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4 Nov 2011

Have You Met Bob Bob Ricard?

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I've been meaning to write about Bob Bob Ricard since the first time I visited, however I never got around to it, until now. Don't get me wrong, I've been singing it's praises to anyone who will listen, but actually putting fingers to keyboard was a different matter.

Anyway, I'm doing it now so I'll stop blathering on. 

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If you haven't yet visited Bob Bob, stop what you're doing (well, after you finish reading this) and book yourself a table! Whether you live in the city already or are planning to visit London at some point, treat yourself and book a table.  Why? Apart from the fact that each booth has a button you can press for champagne, here are the reasons (in no particular order) why you need to visit...

The Interior & Branding

Going to Bob Bob is an experience, one that starts when you walk into the lobby and are transported back into a sumptuous Art Deco world; from the liveried staff to the gilded BBR monograms that adorn almost every surface and menu.

I've only ever been for dinner, so I don't know what Bob Bob is like in the day, but I do like how dimly lit it is when I've been in the evening. The booths, the seats, and the lighting all make me feel like I'm embarking on a midnight adventure via the Orient Express. I can pretend that I'm Poirot, except I'm a girl and I'm not investigating a murder. You get what I mean. 

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Continue reading to find out about the food...

The Food

You can't eat the interiors and branding so I'll move onto the important part - the food.
My favourite dish at Bob Bob is the chicken kiev. Simple yet superbly delicious. It is served with creamy mashed potato and sweetcorn on a bed of tomatoes. In my eagerness (read greed) to eat I always forget to take a picture. Thank goodness for Google search and for the folk who don't wolf down the kiev as soon as it touches the table.

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The Mr however, took his time and managed to document his meal of beef onglet with caramelised onions and truffled mash potato.  Here is the before and after...


There is so much choice on the Bob Bob menu, not just food but drinks too. They've got cocktails, champagne (obviously), milkshakes, special vodkas, and vintage wines; everything you need to complete the gastronomic experience. 

For dessert the Mr had caramalised oranges with homemade Russian 8 hour evaporated milk and I went classic, chocolate fondant with pistachio ice-cream. I was very torn between that and the salted caramel ice-cream, but the lure of warm chocolate fondant won.  

However, if you're looking for a theatrical dessert, I would definitely recommend the Chocolate Glory (MK II). A gold ball that houses a surprise that will only be revealed once you pour over some hot chocolate sauce. Food heaven!

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Even if you don't want to have food (although I don't know why you wouldn't), you can always stop by to have some drinks at the bar; this way you won't miss out on the Bob Bob experience.

Seriously, I love this place so much I even like the toilets! I find it so disappointing when nice venues don't put any effort and up keep into the 'facilities'. This is not a concern at Bob Bob.

Anyway, enough about that. Instead look in your diary and see when would be a good time for you to make a reservation.

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Visit: Bob Bob Ricard
1 Upper James Street 
Soho
London
W1F 9DF


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