It’s called Hello Darling, but feel free to welcome it with your platitude of choice.
If you like the lavishly-designed interiors of sketch, but think it could be a little more OTT, then you’re probably going to like Hello Darling. A fabulously floral spot opening on May 1st, this new restaurant invites guests to dine “inside a work of art” – and they’ve drawn in some seriously creative talent to make it happen.
The brainchild of outlandish set designers Darling and Edge, arts venue The Vaults (see Vaulty Towers for their preferred style), and former Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman, Hello Darling will certainly be a sight to see. Promising a labyrinth of imaginative rooms, Hello Darling will be decorated with lion heads, hand-painted furniture, frescoed ceilings, and delicate butterflies. In other words, just the perfect amount of Too Much.
Guests are invited to treat it as a glamorous house party, whether you’re posing on the kitchen counter, or necking drinks in the bathtub (hey, we’ve all been there). That’s sure to work up an appetite, so thankfully the Coleman-designed menu of floral small plates will keep you fed. Think harissa quail with pearled cous cous, sumac, and yoghurt, and slow-braised lamb with butterbean and nettle pesto, and then start salivating.
It all skews towards the botanical, which extends to the cocktails. I’ve got my eye firmly fixed on the rosemary and apricot caipirinhas, with the honeysuckle gin fizz running it a very close second. In fact, with all this deliciousness on the menu, there’s only really one thing to say to Hello Darling: welcome home!
You’ll find Hello Darling at 131 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UR, from May 1st.
Also published on Medium.