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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016“That restaurant with the Champagne buttons” is more than just a gimmick, although ostentation is undoubtedly blingy Bob Bob Ricard’s primary selling point: “I feel like I’m in Gatsby’s dining room”, notes one fan. Luckily, the palpable sense of enjoyment lends warmth to the glitz and gold, which is everywhere you look. Cloistered royal blue booths explain why celebs enjoy hiding out here, as does a sumptuous menu of comfort food – think mighty beef Wellingtons and deep-filled, steaming pies. A new executive chef has introduced some lighter (but no less lavish) additions to the menu in the shape of, say, lemon sole stuffed with scallop mousse or lobster in a sparky Champagne sauce. The Sunday roast lunch stars prime USDA Black Angus beef, drizzled with truffle gravy, while the pricey wine list favours treats from the French regions. Service glides effortlessly, and although prices are reasonably high, it’s worth it for the fun you’ll have.

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   silver reviewer (20)

Oct 2012

We booked a table for 6 in the morning for the evening, on a Saturday night and frankly, the 10pm service worked for us. On arrival (we were merry and happy) we were greeted by one gentleman and his ipad (it may be sleek-er but I do miss the old diary that restaurants used to have) and promptly led to our table. Surprise, there wasn't any vodka available, don't you think this is a little peculiar for a Russian restaurant ? Actually, I am wrong, a shot of vodka was offered with an order of caviar...

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Elle E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Oct 2012

Sitting in a leather booth at Bob Bob Ricard is liking being on a White Russian's theatre set design for Murder on the Orient Express. It's a little bit parisienne, a lot glamorous. Thankfully the food is a far cry from that of the Trans-Siberian Railway which, on my trip a few years ago, ran out of meat and fish somewhere before Irkutsk so served up soulless dumplings all the way to Mongolia. Skipping the offer of £225 Beluga and -18c vodka, I started with vareniki, a delightfully light dumpling...

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BoatLady's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   (1)

Sep 2011

Lovely evening of great food and fabulous wine. I started with oysters and vintage Bollinger (which is sold by the glass!). For the main we had Beef Wellington – the best piece of fillet I've had in years, may be even ever – and for dessert caramelized oranges for me and creme brulee for my companion with 1996 Chateau Yquem once again offered by the glass at an irresistible £29 per glass. Not bad for the world's finest (and most expensive) sweet wine. Charming staff and a buzzy, glamourous room made...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   (3)

Sep 2011

Buzz and glamour? Classy and exciting? No, no, no!!! Not in this part of Soho. Was everyone away, including the entire bar staff? Was I in the wrong place (that is not a question). What is (not) going on here, in Holiday season? Last night, (a Wednesday) all the happening action had been shunted into the sidings. I was early, the bar downstairs was closed (no explanation, so I don't know why), and thus I was shown straight to the table for a drink while waiting for my three companions. The decor...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 5

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   platinum reviewer (77)

Jul 2011

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Editor's pick This was the second time ive been to BBR – but the first time for an actual meal. Prior to this visit, i did wonder how people would pay such a high price for breakfast and so made the assumption that the rest of the items on the menu would be overpriced too. Anyway, i was wrong and i was very impressed. The venue itself is well designed and reminds me of scenes from Titanic, ie very opulent. Service was very good and not intrusive in the least. As id been overdoing it a bit in the dining out stakes,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   gold reviewer (40)

May 2011

Last week’s Food Bloggers’ Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard – off Golden Square, Soho – was an excuse to stick my schnoz up in the air more than usual and open the pocket thesaurus along with other equally snooty food writers. Creatives flourish in such company and a “tasty plonk” is instead noted as a “superannuated example of primitive España, long past its juncture.” At least, that’s how I talk in such company (to my own embarrassment). Bob Bob Ricard was fashioned by its owners Bob and Ricard (actually...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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May 2011

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Editor's pick A moral dilemma: is it ethical for a restaurant to include on its wine list the prices that you'd pay at its competitors' pads? Does it make it any easier to take if the person most prodded is Gordon Ramsay? I know one restauranteur who thinks it is a poor show. Me? I can see both sides: sure, it is nice to know that the Haut Brion is a quarter of the price here than at Marcus Waring, but then the food isn't really a quarter as good, so what does the comparison show? Add to this the fact that none...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 8

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1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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Mar 2011

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Editor's pick This was a breath of fresh air. The service was fantastic, the wine perfect and the food a delight. That doesn't quite cover it. The staff were very welcoming, but they unlike others I could mention (Maze for one) they also understood that we were their to chat, eat and drink, not there for them to attempt to show their waiting capability, which means I hardly noticed them when they sorted out the service. Their recommendations were spot on. The wine and vodka was perfectly delivered and actually...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Nov 2010

