fell in love with finally got round to visiting Bob Bob Ricard, after reading copious amounts of rave reviews. The English/Russian style restaurant is located in the heart of Soho and once inside you realise why people rave about it…
The all booth dining room with its blue leather seats, glitzy gold touches, big old fashioned artwork and buttons to press for champers is old school glamour at it’s finest with some modern touches to compliment. The kind of place you could imagine Audrey Hepburn sitting in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with cigarette holder in hand.
Drinks wise the cocktail list is impressive, as is the wine and champagne list…did we mention they have a button to press for champagne?! Yes we may be late to the party but we’re still pretty impressed. There is also a selection of Vodka shots served at -18’C (when in Russia!).
We started with the signature cocktail, a Rhubarb Gin & Tonic served in a small glass with no ice the drink was tart enough for the full Rhubarb flavour to shine through whilst being sweet enough to slip down a little too fast. Nibbles of Olives, Popcorn and warm bread helped fend of the hunger until we’d ordered.
The food varies quite a lot in price, depending on what you are eating a main course can set you back anything from £15 to £60. We chose the Lobster Burger served in a Brioche Bun – not the easiest thing to eat as the Lobster was quite chewy which is apparently a sign of its freshness. Even with the fish juices and drenching of Mary Rose sauce the bun managed to stay together throughout the meal – top marks.
Old Bay Crispy Chicken served with coleslaw on a wooden board was a generous dish and we struggled to finish our side order of fries. We ended with a couple of Chocolate Truffles and whilst the food wasn’t exceptional, it certainly didn’t offend plus the decor itself is worthy of a visit alone. We’re already planning to go back, the atmosphere makes it the kind of place you want to eat in again and again.
Bob Bob Ricard = beautiful!
1 Upper James St, Soho, W1F