There have been so many moments, when me and Alex were on the way to our date night, where we have stumbled upon an unexplored area of London. For us anyway, I’m not talking Christopher Columbus style here, but due to how expansive this city is, we have probably only walked along 1% of the streets in the centre, so far. New places equals new outfit photos, so we shot some snaps in Grosvenor Square Garden against sunny greenery, and of course, my hair was newly Purpled. Or Purped, as I like to call it. The Taylor Morris Sunglasses are newbies to the collection, in a cool grey tortoise print, and the Topshop black lace up flats are great dupes for the Aquazurra Christy Flats that I have been trying to buy for months now. I need to get over that one, as these dupes look the part. They are really comfy, but after a few hours, my feet did start to rub the backs of them, but at this moment, I was absolutely loving how cute they were. I was also in a slightly warmer knit than this weather may allow now, as it was a touch chillier, but next time I would just swap this out for a stripey tee. I adore this Whistles cashmere knit, it was such a wonderful find.
We made it to Bob Bob Ricard a little before my family members, and immediately propped up the bar, ordering bellinis and a whisky concoction for Alex. The waiter was truly sweet, really making us feel welcome, asking us what we wanted to drink and adding his own flare to the preparation. He also showed us the ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons on every table, which light up the bar with your table number, ready for a waiter to wheel over a new bottle to your table. The place is dressed in a 1920’s Art Deco style, with small leather booths, marbled tops, low lit yellow lighting with gold plated edgings and Art Deco geometry. We were totally taken with the place as soon as we entered.
As soon as we had been seated, we kicked off with a selection of starters. Caviar by Petrossian of Paris came in a gorgeous tin, served with blinis and creme fraise. I tried a few portions, I had to, it was Caviar, and it was actually quite delicious. We also tried the Goats cheese and beetroot salad, the Seabass Ceviche with avocado and the Venison Steak tartare. It was all so beautiful, and presented in such a modern yet 1920’s style, on flamboyant crystal glass plates.
And due to the style of cuisine, we also had to try some of the Oysters, ordering six grilled with a Bernaise sauce dressing, and another six with parmesan and black truffle. Russian style of course, with a shot of ice cold vodka. Whilst I personally did not try any, Alex and my Uncle Kevin and Andy absolutely loved them and managed to finish every last one. At this point, we also tried the Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Pelmeni, traditional dumplings with Salmon Roe, which again were delicious and such a new and unusual taste to my tastebuds.
We were then brought our main meals, with myself and Alex ordering a succulent Beef Wellington for two. A 28 day aged fillet of Scotch beef wrapped in truffle, foie gras and pastry and cooked to absolute perfection. My Uncle Kevin went for the Pork Belly whilst Andrew chose the Filet Mignon Rossini, and both looked and tasted beautiful. We cut through the wellington into the perfectly pinked meat inside and all ‘Oooed’ at how delightful it looked. The presentation and quality of the food was truly outstanding, not to mention the impeccable service from the restaurant manager. We sipped on wine and had a few moments of silence whilst we devoured our fantastic food in front of us.
And the meal could not be finished without a dessert, so whilst I chose the Stawberries and Cream Souffle, which arrived risen and light and puffy and perfect, Alex chose the Eton Mess En perle, Kevin ordered the Signature Chocolate Glory which you can see just below, and Andrew ordered the Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee. The Chocolate Glory was brought to the table, coated in gold, which melted with a dribble of hot chocolate sauce over the dome. It’s always so exciting to see your food morph in front of you before you eat it, especially when hot chocolate sauce is involved. We all gave little sighs of joy with each spoonful of dessert and eyed up each others choices.
There really is nothing negative I could say about such an established and professional restaurant. Thank you to Bob Bob Ricard for a wonderful afternoon. The food was exquisite, the decor offered such a fantastic ambience and the service was outstanding. We left very full and extremely happy and we cannot wait to go back. This is a place you truly must try if you’re looking for somewhere very special in central London and you have a little more cash to spend.
Have you tried Bob Bob Ricard, or are you thinking of doing so? Please do let me know below. And if you have any recommendations of more places to visit, please do leave a comment, as we need more date night restaurants!
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