64 Turnmill Street
London, EC1M 5RR
Descend into the basement of Izakaya spot Sosharu and you’ll find 7 Tales, the seventh brainchild of London restaurateur Jason Atherton. It’s the perfect marriage of elegant presentation and playfulness: consider the Champagne Papi, made with Perrier-Jouet NV, plum liquor, banana, and lactic sugar, garnished with a coin that you insert into the vending machine (yes, you heard us right: a vending machine), which then dispenses an absinthe-soaked sugar cube and a proverb; drop it in and watch it fizz while you contemplate your fortune. Bar bites take modern riffs on classic Japanese fare, while the winning combination of hip-hop and neon lights evokes the sultry, seedy ambience of Tokyo at night.