By Katie Wilson
If you haven’t pressed the famous champagne button at Bob Bob Ricard yet, stick it on your to-do list for 2021.
This iconic Soho eatery, designed to look like the Orient Express with its luxury carriage-style booths, is one of the finest restaurants in the capital.
And it’s one of the first places we’ll be stopping off once restrictions are lifted.
The champagne button – there is one at every table – is of course a novelty, but one that never gets old.
Unsurprisingly, it has earned Bob Bob the reputation of pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK.
But this place is about more than just fizz. It underwent a revamp during the last lockdown and now has a new head chef, Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Tom Peters, at the helm.
As if we needed an excuse to drink before midday, Peters has introduced a Waffle and Bellini Hour, served from 11am until noon daily.
Each one is made to order using specially commissioned waffle irons.
And if you want to feel super fancy, order the Truffle Waffle with Crispy Bacon and Fresh Truffle Maple Syrup (£16).
Other highlights from Peters include his Turbot Coulibiac for two with Champagne Sauce (£36), a twist on Bob Bob’s signature Beef Wellington, but for fish lovers.
He’s also added a double-baked Stinking Bishop cheese soufflé to the starters (£12) and put his own stamp on Bob Bob’s classic Lobster Macaroni and Cheese (£26).
And in a welcome addition to the drinks menu, you can now buy a glass of Dom Pérignon for £24.
Much of the menu remains the same, except for some new recipe-testing behind the scenes, so customers hoping to enjoy old favourites won’t be disappointed.
And the premium Vodka shots chilled to -18C, and champagne on tap whenever you want to press that famous button, is still very much part of the Bob Bob Ricard experience.
Bob Bob Ricard, at 1 Upper James Street, Soho, is open Monday to Sunday once restrictions are lifted
Photos courtesy of Bob Bob Ricard