A Batman-themed fine-dining restaurant in London offers a chance to dine in style.
Gotham City of the DC Universe is more than just the home of Bruce Wayne aka Batman, and it is an enchanting world that draws you in and fascinates you. If you’re done with watching all the movies and touring the Warner Bros Studios movie sets, it’s time to put dining a la Batman on your itinerary on your next trip to London.
Batman is the inspiration behind Park Row, a new restaurant on Brewer Street in Central London. Set within the ballroom of a former hotel, the fine-dining establishment is the brainchild of James Bulmer, a well-known restaurateur, and created in partnership with DC and Warner Bros. This is a classy European restaurant – not one in which you will find a statue of Batman or memorabilia to take photographs with, nor will you be surprised by the bat logo being projected on a far wall.
Bulmer is quoted to have said that he wanted diners to be transported into the narrative of Bruce Wayne’s early years as Batman, in a space that is a real-life movie set and adult playground, more representative of the newest movie with the superhero, The Batman. Expect, therefore, a glamorous dining environment that is comfortable and with just a touch of comic book fun.
This floor is divided into five sections as a result of five popular aspects of Batman’s lore. In tribute to Batman’s beloved British butler Alfred, Pennyworth’s (above) is the entrance bar.
The neon-lit lounge area is called Old Gotham City (above), and recreates a seedy neighbourhood in that metropolis. The Penguin’s nightclub, The Iceberg Lounge, occupies the largest space, but Catwoman and Poison Ivy have their own areas. There is a 10-course repast served in the Monarch Theatre, the VIP section of the hotel, while the bathrooms are themed after the Joker and Harley Quinn. Some of the dishes on the menu – like Mulligatawny Soup and the rib eye steak – are Bruce’s favourites, while others – like the Joker Fish and I Am Fear – are inspired by iconic characters.
We particularly like the look of Kiss From A Rose (above), a dessert named after the scene in Batman Forever (1995), which has a vanilla custard tart with lychee ice cream and textures of raspberry and rose, garnished dramatically at your table with frozen rose petals.
Around 50 Easter eggs (“Easter eggs”) are also hidden around the restaurant for Batman fans.