Today’s venue is a surprise. Yet another outing in a ridiculously drawn out programme of birthday celebrations. Two good friends have researched heavily to find somewhere I haven’t been to before, and that will meet our needs for fun and sophistication. By God they hit the nail on the head with this place.
Bob Bob Ricard in the heart of Soho has all the elements for a fantastic dining experience. We are eating in the upstairs ‘blue’ dining room – different rooms are located downstairs. There’s a slightly 1920’s vibe mixed with the feel of being on the Orient Express (without the murder). It feels opulent but relaxed.
We are seated in a booth (I LOVE a booth) which is bedecked with table lamps – extremely flattering light if on a date. Best of all though is this…..
Every table has one and I call on more restaurants to adopt this fantastic piece of technology. As birthday girl I get to press it and within ten seconds the most charming of waiters is at our table ready to take our order for the fizzy stuff.
The food is a mixture of English and Russian comfort food. I’m not sure I’ve eaten Russian fayre before so am slightly thrilled at this prospect.
I’d like to point out that vodka shots served at -18 degrees is listed in the starters section. Wow. You’ll find caviar and oysters too but we’re not Russian oligarchs so instead I opt for something a bit more simple but which is absolutely delicious – vareniki potato dumplings with shimeji mushrooms and crispy onions. A stinking Bishop cheese souffle and smoked salmon with horseradish starter also get the thumbs up round the table.
After browsing the menu I keep returning to the same thing as does my friend. Lobster Mac & Cheese. It’s not a cheap dish so worry will they be stingy on the lobster?
The Mac does not disappoint at all. Its ultra cheesy (Swiss and Parmesan) and is packed with lobster – a quality dish.
As an indication the cheapest bottle of white wine is a £30 Stellenbosch but we plump for one of our current faves the Picpoul that came in at £32.
We couldn’t manage a dessert but that was rectified when a surprise birthday plate arrived at the table complete with sparkler. It was one of the campest desserts I have ever seen and I loved it. It was even coated in glitter. And was pink – a colour that features throughout the restaurant.
This is comfort food taken to the next level which can all be washed down with champagne or Russias best vodka.
If you’re looking for a special occasion place and want to splash some cash, Bob Bob might be the perfect place.