JKS RESTAURANTS CONFIRM BRIGADIER LAUNCH FOR UNIQUE VENUE SERVING INDIAN BARBECUE – BEER – WHISKY – LIVE SPORT

London is one of my favourite spaces to be. I first fell in love with its heady nature – the bright lights in all its anti-social brashness – when I lived there during my formative years. This was back then when I wanted to be a fashion designer and had my sights set on Karen Millen HQ (more on that on a standalone post). And I know that I need to visit London more frequently; I am still dreaming of that Turkey Stack, the best Christmas sandwich I ever had at Fortnum & Masons what feels like aeons ago.

I have now found an additional excuse to patronise London – the hotly anticipated new restaurant by JKS Restaurants has come one step closer to launch.

Yes, JKS Restaurants has confirmed that it will launch Brigadiers, an Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern, at Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London next month (May 2018).

Inspired by the army mess bars of India where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise, Brigadiers will accommodate 140 covers internally with a further 34 on an outdoor terrace.

Encouraging socialising and camaraderie, live sport will be shown on demand in selected rooms, whilst pool and classic card games will be offered for those who wish to play while they eat and drink.

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Designed by Brady Williams Studio, Brigadiers will reference Indian art deco design, featuring a collection of rooms, each with their own unique identity and experience; while the atmosphere of each space will vary, the overall feel will convey opulence and familiarity reflective of Indian club culture.

Upon entering Brigadiers, the reception area will house Brigadiers’ resident shoe shine attendant, and will act as the gateway between Blighters, a restaurant and bar with booth seating flanking a central bar and sports screens and the more intimate Dining Room, which leads into The Tap Room and The Pot Luck Room.

Adjoined to Blighters and the Dining Room will be the heart of the ‘club’, The Pool Room, where a full-size pool table will be the main attraction, along with the Brigadiers whisky vending machine, and fast-pour self-serve beer taps. From there, corridors clad in custom tiles of rhino motifs and monkey bust alabaster wall lights will connect The Kukri Room and The Bidi Room, which will offer private dining spaces.

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Drinks will play a central role at Brigadiers, marrying together the food and the social spirit of the restaurant. Emphasis will be placed on beer with a monthly changing list of 10 beers on tap that showcase a range of styles from across the globe.

The draft beer will be served in 2/3rd ‘Schooners’ and ½ pints, which will allow guests to explore multiple styles of beer or share a preferred style between groups with 4-pint ‘Growlers’.

Brigadiers will be collaborating with British breweries to commission bespoke beers with a nod to India. The first of these will be a specially commissioned JKS Restaurants session pale ale beer entitled 4 th Rifles – a tropical citrus-led session pale ale, brewed in collaboration with the award-winning Thornbridge Brewery.

Beer and spirits will also be playfully combined in the signature Mango Shandy – fermented mango juice, ginger, topped with 4th Rifles pale ale. On-tap cocktails will include a Nitro Espresso Martini, which will be served like a milky stout, and a cask hand-pulled Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned. These will be complemented by a small list of seasonally changing, deco inspired cocktails and large serve champagne fountains and punches.

A lunch drink offering will feature low ABV beers and a low alcohol mixed drinks list using fresh fruits and vegetables, such as:

  • Mosaic Spritz {Aperol, Tropical Soda, Mosaic Hops, Prosecco}
  • Rhubarb Paloma {Tequila, Rhubarb Shrub, Lime Leaf, Grapefruit Soda}
  • All Day Bloody Mary Ketel One Vodka, Fresh Vegetable Juice, Tomato, Masala Spice Mix, Pickles

For those looking for something stronger, Brigadiers will showcase a carefully curated global whisky list that can be explored via a ‘Whisk(e)y flavour map’, split into four distinctive tasting sections: ‘Smoky’, ‘Delicate’, ‘Light’ and ‘Rich’.

Premium blends, special releases and rare malts will be available to purchase with a pre-paid top up Brigadiers card, where you will be able to dispense at leisure via a Whisky Vending Machine available within The Pool Room.

Pre-bottled whisky and soda cocktails will also be available from the Blighters bar, made with Johnnie Walker whiskies and paired with bespoke sodas, bottled and carbonated onsite, such as Johnnie Walker Green Label, Tobacco, Banana & Coconut Soda.

Methods of Indian barbecue cooking utilising tandoors, charcoal grills, rotisseries, wood ovens and classic Indian smokers will form the foundation of the food menu at Brigadiers.

This opens with a section dedicated to beer snacks, nuts and crisps created to go beyond the usual pub snack. To follow, Chotta Chatpata (translated as fiery small plates) eggs, paratha rolls, bun kebabs and paos will offer something a little more substantial for guests to eat alongside their drinks, with highlights from these sections to include:

  • Madras Mess Mix
  • Oysters Saagafeller
  • Chaat Masala Pork Scratchings, Smoked Roe & Fennel Raita
  • Cocktail Pig Cheek Samosa
  • Achari Masala Rump Steak Paratha Roll
  • Shellfish Pakora Pao
  • Goat Chapli & Smoked Bhuna Goat Bun Kebab
  • The Brigadiers Tandoori Chicken Club Sandwich – an Indian take on the British cult-classic

Finally, revolving around a sense of occasion and fun, group dining will be encouraged with a number of pre-order feast menus including dishes such as Whole Suckling Lamb Biryani.

It sounds like a super menu, I am especially looking forward to Shellfish Pakora Pao.

Further information on Brigadiers, including confirmed opening date and reservation lines, will be announced in due course, so do keep your eyes peeled.

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade City of London, EC4N 8AR www.brigadierslondon.com Follow on social: @brigadiersldn

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