63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW 0203 641 7636
- Main course: £17
- Food spend: £50
- Opening hours
- Lunch, Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30, Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00. Dinner, Monday to Thursday: 17:00 - 23:00, Sunday: 17:30 - 22:30.
Great service, delicious cocktails and a FANTASTIC tarte au tatin!
15 November 2014
from London Borough of Southwark
Inventive contemporary European bistro-style cuisine has earned Soho’s Arbutus bistro deluxe restaurant a much deserved Michelin star. The multi award-winning restaurant serves charming and flavourful French and European dishes in a smart and sophisticated setting.
With imagination and creative flair, Arbutus restaurant London serves staunchly seasonal dishes alongside plats du jour. Whilst ever-changing, the Arbutus menu often features favourites such as the Cornish mullet with soft herb risotto, saddle of rabbit with caramelised endive and the slow cooked Scottish beef with roast salsify. Desserts include cold chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream and appealing morbier cheese. Arbutus restaurant Soho also boasts an selective, cosmopolitan wine list of around 50 labels, with all bins available in 250ml carafes.
In relaxed and intimate surroundings, Arbutus restaurant London is a sleek and seductively-lit restaurant, with plush leather seating in its long, spacious dining room. Arbutus London is just a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.
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Customer reviews for Arbutus
(**** 26 November 2014 by Tony Cooke from London
Very disappointing food,charming waitress but not very knowledgeable about the food.
(((** 26 November 2014 by Honorine Nhingpannha-palomba from London
We had dinner at Arbutus on a friday night and had a set menu which was a good value. The cocktail included in the price wasn't of great quality whereas the food was very good. The restaurant was very busy, and loud, the staff overwhelmed with work, not really the ambiance I would expect from a Starred Michelin restaurant.
(**** 25 November 2014 by Eric Fiesco from London
Upon entering the restaurant the 2 ladies greeting customers seemed unable to find my booking even though I'd called a few minutes before because we were stuck in traffic. When they did find our booking the lady said: oh they're bookatable. Implying, it seemed, that we were a lesser customer. I was also reminded at least 3 times that the table would be needed by 9 pm we'd arrived at 7:15 rather than 7 due to traffic but I'd called the restaurant and yes they reminded me on the all that they'd need the table by 9 pm. I understood the first, the second and indeed the third time. Moreover the 2 ladies who greeted us were very young one dressed in seemingly the uniform worn by the other staff but the 'non waiteress' wore a flowery Laura Ashley esque dress with a cardigan that was utterly out of place. When we sat down I asked for the a la cart menu.... I had to ask for a second menu shortly after. It seemed my fiancée wasn't to see said menu. Shortly after and I mean within 2 minutes the bread arrived, the brown was fine but the white bread was rock solid. They then got our starters wrong and brought 2 of the same (mackrel) but the manner I which the waitress apologised was embarrassingly naive a d this was the theme throughout. Almost childish behaviour from the waitress. She then got the cutlery wrong giving me a stake knife for my fish main, informed me I would be having the John Dory when I'd ordered the cod. Clearly she had no idea what we were having because she asked my fiancée what was she havine for mains. Neverthe less the food was very nice but I noticed that when I went to the bathroom my napkin was not rearrange or put on my lap when I sat down. However a couple next to us who were having the a la carte menu had a very different service, the staff were attentive with them and upon sitting g at the table had their napkin folded on their lap. Finally after we'd had a bottle of wine I asked for 2 additional glasses I was reminded of the time left again
(((** 21 November 2014 by David Whitlam from London
We booked the Bookatable tasting menu. This was four small courses and a very delicious cocktail. The bar staff and reception staff were delightful. Our server was sweet though not very well informed about the food we were getting.
Although the courses in the tasting menu were interesting, I would not return to eat the 'cut down' menu again. The lamb dish, which is a signature of Arbutus, was really a very small piece of lamb indeed, accompanied by an oversized round dish containing a kind of moussaka with potato top. I found this dish rather dry. My starter was delightful and my friend's was a velouté with mushroom , which was also delicious. Thanks to the restaurant we got a corner table and enjoyed a little privacy. The coffee arrived with very nice petits fours.
I would like to return to eat from the a la carte menu.
One non-culinary observation: sitting where we did I could sense a smell coming from the toilets down the stairs which kept recurring.
((((( 15 November 2014 by Lindsey Anderson from London Borough of Southwark
Great service, delicious cocktails and a FANTASTIC tarte au tatin!
((((* 15 November 2014 by Caroline from London
We had a lovely dinner last night at Arbutus. Having been recommended it by several people I was excited to try. Indeed the food was wonderful and the service was good too - the only niggle being that we had to ask for water three times. However we had a lovely relaxed dinner and would definitely go back, especially if we see their set menu on offer again.
((*** 12 November 2014 by Mark Riddick from London
Very friendly service. Bit confused on our reservation (had to tell them that we had a special deal). Have eaten here three times before (always lunch and always good). This time disappointing - starters delicious but luke warm, main course same, cheese and dessert courses excellent. All in all a little underwhelming which embarrassed me as it was me who had recommended this restaurant to my wife and friends (my friends would very rarely eat at a michelin starred restaurant)
(((** 8 November 2014 by Joanna Bisdee from London
To be honest we were a bit disappointed - I have been there before for lunch and had an amazing meal - this time it was a bit so so. Also not great service or friendliness from serving staff. Not sure I'd go back to be honest.
((((* 8 November 2014 by Clare Copeland from London
Great food, good ambience. Highly recommended.
(((** 6 November 2014 by David Ginsberg from London
We went to Arbutus for our wedding anniversary taking advantage of the Booktable deal of £35 for 4 courses. We have been to Arbutus before and enjoyed it, though it did seem much noiser than last time, one couple asked to move because of it. The service was exemplary especially as I accidently broke a glass and the staff cleared up replacing our dessert and allowed us to finish our meal in comfort. Top marks there to a genuinely friendly and energetic staff. Food was hit and miss though. My wife had the soup which was very good indeed but my smoked trout with apple didn't taste of much, more of a spring dish than something to keep the cold out. My main of crispy lamb was lovely though a sharper knife would have been good. My wife dissapointed with her stuffed dover sole, a very small portion with not enough sauce. The cheese course was great really creamy cheese with a nice addition of pear. I loved the dessert of orange cake with orange sorbet so the meal ended on a high. I think at the end of the day we got what we paid for but the usual Arbutus magic was missing. Drinks were really good, the fact you can order pretty much everything by the glass allows you to try some cracking wines. Best by far was a Lebanese Viognier. So in conclusion a very nice meal my mishap aside though the food could have been better.