Update September 2014: Since this review was published, Steampunk Café has become Drury Street bar and kitchen. The menu concentrates on pizzas, burgers and added veggie options. Updated review to come.
Steampunk is a sci-fi, fashion and art genre inspired by an alternative Victorian era where steam power prevails. Think HG Wells, aviator goggles and hissing cogs. It’s an emerging trend, and this cocktail bar and diner is a bold embodiment – a gigantic, stretching space of burgundy chesterfields and chandeliers, the soundtrack is swing and they hold cabaret nights. Alongside burgers the menu has ‘punk pockets’ – conical stuffed tortillas – that taste decent enough, and though neither the pork nor the brisket stand up to the depth of flavour found nearby, Steampunk’s focus lies elsewhere. Mini combos, where wee versions are delicately arranged on a wooden board with ickle condiments in the middle, are a typically stylish little touch.
- High point: Steampunk is pretty cool
- Low point: Not all that steampunk here
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle