Ryan Chetiyawardana, or Mr Lyan as he’s also known, is a cocktail connoisseur like no other… winning accolades with every bar he opens around the capital. Dandelyan is perhaps his more celebrated and accessible bar, found within the stylish riverside Mondrian hotel and serving up pretty, innovative drinks and intriguing reinventions of the classics.
The sophisticated bar is located on the ground floor of the hotel, with tables overlooking the River Thames. It is a vision of moody hues, with a dark green marble bar and pale pink leather chairs. The staff are knowledgeable and well informed, and brought over the Botany inspired menu to us immediately, carefully explaining each concoction.
The menu guide book, which is currently on its 4th edition, lists drinks in terms of light and rich, recommending the ideal time of day to drink them. We started with the ‘Rocks Off Manhattan’ and ‘Sweetheart Sazerac’ before moving on to the ‘Koji Hardshake’ and ‘Forty Coin Fizz’.
Our overall favourite was the ‘Rocks Off Manhattan’ a strong but smooth mix of Rusted Copper Dog Scotch, chokecherry grenadine and pine nut vermouth. The drink was rich but also had a fruity, nutty flavour… a delicious start (or end) to any evening. The ‘Koji Hardshake’ is one of the Dandelyan Classics, which has remained on the menu for a while. An unlifting short drink with Dewar’s 12yo Scotch, lemon, koji and cream sugar and liquorice bitters. For something a little lighter opt for the dry and fizzy ‘Forty Coin Fizz’, a gin based cocktail with ginko leaf, lemon and “silver apricot”.
The bar food menu has a short but tempting offering of snacks. The Sea Containers Flatbread with Kale, Truffle and Chestnuts was an indulgent hit. I’d also recommend the salty bitter Padron Peppers and the moreish Mondrian chips with garlic and chilli aioli.
Whether you are popping in for a quick afterwork tipple or date night drinks, Dandelyan has got a cocktail to suit every occasion and every palate.
More information and book a table at Dandelyan here.