Swiping right, Ubering home, Tweeting your way through Game of Thrones; we’re living in a digital age. So when the chance to review a restaurant lands in my lap, it’s straight onto Instagram for a cheeky stalk. Flicking through Lost Society’s page, the recently revamped space was all neon signage, plush seating and leafy accents. Even the toilets looked like they were made for The Gram, with the addition of pink LED writing and flamingo wallpaper. But how would the improved menus match up?
Located in Battersea, Lost Society is outside my usual north London radius, but we headed south of the river for a Saturday night in real SW-style. A far cry from the sparse interior shots plastered on IG, the space was heaving with everyone from post-brunch imbibers to pre-drinkers awaiting the arrival of a late night DJ.
Taking a seat in the main room, we started off our cocktail journey with a couple of creative sips. The Battersea Back Garden (£9.50) was a refreshing combination of gin, chardonnay, apple acid and pear juice; while the Pineapple Daiquiri (£9.50) was a punchy take on the classic, switching regular rum with Plantation Pineapple for a tart tiki twist.
When it comes to food, expect everything from roast lamb to spiced bean burgers and burrata. We opted for pulled pork tacos (£6 for 2) and chicken wings (£8) which came slathered in a punchy jerk sesame sauce. Ribbons of squid ink fettuccine (£12.50) swam in a buttery saffron sauce topped with nuggets of king prawns; just as slurpable as the Rhubarb’ra Windsor (£11) that arrived packing a proper zing.
As I inhaled my pasta and the boyfriend devoured a juicy aged beef burger (£13), the party was really getting underway. Surrounded by tipsy weekenders ready to knock over our drinks at any moment, we were soon ushered into the lounge bar for a little post-dinner imbibing. Located between the garden and main room, this disco ball-toting hideaway was the perfect spot to relax.
Perched on our second candlelit table, I went for another pineapple-centred concoction, the Sling When You’re Winning (£9.50). A take on the classic sling, this one mixed rosemary gin with rhubarb juice before topping with a dash of fizz. It was a Port Daiquiri (£9.50) for him… the ideal ending to a booze-fuelled evening.
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Looking for a weekend spot to drink up and chow down with your mates? You’ve found it. While Lost Society wasn’t my usual date night spot, this Battersea institution has proved why it’s still so popular even after a rebrand. I might not recommend date night dining in the main room on a Saturday night, but if you're after a lively bottomless brunch or weekend drinks then you'll find a quality offering here.