Bob Bob Ricard - Russian decadence in the heart of Soho

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Organising this years couples dinner the pressure was on. Miss G used her membership and got us into the lovely Soho House last year and I decided to take up the role for 2013... I wanted somewhere we wouldn't easily think of going, somewhere a little bit random and somewhere definitely a little bit special... 

'Press for Champagne' in each of the dining booths is all I knew of Bob Bob Ricard before my visit last week and what a great 'thing' to be known by. It immediately ooozes fun and glamour with only three small words and a button press away a waiter whisks over to your attention to take drinks orders... brilliant no more waiting!!

Ten of us hired out the private salon. True to Bob Bob Ricard's main restaurant this was richly decorated, OTT and felt like you were in the formal dining room of a rather wealthy Russian Oligarch. We had our own waitress for the evening allowing us to relax and make as much noise as possible without getting 'the glare' from other tables...

The slightly Russian inspired menu reads incredibly well, burgers, Wellington, sole, venison and therefore a lot of the guys found it hard to choose. Mr W had to take time out and literally get into the menu in order to make up his mind...

A couple of us went for some of the Russian options of Potato and Porcini Vareniki. I however, had the scallops with black pudding (sans cooked apple) and two huge plump scallops arrived excellently seared the black pudding was (I think) home made and reflected this in taste as it was far superior to that of other efforts. Simple but tasty - what more could you ask for...

Other starters were:

Bob Bob Ricard prawn cocktail

Seabass ceviche with avocado

Venison tartar with quails egg...I has a taster of this and it was delicious!

For mains I actually went with one of the waiters recommendations as it sounds such a treat I couldn't resist. Bob Bob Ricard Lobster Burger - I expected a fish type patty, and instead what arrived was far more 'WOW'

Literally a lobster in a burger...

lightly breaded and fried lobster tail lay within a brioche bun and served with a tangy Marie Rose sauce - uh-mazing!!! It was juicy, meaty and impossible to eat but who cares this is what Lobster burger dreams are made of!

I had this with a very pretty green salad...

Others around the table had...

3 bird burger: crispy quail, guineafowl and duck - how cool?!

Lemon Sole goujons, minted crushed peas and chips...

Not quite full enough we decided on some puddings:

White chocolate Ice cream with berries

Strawberries and cream souffle with a warm strawberry coulis and pouring cream... delicious!!

Bob Bob Ricard isn't your average Soho restaurant. It's decadent, rich food served in equally opulent settings. Therefore the prices can reflect this for some choices. My only grudge was that I do feel as it was Christmas the table settings could have reflected this however it was pretty much bare... it certainly didn't spoil my evening.

We had a wonderful dinner amongst great friends and the private room here is perfect for a gathering... just don't find the 'press for champagne' button too early on or you'll be regretting it come the bill!! Our bill came to £67 per person inc. 3 course and plenty of booze.

Address: 1 Upper James St, London W1F 9DF
Phone:020 3145 1000

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