What should you use after Batman shampoo?
Speaking of whom… a large, immersive Batman-styled restaurant called Park Row has landed in Soho. In case you’re wondering, it’s an intriguing venture – the first from Wonderland Restaurants who have partnered up with Warner Bros, and who count Executive Chefs Karl O’Dell (formerly of Michelin-starred Texture) and Kim Woodward (100 Wardour/Savoy Grill) among their team. They even have an illusionist and mental magician on board, Chris Cox.
The Iceberg Lounge
The general idea is to recreate the sweepingly grand Art Deco vibe of early, old-school Batman, and bring Gotham city to life by drawing inspiration from its more notable residents, including The Penguin, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Catwoman and more. But to be clear, no-one is in costume. Actors won’t accost you. Waiting staff aren’t ‘in character’. Patrons who dress up will be turned away. It’s a less ‘in-your-face’ more ‘subtle attention to detail’ form of immersive experience. A fine dining, high end version of Gotham, if you will.
So what to expect? Well, walking in to the ground floor reception area, things will seem normal. A little too normal. Then, you’ll be surrounded by a specially designed mist and descend into the Batcave, entering into Pennyworth’s which is the first of the venue’s five separate areas (yes, five – the whole place is 18,000 sq ft).
Named after Bruce Wayne’s butler, Pennyworth’s is a plush restaurant & bar serving the likes of roasted Loch Fyne langoustines with lime, chilli & butter; a wild watercress risotto decorated with courgette flowers; or a Big Belly Burger (you may recognise that from the comics) loaded with short rib, maple cured bacon & applewood cheddar. Then to theatrically top it all off, there are desserts like “edible balloons” and “nitro ice-cream”. And the cocktails drowning all of this stretch from the whisky & honey combo The Bludhaven, to the rum/lime/banana blend Beyond The Gates.
Next door – and also serving the same main menu – you’ll find the other two restaurant spaces; The Iceberg Lounge is centrepiece by a giant penguin statue, with live ’30s-era music throughout the week, and then there’s the Rogue’s Gallery (main photo) where you can dine underneath famously stolen artworks.
Then we come to Park Row’s pièce de résistance: The Monarch Theatre. This is their 20 seater, tasting menu-only experience. The space has been decked out with floor-to-ceiling screens, and tables assisted by 360-degree projection mapping so as to create an overwhelmingly immersive experience. The 11-course meal will play out over three hours and in two ‘acts’, with a digital-theatrical accompaniment. You’ll get to eat the pearl necklace Bruce Wayne’s mother wore, plus wagyu steak, truffle, scallops, oysters and more. It’s a snip at £195 per head.
Old Gotham City
And finally, if you fancy a drink after all of that then you’ll be able to retire to hidden late night bar Old Gotham City, where they’re serving “clever cocktails”. Of course, we assume they know what goes into Batmans’s favourite drink…
NOTE: Park Row is open Tuesday-Sunday. You can find out more and reserve your table at the website right HERE.
Park Row | 77 Brewer St, W1F 9ZN
If you like this… there’s every chance you’ll love the bar hidden behind a bookshelf around the corner.