I have always been a lover of social media and back in the days of MySpace, Bebo, Faceparty (we’re not even going to mention Habbo Hotel), the journey of social media has been a huge part of growing-up on the internet. Gone are the days where social media lingered only in your home but now it’s well-encompassed into our everyday lives, wherever you may be.
My new love affair is with Instagram, which has led to obsessing over beautiful imagery and also attempting to create that perfect messy-but-not-really picture. Bob Bob Ricard has to be one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in London and there’s a few reasons why; beautiful food, stunning interior and even a champagne button, it was only a matter of time before I joined the crowd.
Arriving in Soho after a busy Wednesday, the restaurant is located a few seconds away from the bottom of Carnaby Street.
Modelled on the Orient Express, the restaurant is visually stunning with booth seating (even for two), marble table tops and plenty of red and gold furnishings. Bob Bob Ricard manages to create an air of elegance whilst still feeling comfortable and warm.
Now the restaurant seems to understand the deepest desires of a woman; champagne. With a button only inches away, it was dangerously seductive.
After a few sips of champagne, we finally took a glance at the menu. Our first starter of choice was the seabass ceviche.
Avid readers will understand how much I love ceviche and this was just as good as some of the best in London. The light refreshing seabass with the creamy avocado was incredible and a perfect start to our meal.
I’m a huge fan of oysters but when seeing a Russian speciality baked with parmesan and truffle, I was intrigued. I’ve only ever ordered oysters served in their purest form, with added optional additions of lemon or tabasco and this was truly different to anything I’ve tasted before.
The rich parmesan and truffle with the salty undertone was incredibly gluttonous and I’m glad we ordered the dish but it won’t be for everyone. If you’re an oyster obsessive you may be disappointed as the taste of the sea is lost amongst the strong flavours.
Our side order of crushed peppered sweetcorn was the most disappointing of the evening, leaving the palate uninspired and craving something a little more exciting.
Now one of the most indulgent dishes from the menu is the beef Wellington and at £45pp it doesn’t come cheap. Beef Wellington is not a dish I tend to lean towards as I’m not a fan of savoury pastry dishes and find them a little heavy. Steering away from the norm, we couldn’t help but be tempted by Bob Bob Ricard’s offering.
The beef was wonderfully cooked with a glistening pink rare centre, the pastry was crispy, flaky and buttery enough to compliment the beef and it was delightful to see that it wasn’t too thick.
Now the signature chocolate glory is a dessert that is all over the internet, my apologies for adding to the mound but there’s no way we were going to miss the opportunity. Shared between two, we watched the glistening chocolate melt the golden exterior to reveal sweet ‘jewels’. Being brutally honest, it was more than a little disappointing. The highlight was certainly the theatrics and although there was plenty of sweet chocolatey goodness, the flavours weren’t anything spectacular and not worth the hefty price of £12.
Outstanding service, luxurious interior and food that’s makes you wonder if you’re royalty, Bob Bob Ricard has it all. The restaurant embodies the beauty, magic and excitement of being in London and when I want another evening to remember, I know I’ll be back… Especially to lure friends into living in the city.
– Bob Bob Ricard, Soho