The new restaurant has two floors, outdoor tables, a glamorous bar and cosy private dining ‘Vaults’ that can be booked. Yes that’s right THIS Hoppers takes reservations!
Here’s the low down – half the restaurant can be reserved leaving the other half for walk-ins and they have system in place which means no waiting in the potential wet and windy weather as you can leave your name, head off for some more shopping and get a call when your table is ready. Making group dining and family feasting easier.
Renowned for exquiste Sri Lankan & Tamil Nadu inspired dishes, the St. Christopher’s Place menu will also centre around Hoppers’ namesake dish, a bowl shaped pancake made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk, and the dosa, made from a fermented batter of ground rice and lentils. These will be served alongside a selection of new karis to include Lamb Shank, Aubergine, Crab, Cauliflower and Prawn.
But what’s got us really excited is what’s new to St Christopher’s Place. Let us introduce you to the new ‘Rice and Roast’ dishes designed to be shared, family feasting style. Feasting dishes will include ‘Banana Leaf Roasted Plaice, Green Mango & Madras Onion Sambol’; ‘Jaffna Lamb Cutlets, Cucumber Mooli Sambol’; and ‘Chicken Buriani, Chicken Heart Acharu, Yoghurt’.
While those new to Sri Lankan cuisine will be able to order a ‘Taste of Hoppers’ menu, offering a selection of favourites off the menu. At lunch, a ‘Rice Plate’ will offer guests a set dish featuring Rice, Dal, Kari, Seeni Sambol, Gotukola Sambol, Aubergine Moju, Duck Egg, Cutlet, a filling and traditional Sri Lankan lunch option.
Alongside the hoppers, dosas and feasting dishes, there will also be a selection of Short Eats, the Sri Lankan term for snacks which are typically eaten with drinks. These will include ‘Bone Marrow Varuval, Roti’; ‘Jaffna Beef Rib Fry’; ‘Hot Butter Devilled Chipirones’; and ‘Idli, Sambhar, Podi, Coconut Chutney’.
Now moving on to the cocktails..
The Sri Lankan traditons continue as Arrack, a Sri Lankan spirit made from fermented coconut sap, and the Dutch spirit Genever, will form the focus of the Hoppers St Christopher’s Place cocktail menu and will be paired with ingredients inspired by the flora and vegetation of Sri Lanka’s spice gardens.
The list will include the signature ‘One Pot Sour’ made with Spice Tree Whisky, Amontilado sherry, lemon, mace, fermented rice syrup and truffle. Also available for the first time will be a selection of frozen slushie drinks such as the ‘Frozen Pina-Pol-ada’ and ‘Fro-yo Mango Lassi’, as well as alcoholic milkshakes including a ‘Kappi Frappi Cino’. (We’ll take one of each!?)
There’s also the ‘Feast Cocktails’ which serve four making sharing those cocktails hassle-free and will include the ‘Jungle Negroni’ and ‘Burgher Milk Wine’ .