Bob Bob Ricard

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  • British
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Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Soho

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
Contact:
Address: 1 Upper James Street
London
W1F 9DF
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10pm 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

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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TastemakerSpammer

Pretty perfect in every way - food, service, interior, ambience.  Expensive, yes, but very very good.


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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.