North Clapham’s Ultimate Triple Threat – Fu Manchu

Hidden away, south of the river, in North Clapham you’ll find Fu Manchu at 15-16 Lendal Terrace. This dim sum and cocktail bar will allow you to be served from inside the belly of Fu Manchu, the famous Chinese master criminal introduced by Sax Rohmer in his early 20th Century cult novels. If you’re looking for a bar scene that will easily smooth into a nightclub then Fu Manchu will be your favourite new addiction.

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Once you enter this cave-like setting you’ll find a wall-length bar on your left, but just before that there’s a striking image of the legendary Fu Manchu himself. This artistic piece adds a certain graphic edge to the dramatic setting as the eyes of the master watch your every move. The smell of incense will ignite your desire to get lost in the past of Fu Manchu’s explosive criminal plots.

My favourite piece of furnishing would have to be the golden Buddha hidden away in the corner near some cosy seating. Everything about this setting screams mystery and drama, which is lit up under striking light installation created by Lighting Designer Louisa Smurthwaite. The specific aesthetic pieces dotted around the room aren’t overdone and the exquisiteness is in the small details, such as the subtle candles on every table. The raw brick work finishes off the setting as you revel and dance away under old railway arches.

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This joint is perfect for those looking to unwind after work in a friendly but buzzing atmosphere. The vibe can go from chilled to pumped as the DJs take to the turntable, and it also helps that the drinks live up to their namesakes. Each cocktail creation has been inspired by Fu Manchu’s shady associates and elaborate criminal plots. The variety on offer can be overwhelming but when you see how they are created and how skilfully the bar team handle the crowd, you’ll be wanting to try every single one.

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My favourite would have to be Yuzu-Zu for £8.50 and Lady Jasmin for £9. Yuzu-Zu is a heady combination of sweet Swedish Cariel Vanilla Vodka, Cointreau, tangy lemon juice, Angostura bitter and magical egg white shaken with yuzu tea paste. Yuzu is a rare citrus fruit from Japan which tastes like a mix of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. You can taste the burst of these flavours in the Yuzu-Zu but with more of a subtle twist- sweetened by Cointreau and the egg white creating a rich, creamy texture finished off with a beautiful foamy cap.

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The most elegant cocktail, named Lady Jasmin, is a floral twist on the classic white lady cocktail. It has been shaken up with sweet Jasmin syrup, Bombay Sapphire gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, egg white and Angostura bitters. The addition of Angostura bitters and Jasmin syrup transforms this cocktail, balancing its flavours and adding new dimension and depth. The egg white in Lady Jasmin gives way to an even foamier and thicker finish than the Yuzu-Zu, garnished with what looks like the petals of a Pansy or a similar flower.

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Another cocktail you must try is the Dragon Fruit Palamo, an infusion of Sauza Hacienda tequila, Cocchi Americano Vermouth and lime juice, garnished with a delicious pink and white dragon fruit. For something with more of a kick go for Smith’s Summer Spritz, a combination of Smith’s Spritz mix shaken with lemon and apple juice and fresh lime leaves topped with sparkling prosecco. Fu Manchu’s cocktails are made from Chinese tea infusions, Asian spices and exotic flavours.

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To complement their noteworthy cocktail menu is their Dim Sum selection. Take a bite into their steamed or fried savoury dumplings. I’d recommend the Sui Mai, which is a prawn and chicken open dumpling for £4 or the Har Gau for £4.50 which is king prawn dumplings in a sticky translucent skin. Remember to bite into your Dim Sum as soon as it arrives, as the flavour is at its best when heated. Your Dim Sum will arrive in cute wicker baskets to help keep the temperature.

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Head down to Fu Manchu every Friday night for the Yao Down Project with Jonathan Bestley and guests who will be bringing you the best in Nu Disco and Deep House until 3am. Every Saturday you’ll be able to loosen up to tech and deep house sets played by resident innovative DJs, Melvo Baptise, Russ Jay and Jedd Burry.

Fu Manchu is the ultimate triple threat, you’ll be eating delicious Dim Sum, drinking inspired and exotically flavoured cocktails, and dancing within what will feel like the villainous master’s very own den shrouded in mystery.

Fu Manchu Sneak Preview

Here’s a sneaky picture to get you thinking before I post the launch night write-up!  

 

Dear Change,

Are you for real this time?
You don’t stick around do you?
Why do you find me when I lose my smile?
Is this your best state of being?

Change, are you my friend?
You seem to come when I most need you.
Change, are you here to hurt me?
You seem to inflict a lot of pain to help me.

Change, you are quite the season,
In between spring, summer, autumn and winter.
You’re a constant always by my side,
I guess you’re my most trying companion.

Change, you are the reason why I keep growing,
Emotionally you know no bounds.
When I ask you if I’ll be alright,
You show me exactly how.

Paths To Take – Sienna

It has been more than a year since I was in this beautiful and peaceful location.  

 

The Best Kind Of Jewels – Rare Design

They are jewels and rocks,

Shoulders to cry on,
scraped knees to laugh at.
They are boulder carriers
And mischief makers.
They know when to stay,
They also know when to walk away.
They brighten up your life with their stories, laughter and incorrect grammar.
They know how you feel without a single whisper. 
They’ve been there through the thickest drenching rain,
Silently or in loud remarks.
They’ve been there when the sun’s shining on your life, 
Laughing along and making plans.
Best friends are easy to find,
But not you, you’re a rare design. 
Always and forever by my side. 

South Of France Adventures 

I disappeared to the South of France because… well, why not? 

Keep an eye out for the write-up on the beautiful villages.  

  

  

 

Today’s Quote #142

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

Today’s Quote #142

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Today’s Quote #141

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

Today’s Quote #140

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert