Bar in Islington
Little Bat is the sister bar to London favourite, Callooh Callay. We headed North to this lovely bar in Islington and found a thoughtfully designed interior and friendly staff to welcome us. Comfortable seating, dark tones and shelves full of books, bottles and vintage mirrors make up the space. We stayed to try out the weekend brunch offering and of course, the cocktails.
Little Bat has a creative sounding cocktail list with some eye catching ingredients. We chose the Elevenses (£10) with McVitie’s Digestive Rumbullion, Tea, Fair Cacao, This arrived looking very much like a cup of tea complete with an amaretto creamy “milk” to add to your taste. It could not have been more suited for a brunch! The Earl 75 (£13) was a gin based number with Few Breakfast Gin, lemon vanilla syrup and veuve champagne. It had lots of bubbles and sharp flavours which was great if you love a good gin cocktail.
We began with the lemon and coriander olives (£3) and truffle popcorn (£2.50). The popcorn had a lovely coating of truffle oil and plenty of salt. They were great snacks to accompany the drinks. The beetroot hummus and zaatar flatbread (£7.50) came next. I usually have a rule of not filling up on bread before mains but this flat bread was an absolute exception. Smothered in zaatar spices that worked fabulously with the fresh beet hummus, it was a great starter.
Little Bat have a range of brunch mains depending on your mood (and hunger level). From granola to pancakes to chicken and waffles, the menu offers interesting choices. The pancakes I can seriously recommend – served with almond butter, strawberries, orange zest and mint (£7.50). Made with polenta and served with a good glug of maple syrup, they were melt-in-the-mouth soft and full of light summery flavours – perfect 10/10 for these. The chickpea & potato parmesan rosti was our second option with spinach, poached egg & hollandaise (£9.50). A nice carby number, perfect if you have a hankering for a nice filling brunch! The egg was perfectly runny and the rosti had great texture.
With so many places jumping on the brunch train and offering weekend brunch menus, it is nice to try a bar that takes the food just as seriously as their (very good) cocktails. The food is classic brunch dishes with flavourful ingredients that really pop. The prices for the brunch options are very reasonable and great for the variety and portion size you get. The cocktails are on the pricier side but for the variety of ingredients and unique combinations we feel they are justified and worth trying. There is also a bottomless option should you want to go all out (£25pp) and the venue is beautifully kitted out and has a lovely atmosphere.
East London Girl: Little Bat Bar
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