Babel (which borrows its name from modernist Odessan novelist Isaac Babel) is a new restaurant located on Bruton Place in the heart of Mayfair. Inspired by the vibrant sounds and delicate salty air from the multicultural port towns of the Black Sea, Babel presents a menu enriched with fragrant dishes influenced by the region’s history.
The bar takes its guests on a surrealistic journey to the heart of the ‘Tales of Odessa’ (a modern spin on Babel’s famed 1931 short stories entitled The Odessa Tales). With an assemblage of evocative, seasonal cocktails inspired by the book’s protagonist – adventurous globetrotting gangster Mischka Yaponchik, the bar whisks you from The Americas (Bacon infused bourbon and maple syrup to tequila bitters), Bohemia (Beluga vodka, morello cherry purée and traditional Horilka) to the distant Orient (Sparkling sake meets citrus and delectable cherry blossom).
In the restaurant, fresh produce is delivered from the infamous Odessan Privoz, ensuring the finest quality seafood is used. Traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation are served generously in communal dishes and complemented with classic Eastern European liqueurs to recreate a gastronomically enhanced Black Sea food ceremony – where time does not exist and dinners drift off into the late evening.