Bob Bob Ricard City

French, Russian·
££££
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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of Bob Bob Ricard City

Gold Award

Bob Bob Ricard is a much-loved Soho institution, but the glam interiors and luxe menu always felt better suited to the Square Mile. In 2019, Bob Bob Ricard birthed a City sibling, which enjoyed just a year of trading before the onset of Covid-19 forced it to temporarily close. Instead of reopening once restrictions lifted, the restaurant remained shut for 19 months in order to undergo a multi-million pound refit which brought the look of the place in line with the Soho original.

In real terms, that translates as replacing the lighting, furniture and artwork, and switching up the menu of special occasion comfort food. The interiors are still jaw-dropping though, featuring bespoke chandeliers and mirror-polished steel trim. Every table in the dining room is also a booth, a refreshing find in London where so often you are elbow to elbow with fellow diners.

It’s easy to see Bob Bob Ricard as tailormade for City suits with more money than sense, but the restaurant backs up its sheer ostentatiousness with an extremely capable menu. We kicked things off with a quartet of Russian dumplings stuffed with a heady mix of truffle, potato and mushroom. Next came chateaubriand, aged for 28 days and boasting a marbled texture that practically melts on the tongue. Sauteed spinach and fries topped with nutty truffle made for strong supporting acts. Pair your food with a glass from the mightily impressive Champagne list - we loved the crisp Dom Perignon 2012.

If you fancy a pre-dessert palate cleanser, try Bob Bob Ricard’s vodka shots, infused with lemon and served straight from the freezer at -18 degrees. For your actual pudding, it’s hard to beat the indulgence of the ‘Chocolate Glory’, a gold embossed sphere that melts under the heat of warm chocolate sauce (poured tableside) to reveal a centre akin to a pimped-up Ferrero Rocher.

Now that hospitality is open once more, there has been lots of talk of the ‘roaring twenties’ and it appears Bob Bob Ricard is leading the charge for the return of fun, big-ticket dining in the City. We’re all for it.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
French, Russian
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Special occasions

About Bob Bob Ricard City

French-Russian restaurant Bob Bob Ricard has two sites in London, with its opening in the city offering as much glitz and glamour (if not more!) as the original restaurant in Soho. The £25 million project lives on the third floor of the Leadenhall building (aka The Cheesegrater) and is dressed in the same ostentatious style as its sister restaurant, taking inspiration from the Royal Yacht Brittania. Blue booth seating allows parties of all sizes to feel a sense of privacy while dining, while shiny marble floors, a million different light fittings and a wall of mirrors are like an optical illusion designed to arrest and beguile from the moment you enter the foyer. Perhaps its most famous feature is the ‘press for champagne’ button at every table – push the all-powerful button and receive champers poured from a magnum for maximum effect.  

It says a lot about a restaurant when the menu boasts dedicated sections for caviar, oysters and vodka shots chilled specifically to 18 degrees (and that’s before you’ve even reached the starters). Whet your appetite with one of the above, or opt for the likes of French onion soup, steak tartare, escargots and croque madam to start, all created by head chef Ben Hobson. 

The extensive main course list continues with the classic French theme. Seemingly straight-forward dishes get a luxurious upgrade: chicken pie is made with a splash of champagne, charcoal-grilled sea bream comes with a side of tomato fondue and there are two types of macaroni cheese on offer, one made with truffle and the other with lobster.  

A host of classic French desserts include tarte tatin with calvados ice cream, flaming crème brulee, tarte au chocolat and crepes suzette (which are, of course, flambeed at the table for dramatic effect). Guests who opt for an Armagnac doughnut can infuse their sweet course with a choice of Armagnac vintages from 1888 to 2005 – what fun! Nothing is done by halves at Bob Bob Ricard City.  

Price wise, while you can dine somewhat sensibly from the food menu, the wine list is sure to blow any budget out the water with very few bottles coming in under £50. The cheapest option is a £28 chenin blanc - white wine lovers rejoice!

There is a dress code, although it’s not as demanding as one might imagine for such an extravagant place. It specifies ‘elegant’ attire, ties not necessary, with formal or casual wear both welcome.


FAQs

Is there a dress code at Bob Bob Ricard City?

Yes, there is a dress code. Elegant attire is recommended, although ties are not required. Fashionwear, formal or casual, is also welcome.

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Who owns Bob Bob Ricard City?

The restaurant is owned by Russian Leonid Shutov.

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How expensive is Bob Bob Ricard City?

Starters range between £9-28, main courses are between £16-39 while desserts range mostly between £10-12. The wine list is pricey though, so order at your wallet's peril!

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Location for Bob Bob Ricard City

Level 3, The Leadenhall Building , 122 Leadenhall Street, City of London, London, EC3V 4AB

0203 145 1000

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-13:30
Tue 12:00-13:30
Wed 12:00-13:30
Thu 12:00-13:30
Fri 12:00-13:30
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-00:00
Tue 17:30-00:00
Wed 17:30-00:00
Thu 17:30-00:00
Fri 17:30-00:30
Sat 17:30-00:30
Sun Closed

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2 Reviews 

Anon

29 July 2019  
Great food, decent portions and over the top glitzy fun night out.

martine T

26 July 2019  
Fun and extravagant!
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