Bob Bob Ricard. So good they named it twice?
If you ever find yourself looking for a little touch of luxury as you wander the streets of Soho (or cruise it in a cab being the more likely scenario) then book yourself into this English/Russian restaurant for an unforgettable experience.
In the evenings, the low lighting and marble finishes create a real sense of atmosphere and the layout of the restaurant is perfect for those more intimate occasions. As you take your seat in the booth, there is of course a star attraction that catches your eye: the ‘Press For Champagne’ button.
Now, I know it is probably the worst kept secret in London, however it is still a button you will find yourself pressing, even just for the (potentially costly) novelty value.
The food itself was impeccably presented. If, like me, your main concern about visiting such a fine establishment are the portion sizes then do not be concerned. If you opt for the full three courses along with the the warm bread you should leave relatively full. If not, then, perhaps it is time to hit that champagne button just one more time.
For starters, a beautiful Steak Tartare served with quail egg was placed on the table alongside an equally impressive Salmon Tartare. My Steak Tartare was delicious and the capers added enough bite to give it real flavour. The richness of the quail egg was the perfect finishing touch.
Mains came out next. A well-presented and hearty chicken, mushroom and champagne pie along with a perfectly pan-fried seabass. My pie had a great taste to it with tender chicken, with the sauce having a great champagne-twist and the portion size didn’t disappoint. Cracking food, but it was a little upstaged by dessert. I’m not sure how well my words can describe such an aesthetically pleasing dish so I will let the pictures do the talking. Behold, the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory:
Whether you consider this art or just a pudding, it does taste as good as it looks. A chocolate brownie sits on a chocolate Jivara mousse next to meringue and passion fruit jelly. It is a befitting end to a great meal and if you’re looking to impress then this is your trump card: heaven.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Soho?