Dinings SW3 Special Gimlet Recommended for Early Summer in London|Suntory ROKU × Dinings SW3

Dazzling green of the Royal Park, blooming of the colorful flowers… outside is bright even after nine pm. The pleasant summer has come in London. The bar of Dinings SW3, a high-end Japanese restaurant located not far off Harrods, also has started its summer menu. The house special original gimlet is getting attention from Londoners.

Technique to Enrich Flavor of Craft Gin ROKU which Uses Selection of Japanese Botanicals

Since landed in UK last year, Japanese craft gin ROKU which includes six unique Japanese botanicals (sakura flower, sakura leaf, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sansho pepper, yuzu peel) has become a popular topic of conversation between London mixologists.  Christian Touria who’s active at Dinings SW3 said, “Compared to English gins, ROKU has moderate juniper berries and instead, delicate Japanese flavors like sakura and sansho pepper stand out more.”  In order to create summer menu, he infused the gin for 48 hours with lime, lemongrass, and ginger.  “ROKU tastes fresh and more flavory when lime is grated and pickled.”  Now, Haru Gimlet which uses the infused spirit is most popular drink at the restaurant.

Popular Special Gimlet Strikingly Aromatic of Fresh Lime

Eleanor Pellegrino , the floor manager of Dinings SW3

Gimlet, a gin cocktail with lime juice, became world famous overnight by being mentioned in Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled novel The Long Goodbye.  Dinings SW3 has arranged this short cocktail and named as Haru Gimlet.  “‘Haru’ means spring in Japanese. We have inspired from fresh ‘sunny days’ of spring through early summer,” says the floor manager of the restaurant, Eleanor Pellegrino.  “Lime extract from its peel adds body to the infused gin.  Also, the cocktail is full of freshness and coloured in pale light green.  Unique aroma of lemongrass stands out the character of the gin.”   Well-shaked gin becomes moderately mild and becomes mellow when mixed with ice and air.  “We add Elderflower cordial, and it makes perfect balance of just-right sweetness and citrus sourness.”

Haru Gimlet Recipe

65ml      lime, lemongrass, and ginger infused Roku gin
20ml     fresh lime juice
10ml     Elderflower cordial
some sugar syrup
*garnished with a dry lime wheel

Pair with Beautiful Presentation of Salmon and Yellowtail Delicate Sashimi Mosaic

“This summer, we are recommending Haru Gimlet to pair with our signature menu, Sashimi mosaic, a dish with salmon and yellowtail,” says Eleanor.  They use two most favored sashimi by locals, Scottish salmon and yellowtail which is imported from Japan.  Roll with yuzu-marinated Japanese daikon radish and have with vinaigrette sauce with yuzu and garlic as an accent.  Char (shark catfish) caviar and coriander cress are served as a topping.  Lime and yuzu flavor of the gimlet and also the infused lemongrass and coriander make sophisticated harmony.  “Dryness of Haru Gimlet together with lime cut the fat of sashimi.  There are customers who order Haru Gimlet throughout their dinner.”  Terrace tables in the courtyard on sunny days are recommended.  You can enjoy the Haru Gimlet made by ROKU, under the elegant parasol at open space surrounded by green with your close friends…. I guarantee you can enjoy the perfect summer day in London.

Dinings SW3

Dinings SW3

Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street, London SW3 2JH
+44(0) 20 7723 0666
[Lunch] Monday to Sunday 12:00-15:00 (last reservation 14:45) [Dinner] Monday to Wednesday 18:00-22:30 (last reservation 22:15) Thursday to Saturday 18:00-23:00(last reservation 22:30) Sunday 18:00-22:00 (last reservation 21:30)

Photographs by Shu Tomioka  Text by Yuka Hasegawa

更新: 2019年7月16日