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Cosmopolitan Arbutus is ‘streets ahead of the competition’, according to one fan (speaking for many), and has consolidated its status as one of the big cheeses in Soho – thanks to a ‘near-faultless
combination of style and service that doesn’t break the bank’. The designers have worked with the clean-lined but awkwardly shaped dining room, adding some striking modern art and ranks of
unvarnished wooden tables, while the kitchen melds humble cuts and broad-shouldered flavours with thoughtful, Michelin-starred technique. Peppery Dorset crab with guacamole, peanuts and Provençal
figs get the vote, likewise a gentle dish of English asparagus with Caesar mayonnaise, ‘nutty’ quinoa pannacotta and fall-apart lamb breast with Madeira-braised celery and celeriac purée – although
nothing can match the ‘mind-bendingly original’ squid and mackerel burger or the warm crispy pig’s head (‘marshmallow-sized nuggets’ served with potato purée and pickled turnip). ‘Well-informed
staff’ deliver the goods and abundant wines by the carafe keep bills in check, while snappy ‘working lunches’ and pre-theatre suppers seal a gilt-edged deal.
Arbutus is a one michelin starred modern French restaurant based on Frith Street in buzzing Soho, London. It appealed to me since I found out that the restaurant offered counter seats which is always preferably for me when dining alone. I guess I still feel a little awkward when sat at a table alone, with the feeling of not knowing where to look and just making myself look uncomfortable.
A value pre theater menu is available at £21 for 3 courses, but the a la carte seemed much more enticing... More from Nomface »
Arbutus is a contemporary bistro located at the heart of Soho, the brainchild of Anthony Demetre and Will Smith..
Since opening in 2006 they have received one Michelin star on the first year opening.. I first heard of this place from a friend of mine who said the meal was rather delicious and at great value. With that in mind and a couple of peaking as I sometime walk pass, i just have to give it a try…
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The interior of Arbutus speaks of understated elegance; white walls are lined with monochrome photos and lots of natural light filters in through large windows. Its best feature is how generously sized and spaced out the tables are – a welcome change from the usual packed-like-sardines experience.
Arbutus makes full use of ingredients which are most usually discarded, utilizing ox and lamb tripe, trotters, and pigs head. It’s a clever idea to revert to offal, and a veritable cash cow considering how cheap these ingredients are and the mark up in price on the menu... More from Wrap Your Lips Around This »
Trendy, fashionable Arbutus, unexpectedly received its first star in 2007. Is it worth the award? Perhaps not… It’s easy to be overly critical about messy places, but this one wins a gold medal for chaos. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be hit by an uncomfortable level of noise. People are shrieking everywhere, with the main culprits standing beside the bar at the entrance.
First-up is the burger of mackerel and squid, with parsley and sea purslane... More from vialaporte »
We had arbutus in Soho on our Restaurants to do list for a while now. We were looking for a restaurant to take clients, which was in central London and arbutus seemed like a nice option for a casual business lunch. This restaurant is fairly small but is bright and airy. The restaurant has a distinct French feel in terms of service but the food is English/Italian in style. We were welcomed into the bustling restaurant and taken into the back room that overlooks Dean Street and seated on the benches with our back to the wall. There was four of us for lunch and although I really liked this restaurant it probably wasn’t right for the people we were entertaining as it was modern and surprisingly loud and our guests were more old school and prefer it a little quieter... More from sexdrugsandbaconrolls »
When Anthony Demetre & business partner Will Smith launched Arbutus in 2006, they were aiming for an informal, value-for-money & technically assured restaurant focusing on inexpensive, seasonal ingredients. Their panache & skilful execution saw the plaudits flood in for their Soho restaurant, including a BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant & a Michelin star in January 2007. The pair followed this up with the equally successful Wild Honey in Mayfair, which garnered similar accolades the following year. To cap it all, Arbutus was recently named BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2010 in recognition of the owners' matchless approach to affordable fine dining.