Paloma is the Spanish word for "pigeon" (or dove, depending on who you ask). But it's also one of manager Luke Fleming's favourite cocktails (a tequila-based drink popular throughout Mexico).
So Paloma the bar features clean, fresh drinks made with house-made preserves, including a twist on the classic Aperol spritz (featuring Aperol, fino and mandarin) and, naturally, the Paloma (tequila blanco, gin, grapefruit and soda).
The wine list is by 2KW’s head sommelier Dan McEvoy, who hones in on southern-European varietals from local and international producers including albariño, piquepoul and nebbiolo. There’s also a focus on sherry, such as fino and oloroso.
The Mediterranean vibe is mirrored in the menu, features tinned sardines and anchovies, terrines, pates, charcuterie and cheese. Pickled, fermented and preserved goods are jarred and displayed in the Paloma pantry, and available to eat in or take home.
The team enlisted interior designer Claire Kneebone (who worked on 2KW) and Mo Hardy from Nest Design for fit-out and graphics. Palmer cites the Mediterranean and the old bars of Nice as inspiration, along with the southern coast of Spain, Cuba and South America. Expect soft colours – terracotta, biscuit, ecru and greys – with accents of rattan, brass and black. Tying it all together is a commissioned work by local artist Neil Thwaite.