London’s Bermondsey Street has seen the opening of The Last Talisman Drinking House and Asian Grill.
The brainchild of restaurateur Eric Yu alongside industry names Dré Masso and Tim Ross- Watson, this newest addition to South East London’s eating and drinking scene is now open.
Think crafted cocktails from legendary mixologist Dré Masso – an extensive, affordable yet innovative menu created by Tim Ross- Watson (who brings his training from the Academy of Culinary Arts as well as 10 years living and working in Singapore) all sitting against an edgy and eye catching backdrop of modern art, currently housing an exhibition by the talented Maxim from The Prodigy.
The central bar and restaurant area, with its modern industrial ceilings and art-deco inspired furnishings, cab
host regular DJs and cater for up to 150 guests.
The Last Talisman serves a small plate-style food menu with a particular focus on skewered meat, fish and
vegetables cooked on a Japanese hibachi grill – accompanied by carefully curated but affordable wines, beers,
spirits and cocktails.
The British-Asian sharing plates on the culinary menu are the concept of Chef Tim Ross-Watson, who brings knowledge and experience from his 10 years of working in top kitchens across Singapore, to The Last Talisman’s table.
As part of a new rotating guest chef menu, The Last Talisman is delighted to be featuring four dishes from the legendary chef Ken Hom with prices starting from £4.50.
The dishes include a Bean Curd Satay, Mother’s Braised East-West Ox Cheek Bao, Grilled Sake Prawns and
Singapore Spicy Lamb Cutlets.
Ross-Watson’s texture-rich dishes include the ‘Mini XO Black Pepper Burger’, a dry-aged beef patty slathered in XO
pepper sauce with green onions and crispy shallots, and the ‘Mini Siu Mai Burger’ featuring pork, prawn and
Desserts include The Yuzu Meringue Cheesecake, a crunchy vanilla meringue, with yuzu curd and gel, rich cheesecake filling, burnt butter oat biscuits and sansho pepper.
Whilst a Super Soft Soy Panna Cotta, orange miso caramel, caramelized soybean and nectarine offers a unique Asian twist on a classic dessert.
The Brunch menu is available at weekends from 11am – 4pm (with a Bottomless cocktail option for 90 minutes)
with dishes starting from a reasonable £5.00 and is full of Tim’s take on classic weekend dishes, perfect
(and substantial enough) to share with friends or linger over, post-party.
Favourites such as Eggs Benedict and Avocado on Toast as well as vegan ‘Grilled Cheese’ made with crispy beancurd skin, mixed cheese, spicy tomato ketchup powder, thyme, nasturtium and cherry tomato or the light Potato Cakes with kimchi, crunchy salad and a warm miso chive vinaigrette.
The pièce de résistance is their signature Nasi Lemak – fried chicken or tofu with a coconut rice, sambal, crispy anchovies and peanuts, fried egg, cucumber and a spicy sambal made to one of Tim’s sought after
recipes picked up along his travels.
The launch art exhibition is from artist Maxim, who originally found fame in the legendary dance band
The Prodigy. His large-scale paintings are multi-layered mixed media powerhouses encased in resin,
which match the positive power and energised ethos of The Last Talisman.
Set in one of the capital’s coolest culinary locations, The Last Talisman is taking aim to throw an element of
refined fun into the current mix of award-winning restaurants, quaint cafes, hipster market stalls and romantic
dinner spots found in Bermondsey Street.
171-173 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW
020 8189 9546