Beside but not attached to the Rubens Hotel, the Bbar exudes cultured Africana: black-and-white photographs of elephants and big cats, leopard-spotted lampshades, South African wines on the hundred-strong, categorised-by-taste wine list.
Some of the cocktails also have a springbok in their step, if in name alone: take, for instance, the Cape Town (Sazerac rye, Lillet Blanc, blue curação and bitters), named in honour of South Africa but otherwise bearing no trace of it. The 40-plus cocktails are mostly fuelled by quality spirits, with Hendrick’s gin combined with rosewater and lychees in an appealing rose petal martini.
Although the bottled beers also bear African labels (Namibian Windhoek), the food is international: burgers on naan bread, chicken liver pâté with melba toast and the like. The clientele are typical of the neighbourhood.
The menu is international, with something for everyone, but with a South African accent lent by dishes such as springbok fillet, grilled boerewors sausages and bobotie spring rolls.
The two bars serve an impressive 110 wines (more than 50 by the glass) from an eclectic list of old and new world producers including Bouchard Finalyson, a vineyard in South Africa also belonging to The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Passionate mixologists prepare more than 60 cocktails from the classics to the more exotic, while the warm and relaxed service creates an invitingly intimate atmosphere.
Being just a short walk from the Victoria Palace and Apollo Victoria theatres, bbar is an excellent option for pre-theatre dining, and offers versatile options for celebrating all manner of private parties including exclusive 'drinks and canapés' functions for 250 people, and dining for 100 guests with bespoke menus. 43 Below is an intimate downstairs bar and is available for private bookings. With its own sound system and a cosy club-like atmosphere, it's perfect for parties of up to 70 people.
43 Buckingham Palace Road
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; 5-11pm Sat. Food served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 5-10pm Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Victoria tube/rail|
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The moment I entered the place, I was overwhelmed with their decor. The choice of lighting created a warm, welcoming ambiance and I wondered why I hadn't come here before. Deep down I knew the food will not disappoint me. As this place has been on my wishlist ever since it was in India.Me and my friend are great food lovers and we do try the different places every weekend. last weekend was quite disappointing with the place we went, so in order to not to waste this weekend we decided to dine at BBar. I must say, it has a very well laid out menu, They have an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from and staff is knowledgeable and warm. The service is pretty good too. I was told great things about their lobster dumplings so we decided to go first with that. The service was fast and soon our order was on the table, the lobster dumplings were amazing it was type of moist well seasoned supplied with spicy cream sauce. The sashimi platter was the one i would die for. My friend was fixed on the California rolls, they were soft and melted as you put them on your tongue. BBar has got to be one of the best restaurants of the city. Cool, chic and relaxed, it is a non vegetarian's absolute delight. I would recommend to make prior reservations as they will provide you with the best location they have based on the category that whether you are visiting with your friends, you are on a date, or with family. Do dress yourself formally/classy as it will not be odd else the casuals will be like the odd man in the crowd. There is a separate parking area and a separate lift too for the BBar visitors that will take you straight to the entrance of the restaurant. The ambiance will please you as its theme is quite unique in India... you will be welcomed by a group of men as soon as you are out of the lift. The music that was being played was good and relaxing till 10 PM after that the pitch was raised and then you will not be able to control yourself swinging on the rhythm. The staff was very well mannered and the manager helps you in placing the order. The manager also suggests you the type of wine that goes well with your order, i was very much pleased with this service as the wine is the only thing that creates a mess in my head when it comes to make the selection!! The service here is quick and the stewards friendly. The thing that was constantly attracting me was the bar location that was at the center of the place, having ample lighting that was reflecting the flavours which they serve.The closing time was approaching and then i realized that i had checked in late as my friend, she was in no mood to leave so early, ya i can say it was too early as the clock was ticking 1 AM and i had almost yawned twice! LOL!! Can say as it highly priced, but it is worth every penny.
What a terrible experience. Being from Cape Town, I didn't expect this restaurant's South African cuisine to be spot on. My husband and I just wanted to reminisce a little that evening. Bad idea. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was half-empty. Still our starters took 45 minutes to arrive. I had lamb and apricot sosaties (quite nice, to be fair) and my husband warm pita bread served with hummus (fine..but hard to mess that one up though). For mains I ordered Lamb and tomato bredie and my husband the burger. We were very surprised that they ONLY serve the burger well-done. Health and safety apparently. When our meals arrived AN HOUR later (I complained numerous times) my lamb was inedible. It was fatty, sandpaper-dry and just plain awful. My husband's burger was FAR too dry. Surely the sign of a good restaurant is that they will cook their meat to your specification? The wine list is very expensive. There is quite a large selection of South African wines, but sadly they are "supermarket wines" back home. These were around £30! Even with import duties, this is exuberant. Don't even bother with this place. The service and food are terrible, and it's expensive. I don't mind paying for quality, but I would have preferred Nandos.