The Retiring Room | An Underground Indian Cocktail Joint
Last Updated: 29th November 2019
In terms of your career, retiring seems like the last thing you’d want to do.
In terms of your evening however, it’s now going to be your first.
Because Bombay Bustle have opened up a moody, subterranean cocktail bar below their acclaimed Mayfair restaurant, and it’s modelled after the casual lounges at India’s many train stations – a.k.a. retiring rooms. Something that seems all the more appropriate given that the upstairs restaurant is modelled after an actual vintage train carriage, with curving art deco lines and Wes Anderson-esque pastel hues.
Head downstairs, and you’ll find the bar itself sitting at the end of a long room, lined with deep burgundy leather-clad booths, and a warm timber-panelled ceiling. In keeping with the restaurant’s charming aesthetic, they’ve made sure it’s quite pretty too, with nestling it within wine fridges, and lighting it with wrought iron chandeliers.
On the menu, the cocktails include both classics (made with their own little twist) to house originals: their Collins involves sloe gin, St. Germain, homemade plum syrup, and paan liqueur, which is made from the betel leaf (prized in Southeast Asia for its psychoactive properties). The Pearl of Bombay blends vodka with passionfruit and an edible pearl garnish, while their jet-black Incognito has rum & ginger darkened with activated charcoal. Which we’ll assume means it’s good for you.
Of course, like any decent bar/Indian restaurant, there’s a menu of light bites to help stabilise all the booze, including crispy Bombay fried chicken; some aromatic curry patta prawns; and some spiced, smashed & fried potatoes called aloo tuk.
After all of which… you’ll want to retire back home.
NOTE: The Retiring Room is open daily. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Underneath Bombay Bustle | 29 Maddox Street, W1S 2PA
Like fancy train-inspired restaurants? Uhh, have you been here?