Bob Bob Ricard

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The only way is Excess at this one-of-a-kind restaurant that’s perfect for off-duty fun. On the menu: British and Russian comfort food, plus lots of Champagne.

This enthusiastically outlandish spot has managed to achieve what many London restaurants earnestly desire but rarely deliver – it is out-and-out good fun. There’s a joy evident in every element of the place, from the Roaring ’20s decor to little touches like the ‘press for champagne’ buzzers at each booth.

The menu skips between Russia and Europe, cherry-picking treats: starters include platinum vodka shots chilled to -18°C, and venison tartare, while mains feature ‘humble pie’, three-birds burger and chicken kiev. BBR is the sort of venue you can imagine Bertie Wooster taking his pals after a day at the Drones. At lunchtimes, it has been adopted by business types, with deals sealed over excellent food and ostentatiously shaken cocktails, as well as vintage bubbly and by-the-glass Château d’Yquem.

We can recommend the classic prawn cocktail with piquant pink sauce, and the immensely gratifying borscht made with Orkney beef. The mariner’s fish pie is another favourite, crammed with salmon and haddock in a thumpingly rich cream. Desserts are as playful as the rest of the operation; try a strawberries and cream soufflé or freshly flambéed crêpes suzette. A meal here isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking to intrigue and impress, this place is hard to better.

 

Venue name: Bob Bob Ricard
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Address: 1 Upper James Street
London
W1F 9DF
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-3pm Mon-Sun. Dinner served 6pm-midnight Sun-Wed; 5.30pm-1am, Thu-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £14.50-£38.75. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £31.75 & £33.75 incl glass of wine
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Sheens86
Tastemaker

Baked oysters … who knew! Utterly delicious, well sized oyster with a baked parmesan top and garnished with a thin slice of truffle… unspeakably good.

Filet mignon was beautifully cooked, as was the foie gras, which I find can sometimes be rich and overwhelming but this was balanced just right, complementing the filet perfectly.

Cherry soufflé was very light and delicate, touch too sweet for my palate but my friend thoroughly enjoyed it.

The gin cucumber cocktail was refreshing and subtly strong but perhaps a bit too dear, I’d probably advise sticking to a bottle of something than individual drinks.

Didn’t get an opportunity to use the champagne button… maybe next time!

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Came here for an anniversary dinner. Yes yes there is a button and it may or may not have been pressed. Champagne was imbibed in certain quantities. 


For a main I had the meat dumplings with my husband ordering the seafood ones. Both were pleasantly portioned with little pockets of delicious, moist filling. Bit of sauce but not too much that it could be considered a soup (I was remiss we didnt order bread so we could lap up the rest of it!)


For the main I had the cod with scallops while the husband and the beef with foie gras. My main was delicious, with a nicely sized fish (with a nice crisp skin) sitting atop greens and a scallop. I would have been pleased with mine had I not tried my husbands. Oh. My. The beef was intoxicating when paired with the foie gras. I was so upset, but as it was an anniversary, we did agree (some more begrudgingly than others) to share. 


I had to go for the chocolate dessert. It was my destiny. You won't regret it, I promise. So sad that it contained nuts so I could not share ^_^


Service was wonderful, being attentive without overbearing. I can't say how much it was, but for a big night out you really can't go wrong!

Georgie
Tastemaker

Come to push the button, stay for the incredible food and atmosphere!


My girlfriends and I chose Bob Bob Ricard for our latest "sophisticated" girls night - and the real reason we chose it is for the infamous "push for champaign" button. Probably the most instagrammed button in the world. You've all seen in. It's almost pointless me adding the photo to this review... but I'm gunna anyway.


Naturally we sat at our table and immediately pushed it, and in less than 20 seconds our waiter had arrived with the bubbles menu. Champaign is all a little pricey on this menu so we opted for a bottle of prosecco. It's strange how the novelty of pushing the button can give you such excitement, but we loved it! I would consider having one installed in my flat... if only the installation came with a man who would bring me booze...


For my dinner I enjoyed the Venison Steak Tartare topped with a raw quails egg with croutons. Usually beef tartare is already a succulent, rich plate of food, but somehow this tasted even richer. Venison is one of my favourite meats, and usually the pinker the better, so by that I don't think venison comes better than in this stunning raw form. The quail egg was a vibrant yellow which splurged un-elegantly (yet very satisfyingly) across the red meaty cylinder and brought each mouthful together as I scooped onto my croutons. I also stole a few of my friend's fries (much to her dismay) which also went rather wonderfully with the gooey, meaty dish.


I can't tell you how delicious the pork belly is because one of my other friends refused to share that, but judging by the blissful look on her face, she was more than happy with it!


