Spice Cream Parlour, Anise, Liverpool Street
Sugar and spice and all things nice seems to be the thinking behind this special ice cream and cocktail menu, available for the rest of July at Cinnamon Kitchen’s City branch. If you like alcohol, milkshakes and a touch of Indian allure, the open air terrace on Devonshire Square is a handy after work drinks spot.
Clever cocktail combinations infuse tall, fruity thirst-quenchers with Indian zing. Try The Spice Queen for a blend of vodka, mango juice, black pepper and chilli, or for seasoned palates, the Chilli Margarita has enough alcohol to kill a fish. Sate your hunger with retro-inspired ice cream sandwiches or from the regular bar menu, small plates of paneer cheese, grilled aubergine or Padron peppers. The star of the show is the Pistachio Colada – a heavenly blend of vodka, sake, lychee and coconut milk, served with a creamy kulfi dipper. Share with your date if you dare.
Meet at Liverpool Street after work and walk to Devonshire Square, a bustling courtyard of City drinkers tucked behind the Gherkin. Settle in on a wicker sofa and choose the drink that piques your interest, letting the flavours and conversation awaken your appetite. Head inside if you’re after a more intimate encounter, where low lighting and slow jazz will allow the evening to unwind. Order sharing plates for a more relaxed affair, or slip into the restaurant to enjoy succulent Indian nosh.
If the ice cream has well and truly broken the ice, hop across the road and up the Heron Tower for two delicious dinner options guaranteed to send pheromones rising. With its London panorama and sexy interior, Duck and Waffle is an excellent choice for a late night supper, or choose chopsticks and ceviche at flirtatious Sushisamba. Cool down on the 38th floor terrace, where the glinting London skyline might just give you a chance to kiss.
The chain’s décor isn’t winning any prizes but hey, you should be looking at each other.
Note: The Spice Cream Parlour is open until the end of July so get in quick.