Four Degree, a Japanese-French fusion restaurant with the UK’s first Macallan Whisky lounge, has opened at St George Wharf.
I tagged along for the media launch of this conceptually quirky but undeniably upscale and luxury-oriented riverside venue and was impressed with what I saw and tasted.
Food was mostly of the canapé/nibbles variety. So bite-sized versions of foie gras teriyaki and Wagyu sirloin with ponzu sauce and an assortment of sushi were all wolfed down gladly and enticed enough to have me craving another visit for a full on sit down dinner soon.
Drinks flowed more freely and inspired greatly. I loved the cocktails I sampled. Most deliciously noteworthy and memorably intriguing was the Mai Taiko (Cor Cor Japanese Rhum Agricole, Bumbu Ron, Matcha Green Tea infused rice milk, Japanese falernum, yuzu juice, and house made chocolate and tonka bean bitters, £14).
The restaurant has an opulent air to it best enjoyed from the balcony seating on the first floor or nestled in the Macallan Whisky lounge, also on the first floor, surrounded by its display of old and rare bottles of mostly single malts.
There’s a promise of art being another key factor at Four Degree. On the night of the media launch, Tibetan monks were on hand creating mandala sand paintings. Not your typical sight in Vauxhall to be sure!
So yeah – an unusual and unusually good place for food and drink steps from the Tube (Vauxhall Station): win!
Four Degree is located at 2c St George Wharf, SW8 2AZ. Find out more at fourdegree.co.uk.