Antidote Wine Bar and Restaurant

Restaurants, French Soho
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Antidote Wine Bar and Restaurant

This wine bar has been open for years, but early in 2014 it upped its game considerably by hiring a well-regarded chef-consultant, Mikael Jonsson, of Hedone restaurant in Chiswick.

Jonsson’s not manning the tiny kitchen, but he does supply the bread from his restaurant, and offers pointers on the menu. On our visit we were therefore disappointed to find that one of our baskets of bread (charged at £3.50) was the baking equivalent of bin-ends, a random assortment of offcuts – some of which were stale; the replacement basket was fresh.

A blackboard menu lists appealing, but pricey nibbles: good charcuterie and cheeses, scallop ceviche and pork shoulder were among the options. The dishes we had bore little relationship to the ones described though, as so many ingredients had been substituted – (Cevennes) onion had been replaced with boring broccoli on our pork dish, for example). Hedone restaurant this is not.  

But if you change your culinary expectations and come along for a casual and lively wine bar experience, you’ll be very satisfied. The French sommelier is enthusiastic, and the excellent selection of mostly ‘natural’ wines, supplied by small producers, offers plenty of interest by the glass. The location, right in the heart of west Soho, is another plus.

By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Antidote Wine Bar and Restaurant
Address: 12A Newburgh Street
Opening hours: Open Noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £70
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I met a friend here on a Friday evening and it was pretty easy to get a spot at the bar. We were just after a glass of wine and a few nibbles and we were disappointed on both fronts. The wines by the glass were all pretty average and pricey given the quality. The nibbles on the blackboard weren't especially enticing, we ordered the mix of charcuterie which for £16 proved to be somewhat unsubstantial and it's one of those types of places that gives you very little to accompany it. Sad to say I'm not a fan.