London’s Lyaness launches its third menu

24 November, 2021

London-based Lyaness, the bar created by Ryan Chetiyawardana and the team behind the former world’s best bar, Dandelyan, has launched its third menu.

The menu, Lyaness British Cookbook, takes a cook’s approach to flavour, focusing on expressing ingredients rather than on the drinks themselves.

"We're continuing to keep the DNA of ingredient focus, this likely will not change,” said Alex Lawrence, global bar director of Mr Lyan.

“As with anything creatively ambitious, we cast a wide net with our first few menus; as we have gained confidence, we have been able to create something more defined, a clearer concept, that is also easier to digest for our guests.

“This menu is where we are finding our confidence and expressing the ideology – it's less safe and more adventurous, which Is the whole idea of who Lyaness is – the huntress and the host."

Under the stewardship of head bartender Will Meredith, the Lyaness team has taken a global approach to flavours and balance, exploring new interpretations and concepts and putting them through a British lens.

The menu introduces five new ingredients, and whilst the menu features three suggested serves alongside each ingredient, guests are encouraged to add these new flavours to their favourite drinks to make their perfect cocktail.

“When we begin our creative, R&D process, we start with the five ingredients,” said Meredith.

“For each ingredient, we find three different ways to express it, to highlight certain parts of the ingredient.”

The first new core ingredient is Oyster Honey, an “exploration of two seemingly contradictory flavours” united by the ability of bees and oysters to “transform elements from their environment into a unique physical form”. The result provides “coastal richness”, “golden sweetness and depth”.

Blood Curaçao plays on the classic British culinary approach of nose-to-tail cookery, using dehydrated pigs’ blood to create an ingredient that provides a bold and warming flavour with “fruitier richness and luxurious weight”.

Green Sauce Liqueur marries green herbs, sour fruits and a variety of fungi which plays on the classic green sauce that is designed to cut through fattiness and accompany richer dishes in many cuisines, here it adds a deeper umami note.

Malt & Grass Amazake, is “an exploration of the abundance of resources we have in the world’s most ubiquitous plants” it applies fundamental elements of malting to grasses, cereals and pumpkin seeds to produce an ingredient that provides sweetness, richness and body.

Finally, Fruit Furikake is used similarly to “the way British seaweeds have been used over the years”. A blend of native seaweed with local fruits and vegetables to bring “a unique contrast of sweetness, salinity and richness.”

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