63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW +44 2036417636
- 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.
Exceptional food and friendly service.
29 April 2015
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.
63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW
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Customer reviews for Arbutus
((((( 29 April 2015 by Paul Harnedy from Solihull
Exceptional food and friendly service.
((*** 21 April 2015 by Helen from London
We were disappointed at the service. I felt like we were treated differently as we had booked the bookatable deal and the level of attention was lacking.
We had mentioned some allergies beforehand but this was not taken into consideration and I was served something that I could not eat. Even when I told the waiter, instead of taking it away he said it should be fine but he would check. Then the manager comes and says no it's fine, that item can be made without eggs. On my persistrnce that i didnt think it was possible, he took it and said he would check with the kitchen very reluctantly. Said manager didn't return and Sent another waiter to apologise for the error. It's almost like I wasn't worth their effort as I had allergies plus I wasn't ordering off the alacarte menu.
Food was alright, but our party won't be heading back.
((*** 26 March 2015 by Neil Morgan from London
Great food and atmosphere but very noisy, probably because ceiling is low! Very imaginative and tasty food
((*** 26 March 2015 by Gavin Witt from London
There were a few things to like about Arbutus, such as the refreshing Spring Martini. Pig's head was very good, as was beef and Ox cheeks. Unfortunately, wild garlic veloute was spoiled by the addition of a supposedly poached, but actually raw, egg. Poached cod was a bit undercooked and underwhelming, plum clafoutis was dense and chewy. We also had a bit of trouble ordering extra bread, which never materialised on the table, but did on the bill, and wine, which we managed to order at the second time of asking. Waiters were friendly and accepting of our feedback on what was overall a disappointing meal.
((((( 2 March 2015 by Paul D from London
Good food, good wine, good service reasonably priced for the 3 course with cocktail menu. The only criticism was the size of the 2 mains we had. Mullet seemed quite small and ox cheek was very big. Both meals were delicious and we had a very nice evening. Would definitely recommend.
((((( 20 February 2015 by Simon Eastlake from London
Great food and service would recommend.
((*** 17 February 2015 by Richard Shell from Romford
All four courses came up Luke warm, not up to standard for Michelin star
((((( 14 February 2015 by Rohini Sharma from Kingston upon Thames
The service and food was amazing, I had a great time
(((** 12 February 2015 by Dora Ma from London
The food was good, but not that great and definitely not michelin star standard. The food really lacked variations in flavours, and some of the dishes uninspiring and on the heavy side.
All the waiters were very accommodating and especially friendly, although the service was let down by the lady at the door who was verging on rude.
((*** 11 February 2015 by Kenny Yeo from London
There is simply nothing to rave about at Arbutus. I'm really glad I only did the Bookatable deal so I didn't fork out that much (I do these deals as a testing ground before I go again for a la carte/tasting menus) Despite being a Michelin-rated restaurant, everything felt a bit...crass.
Firstly, the ambience - the tables are set way, way, WAY too close to one another (to probably maximize diner-to-sq ft ratio, sheesh) and it just made the whole place cacophonous. I could also listen in on the conversations of the table beside us; everyone was screaming to get heard.
Secondly, the service - no one was mean, but service was essentially non-existent. Granted it was because the restaurant was over in capacity and understaffed. It was also not mentioned to us that a second serving of bread (cold stale hard bread) wasn't free, so please note this before you ask for a second round (I don't like it when waiting staff aren't transparent about these things)
Thirdly, the food - nothing much to say except really underwhelming. Food wasn't bad it just wasn't great. It was just very uninspired, and the starter was tiny but the main was ginormous. Dessert turned out to be the best. Cocktail at the start was honestly quite strange.
Anyway, definitely not returning again. What a shame :/
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