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Quo Vadis

Restaurants, British Soho

Time Out says

An upmarket all-day British restaurant.

Quo Vadis – a bona-fide Soho institution – is less than ten years from its centenary. And as part of its recent ninetieth birthday celebrations, the old girl has had a bit of a spruce up. The fact that renovations were made to make more space for celebrated tapas bar Barrafina next door (also owned by Sam and Eddie Hart) does slightly detract from this very smart restaurant’s own achievements, though. The room is now definitively petite, filling up at peak times with the same old confidence and old-school Soho characters. The familiar stained-glass windows – a QV calling card – maintain the chic levels. Service is as sharp as ever, if perhaps a little impersonal.

British standards from the kitchen are still given modern flourishes and QV fans will be relieved to see old favourites like the smoked eel sarnie and a ‘pie of the day’ still on the menu. A gamey pheasant pie with lashings of silky mash on the side was perfect comfort food and plenty to share between two. A crab and fennel salad was coated in a fresh vinaigrette and came with generous helpings of crab meat. Skate cheeks were great for snacking on the side; piping hot little bundles of flesh coated in breadcrumbs, these are surely QV’s answer to the croquetas being devoured next door. I’m looking forward to the big 100.


Address: 26-29 Dean Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road
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