For dessert, I knew I wanted the souffle, the problem is I couldn't decide which one! Souffle is my all time favourite dessert on the planet ever, so I ALWAYS order it when its on a pudding menu, but rarely is there more than one choice. Eventually I went for the strawberries and cream souffle which came with strawberry coulis and pouring cream, and it was light as air and had a lovely light fruity tang in the pillowy body. It was delightful, though not as visually exciting as the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory - the dome of chocolate which gracefully melts as it is covered with hot chocolate sauce which another of my girlfriends ordered. Another instagram dream which tastes as good and exciting as it looks!


BBR is the perfect date or girls night dinner venue. It's pricey (especially if you keep pushing the button - you'll eventually need to sit on your hands!) but you won't forget it in a hurry, which is exactly what I want from a night of dining with friends.

Mark O'Donnell
moderatorStaff Writer

Visited for the first time recently and absolutely love the leather booths you get for two people - I hate having to sit on top of complete strangers in restaurants so top marks for that. The food was very good on the whole, but prepare to pay big bucks for the privilege - my lamb main course was £26 without sides. Ouch. If you can eat here all the time you're obviously putting it all on expenses, or you're so minted you've probably got a yacht. For mere mortals, I'd say it's up there with the very best restaurants for a special occasion. The fact there's a button in each booth to summon champagne is completely ridiculous but fits the celebratory vibe. I'm unlikely to return in a hurry (I haven't got a yacht either), but I'd definitely recommend it.

Saint

This place is totally unqiue. There's no other restaurant quite like it in London. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's been a stalwart on the restaurant London scene since it launched in 2008. It never fails to disappoint. 

Molesworth
Staff Writer

I love this place. Beautiful surroundings; attentive staff & fabulous food & drink.The venison tartare is possibly my favouruite starter in a London restaurant.

Try & get one of the plush banquettes & feel yourself transported back in time to a more opulent & luxurious time & also amazing toilets, always one of the ways I judge a restauarant.. 


Chelsey C
Tastemaker

Bob Bob Ricard is the ideal spot to spend a lavish night drinking mid blowing cocktails.

Each dining room's decor takes inspiration from a 1920s train carriage, complete with velvet curtains and gold railings along the plush booths.

If you drink anything, it has to be the rhubarb gin and tonic; sweet and smooth all at once and hard not to drink in one go.

The decadence of this Art Deco style bar is mesmerising and a must for any one who is a fan of interiors.

Even the toilets are incredible!!

KJ
Tastemaker

Bob Bob Ricard transports you a world away from bustling soho, to a rather opulent Russian train carriage that offers champagne at the touch of a button.

The attentive staff, fine decor and irresistible food makes Bob Bob Ricard a must for a luxury experience for all senses. The famous press for champagne button was a joy with the ‘champagne man’ appearing within minutes ready to top up your glass. Additionally the cocktails were amazingly fresh and tasty with subtle depth that didn’t over power the food. The food, starters, mains and dessert passed my expectations. The fine quality was evident and generous portions were satisfying. It is somewhere to splash the cash, esp if you start the night with -18deg vodka shots and choose from he caviar menu. For a special occasion, it's a must! Vegetarian options were also delicious.

ashley c
Tastemaker

Another of my favourite places in London. The ambiance and the decor are unique in London. Russian opulence for sure. Whenever I eat here I feel like I'm in a 1920's train travelling first class on the trans-Siberian railway. Also there's a champagne button what more do you need.


The first time I came here the downstairs are provided much entertainment for our group whilst we tried to gather what the scary russian looking bouncer could possibly be guarding.

Laura H

Bob Bob Ricard is one of my favourite places to eat in London. The setting is beautiful (think 1920's speakeasy meets the luxury of the Titanic) and the booths and table are intimate without taking away the atmosphere of the restaurant. The beef wellington is, simply put, the most delicious thing I have ever eaten, the only downside is that you need two people to eat it! The 'press for champagne' button is the best thing ever invented. I love it so much

katerina

Firstly 5 stars for their fitout. The place looks amazing. Secondly you can press a button for more champagne. Genius! I went at lunchtime so it was perhaps missing a bit of atmosphere that a dinner trade would have. The menu to be honest wasn't stand out. My food was nice but not to die for. Great place for a date or celebration.

Beau

It was the worse customer service and the hospitality I have ever seen in London. Although the food was ok and the ambiance was good, the management was very unprofessional towards the guests

Dawson

I never normally write reviews but had to for Bob Bob Ricard...had been there several times for cocktails in the basement bar which is excellent. Ate there for the first time a few weeks ago and had a fantastic evening in fun, classy yet unpretentious surroundings. Chicken pie was so so good, as were the starters (truffley potato dumplings..yum), and we had a melting golden ball of chocolate for dessert which was as fun as it sounds! What really stood out was the service which was outstanding. Now my favourite place to eat in London!!

Bert D.

Very enjoyable place with fantastic atmosphere and attentive service. The strawberry souffle and the rhubarb gin and tonic are highly recommended! Well worth putting your sunday best on for.

Maggs

Great lunch on Saturday. Stunning decor and great food, a real treat for all the family coming in from outside London.