It has taken a lot this Christmas season to get me into the festive mood; the excitement which had built up in me over the last few weeks melted away with the few snowflakes we had the good fortune to encounter this winter.
I completed my Christmas shopping well in advance this year and even wrapped and shipped all gifts to my family. I went ice-skating on a rooftop with breath-taking views of the city and fairy lights galore, and indulged in more cheese fondue than I should have. I watched “Elf”, “Scrooged”, “White Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”…I got excited and felt Christmassy for a while, but the feeling just wouldn’t last. So when an opportunity to visit “Sushi in the City” for brunch with free-flowing champagne at the Devonshire Club came about, I saw that as a sign!
Not being very familiar with the backstreets of Liverpool Street, we spent a few minutes walking up and down Bishopsgate, fighting off crowds on their way to the Old Spitalfields Market.
We walked through a little alleyway and found the entrance to Devonshire Club, a private members club in the heart of the City. The décor and ambiance were opulent and elegant, as one would expect from such establishment. We entered the lobby and were directed to the Seafood Bar, the home of the club’s new Saturday brunch offering. It was a large room with plenty of natural light, a DJ playing chilled “Ibiza style tunes” and a Christmas centrepiece adding to the holiday spirit.
‘Sushi in the City’ offers club members and guests the opportunity to indulge in a feast prepared by Chef Victor Klomu (formerly Sushi Samba). Klomu skilfully put together a sharing selection of some of the nicest sushi I’ve ever tasted.
We started with ‘Victor’s Sushi & sashimi bonanza’ and a selection of ‘Raw vegetables, truffle & ponzu dip’. Next arrived the ‘Roast pork belly, chilli & coriander ramen’ and ‘DC signature crispy duck & pomegranate salad’, which was prepared without meat for me, but still utterly delicious. Last but not least came the ‘Miso-blackened cod’, which was very tasty on its own, but I wished there was a little portion of rice accompanying it.
The service was faultless and friendly, we chatted to our waiters throughout the afternoon and discussed pretty much everything from food, to music to life philosophies. The champagne kept coming and every time I looked, my glass was miraculously full again. We even decided to do a little ‘La La Land’ style dance at Liverpool Street station on our way back and waltzed through the Westbound H&C line platform.
We had an amazing feast, plenty of bubbles and lot of fun, and definitely enough spirited merriness to make us feel Christmassy.
- The ‘Sushi in the City’ brunch is available on Saturdays between 11.30am – 3.30pm and is priced at £50 per person. Add free-flowing Prosecco at £15 extra or Champagne at £30 extra per person. For reservations call 020 3750 4545 or click here. Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD; Nearest station Liverpool Street.