07:31 PM March 25, 2022
7:45 p.m. March 25, 2022
“The rakes have a song in their hearts, and their smiles reveal it – be recklessly happy.”
So goes a life guideline set by the fictional character whose lavish lounge bar, Rake’s, at the five-star Andaz Hotel in Shoreditch is named after.
Its new sushi and champagne menu certainly inspires feelings of carelessness and bliss – after all, champagne is scientifically proven to go straight to your head and get you drunk – fast.
In the opulent setting of Rake’s Parlour, seated on a cobalt chaise longue, my friend and I shared a bottle – which starts at £70 for a Veuve Clicquot and goes up to £300 for the Ruinart Magnum.
Meanwhile, the sushi is top quality and handmade to order at the hotel’s sushi restaurant, Miyako.
Its chef, Kosei Sakamoto, created the simple menu that focuses on fresh, simple and authentic dishes, and worked with suppliers to hand-select high-quality, ethically sourced fish.
Items are sold individually from £3.50 for a single piece of sushi or sashimi. Meanwhile, a platter like the Miyako special – which includes nine nigiri, one maki and one roll of uramaki – costs £26.50.
Rake’s Parlor is both casual and luxurious with style.
Relaxing in its cavernous surroundings, with red velvet tablecloths and gilded mirrors against a backdrop of funky, ambient music, I can’t think of a better place to do it all and enjoy the decadent duo.
The mid-17th century word “rake” referred to a fashionable or wealthy man of immoral or promiscuous habits – but the modern version the hotel imagines of its clientele – typified in its menu – is apparently “probably wealthy, of all genders, and resolutely fashionable”.
“Without embarrassment, without shame, they’re never afraid to tell you what they think, or show you how it’s done,” they add.
After a few glasses of champagne, as inhibitions give way, it becomes easier to live life on the terms of the Rake – and the night was certainly unforgettable.
The Champagne and Sushi menu is a perfect choice for a get-together or after-work with friends, a celebratory occasion or for the ultimate romantic evening.
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Andaz, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN.