Bob Bob Ricard is one of my favourite special occasion restaurants and with very good reason…
Where to begin? It’s hard to say because Bob Bob Ricard is the full dining experience; every element comes together to create a lasting impression on diners.
Let’s start with the decor, with its art deco design and tables set in private booths Bob Bob Ricard is unashamedly opulent and feels at odds with itself: it’s inviting in its exclusivity and gives a firm nod to the Orient Express.
All staff are dressed in uniform and they are exceptionally attentive – you only have to hit the famous ‘press for champagne’ button in your booth to see them in action! – but they’re not intrusive; nor do they impose their presence during your meal which is a mark of the calibre of restaurant they work in.
Now, onto the really important stuff: the food. My word, the food. As we were going for substantial main courses we decided not to have starters.
The menu is a real nod to the restaurants Russian roots and mixes traditional Russian dishes with more familiar European meals with ease. The website references comfort food and that is exactly how I’d describe it; but comfort food of exceptional standard.
Callum chose the lobster mac and cheese and it arrived beautifully presented, full of lobster and cooked to perfection. Needless to say I think he was pretty pleased with his choice which was a relief as it was his birthday and I’d picked the restaurant…. eek!
I went for my favourite dish: chicken, mushroom and champagne pie with my all time favourite side of honey and thyme roasted carrots and parsnips.
The pie was absolute perfection, succulent perfectly cooked pieces of chicken, a good amount of mushrooms and the most exceptional truffle and champagne sauce. The pastry was perfectly cooked and the pie beautifully presented. The vegetables were beautifully roasted and so full of flavour. If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life this would be a strong contender.
Main courses complete we went straight into dessert. Callum ordered the chocolate fondant with ice cream: it was a beautiful rich fondant and the ice-cream was the perfect balance.
I went for the Eton Mess en Perle which is similar to my all time favourite dessert: the BBR signature chocolate glory. The shell falls away to reveal sorbet, cream and jellies and is a real winner, not to mention an absolute show stopper.
Finally, when we thought we could eat no more: this super cute little birthday dessert arrived and there’s always room for birthday dessert!
I should also mention that Bob Bob Ricard have an extensive champagne and wine list that needs to be seen to be believed and their cocktails really hit the spot. One point to note though is they don’t have a bar that you can sit at for drinks so don’t arrive early and make plans for drinks after because there isn’t anywhere to accommodate you.
You’ve probably gathered that at night at Bob Bob Ricard isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny and is probably my favourite restaurant in London along with Hakkasan. If you haven’t been then I would suggest you save it for a special occasion and make a night of it, you won’t regret it.