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SoshoMatch Bar (London)

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2 Tabernacle Street, London EC2. tel = 0207 920 0701

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      28.03.2001 20:00
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      Last Friday lunchtime, I found a little bit of heaven in the middle of London! Really it's true! And it came in the form of the SoshoMatch bar. Luckily I was off work so after a hard night's cocktail drinking, I met a friend for lunch. Not being from London, I had a hard enough time getting to his office, so he chose the restaurant. As we arrived outside SoshoMatch I was very intimidated! The entrance is set quite far back from the street with big smoked glass doors and generally screams 'Too upper class and expensive!' at you. However, if you can make it through those doors, inside tells a very different tale. The place is quite large (apparently is has two floors although I didn't make it past the entry level) and is nicely but not too lavishly decorated. There are large leather sofas, leather chairs and wooden tables, or bar stools and round tables if you prefer. The lighting is subdued enough to hide your skin impurities but light enough to eat - I told you it was heaven! The bar was fairly busy with business types but there was still plenty of choice in seating. The menu is very extravagant in some respects, with each meal being a little unusual. For example the soup of the day was courgette. They also do a pasta of the day (wild mushroom on my visit) then various other meals ranging in price from around £6 upwards. I opted for the Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with fried tomatoes and green beans, due to my slightly delicate stomach. It really was a fantastic salad, with just the perfect amount of dressing and generous helpings of everything else. My friend went for the steak sandwich which although more expensive looked for all intents and purposes like it would have served two! The sandwich appeared to be a full loaf, alongside the chips and salad garnish! Admittedly I did have to help out with the chips...;) The service was quick, informative and friendly and we weren?t rushed in any way, nor did we have
      to wait too long. Also it was very warm when we walked in and the waitress immediately turned off the heater near us when we asked. The whole place does seem to be aimed at the 'trendy' end of the market but nonetheless has a very friendly atmosphere. I have been told that SoshoMatch is quite a popular cocktail bar and is also quietly famous for inventing new mixtures., some of the more renowned being their Thunderbirds inspired range. If you have a search on the internet for Dick Bradsell (who appears to be the main cocktail man from the bar) you will find all sorts of cocktail recipes. In summary the SoshoMatch bar is really fantastic for lunch, and by all accounts a good night spot too. They often have live jazz bands and such. The nearest tube station is Old Street (Northern Line) but it is easily reachable from Moorgate (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & city lines). There are also two more Match bars in London: Match EC1, 45-47 Clerkenwell Road and EC1M Match Bar, 37-38 Margaret Street, W1N Go and try one, you might like it!...;)


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