Kamique Bar – Cock-cock-cock-tails WC2N

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Friday night – the music booming, the people buzzing, and I am soon to be bouncing. I’m at Kamique bar, one of the newest additions to St Martins Lane. If you’re anything like me, the idea of going into Leicester Square on a Friday night may seem extremely daunting. Apart from having the standard Friday night crowd blocking your way to the bar, you also have the tourists, the stags, hens and the (insert something offensive) people that you need to elbow past. Kamique appears to be a secret for many of those groups. Don’t get me wrong, this place was packed, but that’s probably more down to the fact that it’s an ideal place to start your evening, than anything else.

We got there just before 7pm, entering what first seemed to be an ordinary bar, but then we were taken further back into the venue into a velvet cladded side section. This boudoir-like room was far away enough to be able to sit back, talk to your friends without having to shout, but still close enough to make you feel like you’re still a part of the party.

 

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The extensive cocktail menu has everything from the classics to more unique concoctions, so the man and I decided to have different cocktails in order to try as many as we can – all in the name of good journalism of course! Being the sucker I am for anything passion fruit related, I started off with the Flaming Passion Fruit, a sweet mojito topped with a passion fruit boat set alight.

DO: Pour the rum that’s been set alight in the boat into your drink after you’ve blown out the flame

DON’T: Try to eat any fruit left in the boat that has just been soaking in rum and burning for 5 minutes. (Seriously, it is not nice)

 

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The man opted for an English Summer- a Pimm’s and Mojito hybrid, with a refreshing flavour of elderflower. As I watched him drink this fruity drink whilst sit-dancing to a Rita Ora remix the DJ was spinning I thought it’s best to move on to food before all my thoughts about his manliness were disproved.

Starting off with the Homemade Duck Spring Rolls, the pastry was light and crunchy, filled with a generous serving of duck and a rich hoisin sauce.

 

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The Marinated Chicken Skewers, hit the spot for me. Grilled, juicy and topped with a sweet chilli sauce, these skewers had flavour infused throughout.

 

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Although I typically opt for the meatiest, most carbtastic dishes on the menu the King Prawn and Mango Salad, was too tempting to resist. The sweet and savoury medley of goats cheese, caramelised walnuts and baby leaves it was served with made it a hearty salad.

 

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The man, winning back a few macho points, tucked into the Sirloin Steak, served with a generous basket of sweet potato fries which we asked for instead of the chunky chips it is usually served with. The steak wasn’t on the larger side of the scale, but cooked well enough, making us wish there was more of it to coat in the pepper corn sauce it came with.

Deciding it is needed to cleanse our palates, we opted for a Strawberry Madness and The Mexican. The Strawberry Madness reminded me of a daiquiri, warm summer nights and a man named Ca…ehm…moving on. The dominant strawberry flavour most definitely helped in the quick consumption of this tongue tickling delight.

The Mexican is a tequila based mojito that packs a few punches. The muddled mint takes the edge off the tequila adding a much appreciated fresh note to the drink. Both drinks were served in jars, which makes everything taste better if you ask me!

We chose to have our dessert in liquid form finishing the night off with the Kamiquitini, a potion made with raspberry vodka, Fraise de Boise, cranberry and garnished with cucumber. A cocktail worthy to be named after the bar, this drink was delicately balanced between sweet and sour.

Overall, Kamique is an excellent place to start an evening, end an evening, or staying there all night long. I would come here more for the drinks rather than the food, but with that said, the meals we ate were of great bar-quality giving you the energy you need to last all night. The cocktails were playfully innovative and worth the short wait you would have to endure at most busy bars in London on a Friday night. The thing which sets Kamique apart from other bars is giving guests the option to sit in the busier front part of the bar or in the back so you can engage in deep discussions about life, politics and other cocktail-fused conversation topics.

Honey Kohan

KAMIQUE BAR
63-66 St Martins Lane
WC2N 4JS

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