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The burger at Bob Bob Ricard is the reason that exercise exists. Without that, you're lost. Sadly, I appear to be losing… though if I thought that the reward was a guilt free burger at BBR then I'd be spending a lot more time on the rowing machine. There's a limited menu, mainly classic bistro dishes intermingled with a handful of left field caviar based choices (no doubt a small reminder of home for the Russian owner). The decor wouldn't be out of place in a top end French railway buffet (assuming...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James Street ,London W1F 9DF

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Apr 2010

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A fantastic wine list with many big-name wines 3-4 times less than in other London restaurants. They make a big deal of it by putting comparison prices directly in their wine list. The vintage Pol Roger was £15 a glass! Our Beef Wellington for four was, in the words of our American guests, epic. Classy service and ambiance, a perfect special occasion restaurant.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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    Elle Bloggs :: BOB BOB RICARD

    To mark the success of a recent campaign at work, we were treated to a celebratory meal at Bob Bob Ricard. Nestled away in Soho, the dining room is adorned with brass fitted booths, high ceilings and waiters dressed in candy pink waistcoats AND if that wasn’t enough, they have a button you can press for champagne…I know right?!

    The food is described as a mix of British/Russian and there’s everything from caviar and oysters to steaks and lobster on the menu as well as an astounding offering of vodkas...
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    The Square 8211; Sam The Food Fan :: Bob Bob Ricard – Sam The Food Fan

    Bob Bob Ricard, so good they named it twice! Actually ‘Bob’ is the nickname of the Russian owner who owns two thirds of the business, hence the second Bob and Ricard is taken from the other owner’s name, Richard Howarth. It has been on my bucket list from day one of the blog. I have had drinks there before, a long time ago and I decided that instead of following the rest of the crowd on a January detox, I would spoil myself. What better way to start the new year than with total self-indulgence and I couldn’t think of a better place to do it. The healthy eating can wait….

    The restaurant is styled on the Orient...
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    SilverSpoon London :: SilverSpoon London - A luxury lifestyle blog : Bloggers' Double Date at Bob Bob Ricard

    Bob Bob Ricard! Now BBR has been voted one of the 30 most Instragrammed Restaurants, and rather like a reality TV star the 'Press For Champage' button has got rather over-exposed on social media. Now, I have to admit, this put me off going a bit, but it shouldn't have. Bob Bob Ricard is one of the most beautiful and fabulously glam restaurants in London. The restaurant is all booths which makes for an intimate dining experience and gives the feeling of being on the Orient Express...
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    Andrea's Passions :: Bob Bob Ricard: Champagne at the Touch of a Button, #Whoops - - Andrea's Passions

    I have tried to book a table at Bob Bob Ricard many-a-time since first hearing about the infamous ‘Press for Champagne’ button positioned at every table. Yes, EVERY table. But, funnily enough, most people (/women) appeared to have the same brilliant idea, which meant that tables were only ever available at most inconvenient dining times, despite trying to book months in advance. Enter Lauren Hudson, an absolute gem of a person & blogger, who managed to snag us a table at 6pm last Saturday. My elation at finally visiting the venue that pours more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK, and at last meeting this...
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    Ramblings of a Food Addict :: An Instagram Frenzy at Bob Bob Ricard | Ramblings of a Food Addict

    I have always been a lover of social media and back in the days of MySpace, Bebo, Faceparty (we’re not even going to mention Habbo Hotel), the journey of social media has been a huge part of growing-up on the internet. Gone are the days where social media lingered only in your home but now it’s well-encompassed into our everyday lives, wherever you may be.

    My new love affair is with Instagram, which has led to obsessing over beautiful imagery and also attempting to create that perfect messy-but-not-really picture. Bob Bob Ricard has to be one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in London and there’s a few...
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    The Lifestyle Diaries :: The Lifestyle Diaries: Girls' Date Night at Bob Bob Ricard

    A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of finally meeting the lovely Andrea, from Andrea's Passions, for a very special dinner at Bob Bob Ricard - the home the famous Press for Champagne button. Anyone familiar with the restaurant will know that it can be very difficult to get a reservation at BBR, and so when we discovered that there was a 6pm seating we jumped at the chance!

    Well, when you're at Bob Bob, there's only one thing to do as soon as you sit down: Press For Champagne!...
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    Curious London :: Curious London: Bob Bob Ricard

    My father, who famously eats almost anything, once told me that eating oysters is like “swallowing a cup of cold snot”. He is not wrong, I’ve tried them myself. Until last week, though, I’d never had one baked, which turned out to be quite revelationary. A baked oyster is the smoother, softer cousin of the scallop, and this one was smothered in melted parmesan and black truffle, a shellful of rich flavour that was silky, not slimy. It was exquisite.
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Essential Details for Bob Bob Ricard

  • Cuisine: International
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £60.00
  • Wine: £26.50
  • Champagne: £66.00
  • Private Dining: 16

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