I had the most wonderful birthday dinner at Quo Vadis (June 2014).
The atmosphere and décor of the restaurant set the tone for the evening, and to some extent the food itself - intimate but bustling, smart but relaxed, simple but also full of character.
All of the food at Quo Vadis is highly seasonal, and the daily menu is just wonderful to read, with charming illustrations breaking up the usual monotony of trying to pick what to eat.
We started with an aperitif - I had a dirty martini, which was very well made.
I started the meal with the crab mayonnaise - not something I would usually order, but I did my research before dining and was assured it was a sure bet. And it was delicious - a generous serving of crab - perfectly prepared (I felt very pleased not to have done any of the work myself!) - with luscious mayonnaise served on the side, a lemon to squeeze, and some delicate, crisped toasts, which allowed for generous pilings of the DIY crab mayonnaise mixture.
I moved onto a delightful brill dish - perfectly cooked brill, a zingy gremolata, utterly delicious olive oil mash, and a nice addition of some fried artichokes. This was just a joy to eat.
For dessert, I had the St Emilion au Chocolat - given how rich it was, this was an ambitious undertaking after the two previous courses, but it was really very lovely - bitter chocolate abound, balanced by a sweet almondy-macaroony base. It's entirely understandable that this is on the menu most of the time!
The wine selection is good, providing choice to suit all budgets. Our server was knowledgeable about the range also, and provided some helpful guidance. Overall, the service was attentive, though it did take a little while to pay the bill.
If it's not already obvious, I will definitely be returning! A lovely place, with lovely drinks, lovely staff, and lovely food.