Saturday, 15 February 2014

Valentine's Day - Drinks at Barts and dinner at Bo Lang

Cheesy as it may be, I love Valentine's day. I've always been in love with love! And now being engaged to be married to my lovely Mr Silver, it means even more to me. Mr Silver and I had been together for just over three years and we've had four Valentine's days together. Our first one we'd only been together for a month so we kept it very low key! I cooked for him at my flat, so maybe it was my fantastic cookery skills (!) that won over his heart. 

We always have a fantastic time together, so I look forward to any date that we go on! 

Being cursed with a perpetually frizzy fro, I usually start with a good blow dry.


If you're in London I would highly recommend the very capable hands of Sarah Louise at Daniel Hersheson. She is so fab, I've also asked her to do my wedding hair. 

I lay out my outfit and accessories.


Do you sense the theme here? 

And here's the finished product!


Mr Silver also looked very dapper in his new suit!


I was extremely excited by my Valentine's gift. Who wouldn't be excited by a box like this!


He's bought me a night of dinner and dancing at the Ritz! He's knows me so well!

'This will make a fantastic blog post' I said with delight!!

I'd read about a bar called Barts on two of my favourite blogs Cocktails and Caroline and Heroine in Heels, and I was keen to try it. Thanks for the recommendation ladies! 



Barts is cocktail bar / speak easy hidden in the the Chelsea Cloisters on Sloane Avenue. When you arrive you ring the bell and peephole slides open and the hosts decide whether or not to let you in!


The bar itself is like a tiny secret den of iniquity! Decorated with weird treasures and antiques and walls adorned with road signs it is an eclectic treasure trove. Painted red it feels very sexy and like you're doing something a bit naughty. I loved it!


A house of cards!


The menu is in this book.


The opium den




Kooky antiques!

The cocktail menu is as experimental as the surroundings. 

I started with a Nightingale's Kiss which contained Moet, jasmine, vanilla and mint. Mr Silver had a Charleston Crumble which contained vodka, rhubarb, pomegranate and vanilla. 


Both were deliciously drinkable! 

We also sampled the Wake Me Up, containing Vodka, ginger and sweet and sour. 



Barts also serves larger sharing cocktails which looked amazing, but I deemed too much for just the two of us. 

It was then on for dinner at Bo Lang just across the road. Although I love Valentine's day, I hate it when restaurants serve an over-priced set menu for the day, Bo Lang was our restaurant of choice because they were still serving the a la carte menu. Yay!


Bo Lang is an intimate dim sum house with a menu featuring traditional and experimental dim sum. The restaurant is small but stylish with wooden screens giving a feel of the Orient. 


Naturally we started with some dim sum.


I absolutely love dim sum! The words mean 'touch your heart' and these certainly did. We chose the chef's selection and each was a heavenly pocket of loveliness. 


Sichuan pepper tuna came next which was as perfectly light and fresh as it look!


Duck spring rolls. Well you can't really go wrong!


Soft shell crab, another one of my favourites!!


Sea bass with kow choi flower and Bo Lang sauce.

Bo Lang offer ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt for dessert. We virtuously chose the yogurt option but, by then quite tipsy, forgot to take a photo!

Bo Lang touched our hearts, the food was great and it's a lovely little place. A great alternative to the big hitters such as Hakkasan and Yauatcha. The intimate feel and the food that you share make it the perfect venue for a date night! 
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8 comments:

  1. Looking absolutely gorgeous hun, lovely VD outfit! I've never thought about having my hair done for a special occasion but yours looks so gorgeous I'm thinking maybe it's something I should consider in the future.

    The "Wake Me Up" cocktail sounds amazing, I'm obsessed with anything containing ginger at the moment.

    I'm very excited about your evening at the Ritz and the blog post to follow! Such a lovely, thoughtful pressie .. he's a definite keeper x

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    1. Thank you!! I know its cheesy to wear a red dress on Val day but I just go with it!! My hair is a real nightmare that I'm stuck in a permanent bad hair day! I'm better off leaving it to the professionals.

      The ginger cocktail was lovely, it hit just the right notes of bitterness with a touch of sweet. So refreshing!!

      Bless him, he did well with the present! I'm sooooo excited to go there!!!!

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  2. The Ritz Valentine's gift is lovely! Can't wait to see you post on that :)

    So glad you enjoyed Barts, I'm definitely going to head back there at some point. That seabass you had at Bo Lang looks so delicious. You look fabulous too, well jel of your hair! ;)

    I love the new look of your blog! Looking forward to your future posts :)

    Caroline x
    www.cocktailsandcaroline.com

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    1. I loved Barts!! The speakeasy idea is so cool, I liked that there was only a few tables in there and it felt really exclusive. Only a few people are let into the secret. Thanks for the compliments too!!

      I'm really happy with the look of the blog now! I just love watching it grow as I more. I hope you enjoy the future posts.

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  3. Wow. The Ritz sounds amazing as a present! You look absolutely stunning - your dress! Mr Silver also looks rather dapper. The food sounds incredible too! Filling but light in texture which I think always makes for a perfect date! Barts looks amazing. Love a cocktail before a date night! I'm sending you a tweet now btw about something tomorrow :)

    Katie <3

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    1. Yes!! I'm so excited to go, as its a Saturday I may not be able to go until after the wedding as our diaries are looking so full! Bless him, he was proud of the new suit we only got it a couple of weeks ago when we were buying his wedding suit. The food was really good but I just adore Hakkasan and I don't think I would stray from it! Now I look at the Barts menu again, we should have been more adventurous, oh well, I'll just have to go again!!

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  4. What a totally perfect wonderful day
    I'm in love with it all, pretty please can we be friends?
    I LOVE soft shell crab and order it everywhere! And Dim Sum is just the cutest ever, you've made me crave it for this weekend :D
    x x x
    p.s. you look stunning
    {The Lobster & Me}

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    1. OOOh it was so lovely!! Val Day is one of my favourite days! We went on the London Eye last year along with heart shaped nibbles, I didn't think we'd top it but this was wonderful! I love soft shell crab more than prawn tempura now!

      I love your blog too!! We surely must be friends, especially with such a nice compliment :) and I love lobster ;) Can't beat shellfish.

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