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Trunk (Bar)

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6-7 Warren Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 5LB
Cuisine: International
Tel: 0207 666 5430 | Email to Trunk | Transport: Warren Street | Write review

Trunk Review

Top 10 things we discovered about Trunk bar and restaurant:

1) The Radisson Hotel in Warren Street is located at the quiet end of Tottenham Court Road, away from the frenetic chaos of Oxford Street. It’s within the hotel that you’ll find Trunk, a bar and restaurant that touts its food as ‘World Eclectic’.

2) While the restaurant and bar are associated with the hotel, you can access both through a separate entrance, situated just a stone’s throw from Warren Street underground station.

3) Trunk’s cocktail bar is typically London, in that it’s sympathetically lit (no glaring neon) and reliably busy, with a clientele of mainly local city workers (you can tell they’re locals by the way they sling shots down their necks before 8pm).

4) The cocktail list is impressive, with a wide array of drinks ranging from the classics (Manhattan, margarita) to the inventive (pomegranate and elderflower martini). We ordered off-menu (which is easy to do if you talk to the talented cocktail bartenders) and the vodka espresso martini was the perfect caffeine-fuelled antidote to a long, tiring day in the office.

5) The restaurant is intimidatingly large. Uncomfortable benches line one side. The unfortunate person who has to sit there must strain upwards to reach the table.

6) The décor is much like that of the depressing hotels that sit by the side of a motorway: drab, lifeless, and lacking soul.

7) The menu offering at Trunk is more confused than ‘World Eclectic’. Roast duck and chilli rolls with hoisin sauce snuggle up next to dried fig and goat’s cheese skewers on the starters menu, while chicken Kiev tussles for attention with burgers and pastas on the mains list.

8) Unfortunately, much of the food at Trunk is style over substance. My starter of lobster ravioli looked as pretty as a picture, but the lobster was tough and chewy (a travesty!). Similarly, the retro-fantastic chicken Kiev lacked filling of any kind, let alone a generous burst of garlicky butter. Steak, ordered medium-rare, came out well done (travesty again!).

9) The atmosphere is Jekyll and Hyde: the bar upbeat and lively; the restaurant stuffy and oppressive.

10) I wouldn’t pass Trunk by if I fancied an after-work cocktail in a convenient location near a tube station. However, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back.
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