Since Hello Sailor closed at the beginning of the year, I have been super keen to visit Lewis Jaffrey ( The Baxter Inn, Frankie’s Pizza and Shady Pines) and Jared Merlino’s (The Lobo Plantation) newest venue, ‘Big Poppa’s’. Sadly, every time I have attempted to get in, the line has either been super long or it has been heaving with people. On this occasion though, I wondered over around 5pm on a Friday after work with a good friend and managed to grab a seat as soon as we got there- happy days.
Upstairs of this venue is an Italian restaurant. Beautifully decked out with white brick walls, deep blue leather seats, marble topped tables hosting an array of flickering candles and last but not least, a very delectable looking sharing menu. Nom nom nom.
Downstairs is a pretty well stocked cocktail bar. As you walk down to winding staircase, you are greeted by an incredible mosaic of The Notorious B.I.G gazing up at your from the middle of the floor. Word is, that once the night draws in, this area turns in to quite a decent dance spot- I like the sound of this muchly.
So, the main reason why I’m here is to drink some rum. As I only have time for one drink, I have to chose carefully. Casting my eyes over their cocktail menu, I spotted a cocktail called ‘Winter solace’. A splash of Bacardi 8 aged rum, spiced apple and bitters just screams ‘DRINK ME!’ all over it. So I ordered and waited in anticipation. What turned up was a beautiful peach coloured cocktail that was garnished with a dehydrated slice of apple- love at first sight. Taste wise, it was indeed very yummy, but I felt like it was missing something? This cocktail was very nicely balanced, not too sweet and not too spicy, but I just couldn’t help but feel that they could have topped it off nicely with something else.
On my way back home, I was still trying to figure out what would have taken this cocktail from being a nice cocktail to an incredible cocktail and I think I figured it out. What would have been amazing (and feel free to correct me if I am wrong), would be to have a cinnamon and sugar crust around the rim of the glass, just to add some jazz to it! The cocktail itself does not need to be changed, but adding a sweet layer to the glass would have added another layer to it which would have blown my socks off!
Either way, it was still a yummy drink that I would order again.