It’s all-change at Searcys as the bar launches a new ‘bubbles and balls’ menu.
Who would have thought it? A champagne bar we could actually afford to go to on a daily basis has emerged. Well, the bar and Champagne has always been there but a fresh Italian injection to the food and drink menu has made Searcys at One New Change a much more accessible destination.
It’s now all bubble and balls (Cham-balls doesn’t quite have the same ring) galore with more Italian serves on the side, and all things considered, it’s very reasonably priced. Enjoyed amongst sleek interiors with grey slate walls and aqua, copper and monochrome tones, this place oozes industrial-come-luxe appeal.
The step-by-step food menu is simple but efficient – just pick your meat, followed by the sauce and then your choice of carbs. The toss-up between a neat bowl of pasta (£9) and a hands-on ciabatta (£8) is easily made if you value what you’re wearing.
With the meatballs, choose between punchy beef or slightly milder beef and pork balls. Either way, the meat is well seasoned and wonderfully moist, inside and out. There’s potato gnocchi as a vegetarian option too and should you want to include a few more flavours, you can add a choice of toppings that include artichokes, anchovies and prosciutto at £1.50 a pop.
Sauces come in the form of pesto, tomato and basil, and tomato and pancetta – the latter of which adds a hint more saltiness which either breaks up the beef or enhances the beef and pork meat – there’s no going wrong really.
When opting for pasta, there’s a further choice between egg-based, wide and tube-like paccheri, and wheat-based, small and twisty trofie. Both come perfectly al-dente. You needn’t worry about feeling underwhelmed by portions either as servings of both meat and pasta are generously made.
Thirst needs are obviously well-catered to, from a house champagne cuvée brut (from £9.50) to a Bollinger La Grande Année 2005 (from £23) served by the glass. Cocktails are also available – there’s a lively and endlessly drinkable Cocchi Rosa concoction with tonic water, balsamic vinegar, basil and black pepper, and for those whose sweet tooth has no limit, a Dolin dry vermouth with violet liqueur, lemon juice, elderflower and Domaine de la Renaudie white wine. Vermouth features prominently with a dedicated ‘Vermuteria’ bar. Best enjoyed on ice, have a sip after your meal to finish on a sweet note.
Searcys, One New Change, Cheapside, London EC4M 9AF