Young Chelsea trotted down to sample the champagne and cocktail bar and we weren’t disappointed.
The waitress recommended the ‘Porn Star’ Martini – a cocktail unlike any I have tried before. The drink is served with an accompanying shot of Veuve Clciquot, so one alternates between the cocktail’s fruit bursts and bubbling champagne, achieving a satisfyingly refreshing overall effect. The added décor of the cocktails, (mine had a soothingly serene slice of passion fruit) make them worthy of admiration as well as anticipated taste-bud pleasure.
My companion had a watermelon martini which also contained a large slice of melon. I couldn’t help myself and had to steal a taste, although I still preferred my own fruity Porn Star.
The bar, though it was early mid-week, was full of festive revellers. Juju is the sort of place one goes to for pre-clubbing drinks and it accommodates for the suits and early evening drinkers alike as they have Veuve Clicquot champagne for £55 before 8pm (except for Saturdays) and wine-bottles for £14.50. To avoid disappointment, do book in advance as it can get very busy, especially at weekends.
If you are peckish the food menu is a real treat. The Asian cuisine finger food ranges from filo prawns to chicken samosas, and the steamed beef dumplings were definitely a favourite. We sunk giant shrimp crackers into the accompanying oils and sauces with glee.
Décor is typically low-lit and heavily mirrored, which radiates a seductive and sensuous classy style and suits the adventurous drinks.
The music was non-descript in true background music style; although it couldn’t keep a lone person riveted, it was at the right level and not as bolshie as other bars so it kept conversation following and the atmosphere vibrant. If I were to return I would try the sharing cocktails served in fishbowls with a magnitude of straws and tuck in to a bento box.
Juju is located at 316-318 Kings Road and is open Monday to Thursday from 6pm until 1.30 am and Friday and Saturday from 5pm until 2.30 am.