Neil Frame 04/09/22
Bob Bob Ricard | Luxuriously Fun Soho Restaurant
Bob Bob Ricard promises to push all your buttons.
As long as you return the favour.
Because yes, this is the brilliantly glitzy restaurant where each table is famously armed with a “Press for Champagne” button (and the result is that this place serves more bubbly than any other restaurant in the UK). It’s easily the swankiest-looking of Soho’s restaurants. But the fact is that Bob Bob Ricard has a lot more to offer than a (it has to be said, quite stylish) gimmick.
Parked just behind Carnaby Street, Bob Bob Ricard is jaw-droppingly, next-level glitzy. Elegantly uniformed staff float around the space responding to Champagne summons; gold and brass fittings glimmer in every corner; and wherever there isn’t gold, there’s marble. With its cobalt blue, high backed booth seating, curved tables jutting out from the walls and occasional, curtained windows, it seems almost like a stationary Orient Express.
The menu at Bob Bob Ricard is conceived as a love affair between English and Russian cuisine; which, if you’re wondering, means an amuse-bouche of vodka shots (served at precisely -18°C) and oysters before we even get to the:
Sink your teeth into the likes of truffled potato and mushroom vareniki (traditional Russian dumplings); a souped up scotch egg made with mushroom duxelles; and steak tartare topped with caviar. The indulgence continues with the…
Where you can net a huge Beef Wellington for two to share; a classic Chicken Kyiv; some chicken, mushroom, and Champagne pie; and the restaurant favourite, lobster mac & cheese. And that’s when we come to,
Which has the likes of a flaming creme brûlée, a perfect strawberries & cream soufflé, and the Chocolate Glory, served inside a melting, golden globe. Naturally, you’ll want to wash this down with insensible amounts of Champagne, pressing the buttons with gleeful disregard for your wallet. But don’t. Instead, order yourself a clear Bloody Mary, made with clarified tomato essence and sporting only the most subtle of rosy tints.
It’s all very impressive.
NOTE: Bob Bob Ricard is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, 365 days a year. You can book a table right HERE.
ALSO NOTE: You might like to know that BBR now has a sibling, Bob Bob Ricard City.
Bob Bob Ricard Soho | 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
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1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DF
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0203 145 1000
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