SOMA is the namesake of two things:
1) The Hindu moon god, who had 27 wives (each of whom got mad at him for not giving them enough attention), and who was personified by an ancient ritual drink that was probably made from a psychoactive plant of some kind.
2) A forthcoming Soho cocktail joint.
We’re here to talk about the latter. It comes to us from the two gents behind Kricket, Rik Campbell & Will Bowlby. If you don’t know it, Kricket is a stylishly convivial trio of restaurants serving creative Indian small plates with British ingredients. And, importantly, they also happen to have a great cocktail programme.
They’ll be taking over the spot right next to their Soho restaurant, and the plans are looking quite impressive. The main space will have a gigantic, 9 meter steel bar slapped right in the middle of it, with 23 seats lining it, as well as a separate lounge bar off to the side.
On the menu, they’re sticking with the tried & tested Kricket philosophy of fusing East with West – the Margarita will have chaat masala in it; the Old Fashioned will be made with jaggery and coconut; the martini includes some lightly pickled mooli and fennel oil; etc.
In true speakeasy fashion the food will be restricted to nibbles – one confirmed dish will be stack of Indian crackers made from leftover restaurant rice, with a little yoghurt to dip in. And also in true speakeasy fashion, current plans are to keep the place open until 3am.
The moon god wouldn’t have it any other way.
NOTE: SOMA is set to open in September. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on their social media right HERE.
SOMA | 12-14 Denman St, W1D 7HL
Want to get a preview? Go to Kricket and order a cocktail…