf sea bass and cauliflower steaks and daring desserts of coconut yoghurt panna cotta with spiced mango and tropical tuille – honestly, our appetites are through the roof just writing this. The menu, to be enjoyed in a bloomin’ marvellous setting, totally subverts the norm and makes firing up the Insta feed a given. It’s a location where #nofilter comes to life and food is so “delish” you’ll pop back at any chance you get!
Getting thirsty for the mention of a cocktail? Fear not. The spring cocktails also delve into Leonard Woolf’s travels in colonial Sri Lanka in the early 1900s and play with bold and utterly beautiful flavours such as Ron de Jeremy spiced rum with ginger syrup in the Jungle Old Fashioned and Glendalough rose gin with Limoncello Luxardo in the Colonial Garden – classic cocktails, eat ya hearts out!
There’s little else to say than if you’re a sucker for a floral feature and a hint of a holiday then Dalloway Terrace provides all the right feels. Spilling into Great Russell Street, a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road tube, you’ll dive away from the hustle and bustle of London if only for an hour or so and enjoy a moreish food and drink menu – #DallowaySpringJungle you are truly tree-mendous!
The Dalloway Jungle Terrace menu is available from Monday – Friday only, and the terrace can be found at 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN, www.dallowayterrace.com. Book now by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can support the Sri Lankan cause by visiting the GoFundMe page here
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