Skillful, inventive cooking has earned Soho's Arbutus a Michelin star. The chatty crowd of diners who fill the smart dining room at this bistro deluxe shows no signs of disagreeing.<br/><br/>Polished seasonal dishes range from the traditional - Marseilles-style bouillabaisse or bavette of Scottish beef - to plats du jour such as shin of Limousin veal with cavalo nero and soft polenta. The cosmopolitan wine list offers nearly all bins in 250ml carafes.
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63 Frith StreetLondonW1D 3JW
I consider this the "poor cousin" of Wild Honey (same owner). The main ingredients of the dishes are often the same between the two restaurants, but the Arbutus version is generally less complex because it is probably prepared by a less seasoned chef. The biggest difference is in the quality of the waitstaff. Arbutus has the "B" or "C" team, and the "A" players are at Wild Honey. For about...more
We managed to get a reservation at this Michelin starred establishment pretty last minute for a Saturday night, so perhaps that was the first sign that this wasn't a restaurant that would blow me away. With that said though, it was pretty solid and I enjoyed almost all of the dishes we shared that night.
Among three people we ordered three apps and two mains:
- Grilled ox tongue
My uncle was visiting from out of town and so I booked this restaurant from my wish list. I was not disappointed.
The experience was very good overall. I wanted a place that had a seasonal menu with some different options that you cannot get everywhere. Check. A good small intimate setting to catch up and feel looked after. Check. A quality meal at a decent price. Check.
If I could give this a minus 100 I would! .... Why so harsh?
Hmm.... Because it's a racist establishment that's why! And I am not one to throw the race card around lightly either!
My sister and I went there for lunch about a week ago and we were greeted by a lovely receptionist who was so welcoming I almost tipped her. However that was it! After doing research online I found that our plates...more
Four of us stopped by Arbutus for a pre-theater indulgence and were frankly quite underwhelmed. At £25 the pre-theatre menu seems like quite a good deal, but none of the options on the fixed menu were particularly stellar, and the food itself was not as impressive as we'd hoped. Moreover, the service was really slow, causing us to have to rush through dessert to make it to our show in time-...more