The Folly is part of a small chain of bars run by Drake and Morgan. I love their places as they are a far cry from other identikit chain bars, each one feels as though it has its own distinctive personality. And they also have innovative, frequently changing cocktail menus, great if you like to try something new every time you come in; not so great if you get attached to one that gets ditched, as I did with the Berry Espresso Martini. If anyone at The Folly is reading this please bring it back!
We started off with a couple of cocktails, the Marshmallow Colada (£9.95). An interesting mix of Hoxton gin, marshmallow syrup, coconut puree, plum bitters and pineapple juice. I loved the kitchsy presentation in a fake pineapple with a parasol sticking out of the straw. My only quibble with this drink was that there wasn’t enough of it, there was so much ice the cocktail got a bit lost.
And the Mardi Gras star (£9.95), their twist on the classic porn star. Again I loved the little touches, like the fact that they put a teaspoon in your drink so you can scoop out the passionfruit. We had a little wait for our drinks, but I’m always happy to wait for a well-made cocktail and, frankly, I was just grateful to be getting table service and not having to fight my way through the crush at the bar. Tip: even if you’re just going for drinks, book a table, this place gets packed.
The dining area is a calm oasis and has lovely comfy seats. Way too many places these days seem to have deliberately uncomfortable seating to encourage you not to stay too long (Jamie’s Italian, I’m looking at you!). The Folly feels like a place you could linger. There is music, but it’s not at a level where having a conversation feels like a strain. Yeah you can tell I’m getting old, comfy chairs, not too loud music, this is the stuff my dreams are made of these days!
We ordered 2 flatbreads. Mine was the Borough Market flatbread, Brindisa chorizo, piquillo peppers, rocket & sun-blushed tomatoes (£10.95). It was as good as it sounded, the fresh peppery rocket perfectly balanced out the richness of the chorizo and it had a nice bite from some wholegrain mustard. When it arrived, because it looked so much like a pizza I kept expecting a crispy base when I bit into it but after a while I started to enjoy the softness of the flatbread.
Unfortunately, the second flatbread we ordered, the Peking Duck (£9.95), was not as successful. From its billing of crispy duck, hoisin sauce, cucumber ribbons & spring onion, I was basically expecting what you get in Chinese restaurants but with a flatbread instead of pancakes. What arrived instead looked like a stir fry plonked on top of a flatbread. The traditional accompaniments to crispy duck are well chosen, you need the freshness of cucumber and the bite of spring onion to cut through the fatty richness of duck. This just didn’t have that balance. Everything was also too greasy and sickly sweet from the hoi sin sauce that had been poured all over it. This feels like it needs more work. I would suggest that they put the sauce on the side so that people can add it to taste and make the salad elements more prominent.
If you have room, check out the puddings and, aptly named, liquid desserts:
So the Folly, great for drinks, but a bit hit and miss for food. I would go back for the cocktails, maybe just steer clear of anything that sounds like confusion rather than fusion food.
41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT
T: 084 5468 0102
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