The crowd – before and after (completely full!)
I was looking for a nice restaurant in Soho a few weeks ago, to have a pre-theatre dinner before my ballet at the Royal Opera House (Swan Lake was amazing. I’m not sure if there are any performances left for the season. If there are tickets available, I’d definitely recommend it – it was completely sold out the last time I checked). Having dined at her sister restaurants (Le Deux Salons (review in the new future) and Wild Honey – review here), I thought I’d give Arbutus a try! Arbutus was the first of the three restaurant to be opened by Anthony Demetre and Will Smith. It serves modern European cuisine (just like Wild Honey) and earned it’s first Michelin star in 2007. The restaurant is spread over two rooms. The first consisting of a long marble tabled bar and the second with regular tables and black leather seats.
Having dined at its sister restaurants previously (Le Deux Salons and Arbutus – reviews in the near future), I was keen to dine at Wild Honey, which has been said to be best restaurant among the three. Wild Honey has one Michelin star to its name and it sits on Saint George Street in Mayfair, which transforms into a quiet area in the evening after the Bond Street shoppers leave for the day.
A couple of Fridays ago, I managed to get a last minute reservation for two at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. This restaurant only opened its doors in 2011 but has already earned one Michelin star and was the highest new entry for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2012, earning the 9th spot. Needless to say, I was very very excited to dine there. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves British food but no, not the typical British food that you’re thinking of right now. The restaurant serves food inspired by recipes from the 13th to 19th century.
We went for the a la carte menu and had champagne and bread with salt-sprinkled butter while waiting eagerly for our starters to arrive..