Once I booked a desk on the intriguingly named POTUS, I used to be half anticipating to stroll by means of the door and be greeted by a large inflatable Trump child, or on the very least a “Make America Nice Once more” slogan.
This, in fact, is as a result of POTUS stands for “President of the Unites States”. Whereas the time period has been round for many years, it has turn out to be notably fashionable within the period of Donald Trump because of his voracious use of the time period on social media.
Nonetheless there’s not a Trump reference to be discovered at POTUS Bar & Restaurant, which types a part of the Crowne Plaza at London’s 10 Albert Embankment.
On this case, the time period pays homage to the fun of human interplay: it was first coined within the 1890s by telegraph operators within the US, and represents the start of mass private communication.
The idea is old-school American glamour with a really English twist. Black and white photos line the restaurant partitions depicting numerous American presidents with the Queen. A comfortable hearth separates the restaurant from the bar space, which resembles one thing out of the jazz age, with its magnificent raised cocktail bar within the centre of the room. Low lighting, a glittering chandelier and black furnishings full the look.
A piano is tucked away within the nook and diners can take pleasure in stay music each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – anticipate jazz, blues and even some trendy tunes if the environment requires it.
Foods and drinks
Nice care has been taken with the cocktail menu at POTUS. Every cocktail was created with a unique American president in thoughts. Attempt the Teddy Smash “Hat Membership” made with Cognac, Bourbon, home made sugar syrup and mint, which is impressed by Teddy Roosevelt’s love of the Mojitos. Or maybe you ‘d desire a JFK & Mary – it’s mentioned he had many lovers in his life however just one ardour: the Bloody Mary. This unique take mixes rye whiskey, contemporary basil, cherry tomatoes and candy vermouth.
For sure, there is no such thing as a Trump themed cocktail but – maybe becoming given he’s teetotal (my suggestion for an orange themed cocktail was met with a raised eyebrow). However phrase on the road is that there’s a brand new martini primarily based cocktail on the town that may reference President Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
The restaurant was opened simply over a yr in the past and has just lately launched a model new menu following the appointment of recent Head Chef, Chef Ruaraidh Campbell. He educated in Glasgow and was promoted to Head Chef at POTUS in Might 2019, having moved to London just some months earlier than.
The brand new menu options unique takes on a choice of American classics similar to clam chowder and mac & cheese. Most of the dishes have a British twist: the clam chowder incorporates new potatoes, celery and carrot whereas the mac & cheese is infused with truffle oil.
The signature dish at POTUS is the contemporary baked bread with smoked butter and maple syrup. It’s mouth-wateringly scrumptious and we even requested if we might take a small jar dwelling with us.
For our Starters we tucked into pan seared scallops with cauliflower purée, and London-NY Scorching Canine, which resembled a elaborate vol-au-vent with scrumptious blobs of home ketchup and candy mustard. The scallops have been cooked to perfection and have been satisfyingly plump.
For the principle course I sampled the vegan choice: cauliflower steak with cashew purée and Chimichurri. The cauliflower is roasted in rapeseed oil with a little bit of miso to make the color, after which cooked with cashew butter.
It was deliciously seasoned and surprisingly filling, though I like to recommend ordering it with a aspect of child carrots of discipline mushrooms to jazz it up. My eating accomplice was happy together with her POTUS American type fish and chips, which got here with candy potato fries, roasted corn and gumbo dip.
Our meal was accompanied by a scrumptious glass (or two) of 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from the Caythorpe Wine Property in Marlborough, New Zealand. POTUS is the one restaurant in London which presents this wine on the menu, and it’s definitely well worth the £10.50 per glass.
We have been too full to attempt desserts, however we have been instructed the Banoffee Bomb with banana mousse and Dulce de Lece is an actual winner.
For those who’re in a rush or internet hosting a enterprise assembly, you may tuck into the limitless salad bar for £18. There’s additionally a particular lunchtime menu to go with the salad bar that includes dishes similar to grilled minute steak and Scottish fillet of salmon.
POTUS is a cultured venue with a terrific vibe and charming employees. I actually loved the unique tackle basic American dishes, and the smoked maple butter was to die for. I’ll be again!
The closest tube station to POTUS is Vauxhall (Victorian line) after which it’s a 9-minute stroll. The restaurant is situated on the bottom ground of the Crowne Plaza Lodge.