IN&OUTTONIGHT 30 Wednesday, 11 November 2009 London Lite STAR RESTAURANTH Alexandra Burke at Pearl Illhave Retrococktailbarsare springingupallover town.Heresourpick... ROASTED VEGETABLE AND GOATS CHEESE CROUTES Serves 4 l4 slices Warburtons seeded batch or wholegrain l50g butter, melted l1 red pepper, diced l1 yellow pepper, diced l1 courgette, sliced l12 cherry tomatoes l1 tbsp olive oil l4 thick slices goats cheese lBasil leaves, to garnish Brush each slice of bread with melted butter and place on a baking sheet. Put all veg in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil. Bake bread 8-10 mins. roast the veg 15-20 mins. spread the roasted veg between bread croutes on baking tray and put goats cheese on top. return to the oven for 1-2 mins to start to melt cheese. serve immediately. CHILLED WINTER FRUIT LOAF PUDDING WITH CRANBERRIES Serves 4 l2 slices of Warburtons fruit loaf l1 tbsp dried cranberries lFresh cranberry juice lBrandy (optional) sPrinkle cranberries in the base of a ramekin dish. Tear the bread, place on cranberries. Mix brandy with cranberry juice and pour over the bread, press down into the mould. Chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge before turning pudding out on serving plate. bread!1ingredient2ways PEARL RESTAURANT & BAR 252 High Holborn, WC1, 020 7829 7000, eXeCuTiVe chef Jun Tanaka started out in the kitchen of le Gavroche when he was 19 and further honed his talents in French cuisine under Marco Pierre White at The Oak room. WHO The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, right, was seen showing off her new tattoos to two adoring male friends! WHO ELSE Colin Farrell, Dannii Minogue, Abi Titmuss and Vivienne Westwood all love it here. AMBIENCE Old-school glamour, such as chandeliers made from more than a million hand-strung pearls. BLENDING IN Might we suggest wearing diamonds to complement the crystalline gemstones inside? WHAT TO ORDER Maldon rock oysters with risotto, followed by venison loin with liquorice, figs, pears and elderberry jus. Finish with caramelised apples with caramel mousse and thyme ice cream (three courses, 55). WHAT TO DRINK Try a cosy hot cocktail (11.50), such as Winter snug (Tia Maria, Meukow liqueur, double cream, Jivara chocolate and hot milk). BEST TABLE Private and discreet table 27. NEXT BEST THING Apsleys, 1 Lanesborough Place, SW1, 020 7333 7254, Glamorous: the chandeliers are made from hand-strung pearls I s it the recession making us reach for the gin bottle or have we been watching too much Mad Men? Either way, Londoners are developing a pas- sion for real drinks. the latest hit bars offer classic cocktails (last in favour half a century ago) and vintage surrounds in which to sip them. From Prohibition speakeasies to beatnik Fifties dens, these bars channel the past to create dramatic destinations worth dressing up for. so wherever you go tonight, make yours an Old Fashioned! BourneAnd Hollingsworth WHO can resist PG tips served in delicate china cups? Although, at 6.50 a pop, youll be pleased to know the tea syrup comes with orange zest, lemon and a slug of Monkey shoulder Whisky. B and Hs cool is founded on a respectful rather than ironic channelling of the twenties, with granny furnishings (chintzy wallpaper and lace tablecloths) and a twenties- and thirties-inspired cocktail list. Gin Fizz (lemon, soda, gin and sugar), as drunk by many a silver screen vamp, and Old Fashioned (bourbon and bitters over ice), both 6.50, feel so right just now. the bars famously over-subscribed Prohibition night (next one is this saturday) sees cute boys with trilbies and latter-day flappers Charleston the night away. Coming soon: absinthe nights! 28 Rathbone Place, W1 (020 7636 8228) Barts WE knOW what the Prohibition looked like -- we saw some Like it Hot and lip- synched to Bugsy Malone. But weve never seen a silver screen speakeasy quite like Barts, the -- shhh! -- secret Prohibition bar on sloane Avenue. the hodgepodge of design influences -- Mickey Mouse wall- paper one minute, Eighties movies the next, may not be true to the era but it has an endearing daftness unto itself. Partygoers get in character on arrival to be ushered in through a discreetly marked entrance to a minuscule venue enlivened by bric-a-brac, twenties jazz and bright young things in wigs and boas. Cocktails such as the Purple Prohibition (vodka, Chambord, prosecco) are even served in teapots, Prohibition-style (45). Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3 (020 7581 3355) 69ColebrookeRow tOny COniGLiArO does for cocktails what Heston Blumenthal does for food. sure, he can do you a G&t or a Manhattan, but how much more interesting to try his molecular mixology-style dry martini with extra-dry essence made from distilled grape seeds, or a somerset with apple cider, brandy and a hay-flavoured bobbing apple? the tiny islington venture embodies the spirit of a Fifties italian cocktail bar without ever veering into naff pastiche territory. the bartenders are impeccably turned out (tony even wears a dicky bow), jazz plays on the piano and the mayhem of Upper street feels a long way away. House cocktails are 8. 69 Colebrooke Row, N1, (07540 528593) TheLastDaysOf Decadence sAtUrdAy night is retro night at shoreditchs Last days Of decadence. the bar has all the marks of a 21st century by hilary armstrong in AssOCiATiOn WiTh index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html