SquareMeal Review of Bob Bob Ricard
“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.
About Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard is a high-class dining affair in Soho, in the centre of London, serving up luxury British and Russian inspired cuisine. The well-known establishement is popular among the higher echelons of society, particularly due to the ‘press for champagne’ button featured on every table in the restaurant.
The elegant restaurant is dressed in a rich palette of colours – royal blue, gold, and ivory. The furnishings are majestic and elaborate with blue and white painted walls and pretty chandeliers sprinkling light all over the restaurant. The overall look is highly polished and impressive. The restaurant is the place you go to be seen and to impress.
The menu reads like a extensive list of luxury foodstuffs with starters of Russian Standard Imperia vodka shots to get you buzzing for rounds of Siberian caviar and Jersey rock oysters. The baked oysters, Brezhnev style, are decadently topped with parmesan and black truffle. The starters continue with all types of tartare from salmon to steak, and Russian specialties of truffled potato vareniki and lobster pelmeni dumplings.
Once your taste buds have been thoroughly excited, you can move onto starters of chicken kiev, 35-day aged scotch beef chateaubriand served with gravy, or slow roasted pork belly. Or you can opt for a big plate of steak tartare imperial, served with caviar. The fish menu is equally decadent with Dover sole meuniere, Lobster, and salmon tartare, too. For afters, rum and raisin pudding spiked with vintage panama rum will keep you buzzy – if the vodka starter hasn’t slowed you down – plus there's a stunning strawberry and cream soufflé. There are some boozy chocolate truffles to indulge in too, as the theme of this place is all about indulgence. And of course, the wine cellar at Bob Bob Ricard is well-stocked with international bottles, that will go nicely with the rich courses on offer at the restaurant.