Bob Bob Ricard (Soho)

  

So a couple of weeks ago it was my birthday and my parents kindly offered to take me out for supper. They also said I could choose where we went which made things tricky as there are a lot of places in London I want to try. I’d heard good things about Bob Bob Ricard and had also heard it was quite a fun place so that’s where we settled on.

You walk in and there’s lots of dark wood and marble and it all looks pretty grand. We were shown to our table which was a booth (most of the tables seem to be booths) and it was a bit like being in an old fashioned train carriage which was pretty cool. I saw this button and got way too over excited. If someone would like to install one in my house (and supply the champagne) then I definitely won’t be complaining!!  

We pressed the button and voila! It’s like magic.  

Then it was time to decide what to eat, and it was not easy as everything sounded really tasty. The menu is British and Russian food and the emphasis seemed to be on good ingredients and hearty food.   

We finally decided on what to have. Mum went for the Beetroot and goats cheese salad – thinly sliced beetroot with whipped goats cheese and broadbeans. I tried some of it and it was very light and tasty.     

My brother Ed decided he didn’t really fancy a starter, and Dad and I both went for the Lobster, crab and shrimp pelmeni (my dad has realised by now that if he orders the same thing as me then he can avoid me taking photos of his food!) I love pelmeni (they’re Russian dumplings) but usually have had them with meat so these were a bit different to usual but seriously delicious.     

Having eaten our way through the starters it was time for the mains. This was also a hard decision to make as everything looked really good but I asked the waitress what she would recommend and I wasn’t disappointed. We had a pretty great table of food (sorry I only managed to capture half the food, I didn’t want to make a big scene and have to stand on my chair to get it all in!!)  

Mum went for the chicken, mushroom and champagne pie. It was huge and the pastry lid was so cool with their logo on it! My mum is known for making an excellent chicken pie (one day I will put the recipe up) but I think that this one is pretty up there on the rankings of epic chicken pies – it might have something to do with all the champagne!  

Dad went for the steak with foie gras and apple which we said was very good. 

Ed went for the veal steak, also apparently very good.   

I chose the baked sole, stuffed with lobster in champagne sauce. It doesn’t get much more decadent than that! It was super fresh fish wrapped around lobster. It was so delicious and wasn’t something I’d seen on a menu before so was nice to have something a bit different. 

  

And we got a lot of portions of chips. They come in little boxes which I thought was cute. 

  

Then came the desserts… I was pretty full from all the food we’d eaten so far but with a selection this good, and the fact it was my birthday, I thought it would be rude not to!   

Ed chose the sorbets and vodka (probably because there was vodka involved!), Dad went for the dulce de leche crème brulée which looked and also apparently tasted pretty good. With crème brulée being on offer in so many restaurants I liked that they did something a little bit different. 

  

Mum didn’t have a pudding as she just likes to sample everyone else’s (it doesn’t count as calories of someone else orders it, right?!)

I went for the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory. I’d heard about it and read about it on other blogs so I was really excited to try it. They put a golden wafer orb in front of you and then the magic happens…

  

…chocolate sauce is poured over it…

  

…and the wafer melts to reveal chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, berries and jelly. Not only was it really fun but it was also seriously delicious. A chocolate lover’s dream!! 

  

The waitress also overheard my family wishing me a happy birthday so they gave me an ice cream type cake. I’m not entirely sure what was in it but it was really tasty, and they put a sparkler in it! 

  

I would seriously recommend Bob Bob Ricard. I’d heard from various people that the place is fun but the food seemed to have mix reviews. In my opinion the food was great. The 4 of us all have quite different preferences when it comes to food but there really is something for everyone. Press for champagne buttons, monogrammed champagne pie, melting chocolate glories and vodka sorbets, what’s not to love?! Whilst it’s not the sort of place you’d go for a quick supper, it is definitely a good place to go for an occasion. I had a great birthday and will definitely be going back again, huge thanks to my family for taking me (and Bob Bob Ricard for great food, especially the surprise cake and sparkler!)

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