If there’s any kind of bell I want in my dream house, it’s a “Press for Champagne” bell – right by the bed. As I don’t have that kind of glamour in my life yet, I’ll just have to stick with Bob Bob Ricard. Famous for pouring more champagne than any restaurant in the United Kingdom, Bob Bob Ricard dishes up opulence, in the form of a luxury English and Russian menu, taking classics such as the chicken kiev to the next level. From being greeted by the stylish, sophisticated hosts, to sliding into one of their iconic booths (or if unlike me, you have more than 9 friends, the private dining room), you’re pampered with a unique dining experience that will leave you light-headed – and I’m not just talking about the bubbles.
The art deco interiors provide an ambience you would only find in the Great Gatsby, and the impeccable service comes with a flourish. No detail goes un-noticed, no flute goes empty and no taste buds go ignored because their menu plates up signature delights that make it a force to be reckoned with. I would whole-heartedly recommend working up an appetite with their selection of their Russian Standard vodka shots (served at -18 °C) followed by the beef wellington: the melt-in-your-mouth delicious-ness slices like butter and pairs impeccably with their Framingham Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand, 2013). Anything you have for dessert (even if it isn’t the strawberries and cream soufflé), please do make sure you wash down with their Vin De Constance (Klein Constantia Estate, 2008). Named “Africa’s Greatest Wine”, if it was good enough to Napoleon Bonaparte, then it no doubt makes the perfect finish to an evening at the perfect restaurant.
Bob Bob Ricard is at 1, Upper James Street, Soho and is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
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