Arbutus - opening soon in Soho
Posted 09 March 2006 - 05:40 AM
The new site is already being gutted and they will start from scratch. From what I understand the food will be different to their previous venture, it will be French but I hazard a guess that Anthony may try and add a few modern touches. They are also determined to keep prices reasonable, around £25 - £30 per person plus drinks in the evenings.
Of course I am a little biased but I look forward to this a great deal. More news when I get it!
Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:21 AM
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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:22 PM
Foodblog: In the Belly of the Feast - Eating BC
"Profumo profondo della mia carne"
Posted 15 March 2006 - 01:58 PM
Posted 28 April 2006 - 02:53 AM
I'm hoping to be able to post some more examples from the menu in the next couple of days
Edited by Matthew Grant, 28 April 2006 - 02:55 AM.
Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:22 AM
There is also a website which doesn't appear to be open at the moment but it will allow you to make online reservations as well:
Posted 06 May 2006 - 10:07 AM
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 12:00 AM
We'll book in for the first week
Maybe we'll see you there Sarah
Sure thing, if you want to meet the step-mother-in-law
Posted 08 May 2006 - 02:58 AM
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:15 AM
I'm attending often enough in the first week that they will probably have a commemorative plaque erected next to my table
Why would you do this?
I enjoy going to new restaurants, and if they are good, I like to make return trips over a period of months and years to see how it evolves.
Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:43 AM
Otherwise I agree with you, I wouldn't normally go to a place in the first week let alone 3 times. I'm curious to see how good it is in the first week, I fully expect them to hit the groung running and if it does the food will be a bargain at 50% off.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:43 AM
Edited by Matthew Grant, 09 May 2006 - 02:43 AM.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:01 AM
Due to my being an idiot the introductory offer runs from Monday 15th May until Friday 19th May inclusive (not Thursday 19th May as previously stated).
The answer phone message says offer runs to Thursday 18th May.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:17 AM
Edit to add: Just spoke to Anthony, he misinformed me Hoping to get the menu soon. Prices will be low though, starting at £5 for starters, £10.50 for main courses.
Edited by Matthew Grant, 09 May 2006 - 05:33 AM.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:06 AM
Soupe au pistou with Provençal olive oil 5.50
Warm cod brandade, young squid, sea purslane, parsley cromesqui 6.95
Crisp braised pigs head, potato purée, caramelized onion and garlic 5.00
Chicken sot-l'y-laisse (oysters), macaroni, broad beans, lemon thyme and hazelnuts 6.50
Slow cooked shoulder of lamb 'boulangère', lamb sweetbreads, spiced dates, radish leaves 7.50
Squid and mackerel burger 'a la plancha', barbecue sauce, vine cherry tomatoes 9.50
Salad of Jersey Royals, watercress, spring onions and goats curd 7.50
Smoked eel, pressed beetroot, horseradish cream, young leaves 10.50
English asparagus, soft boiled egg, vinaigrette, Parmesan 7.95
Salt beef 'pot au feu', spring vegetables, green sauce 13.50
Pied et pacquets (tripe parcels and trotters), soufflé potatoes 10.50
Roast Hereford beef rib, fat chips, shallot sauce (for 2 persons) TBC
Roast rabbit, shoulder cottage pie, Hispi cabbage, mustard sauce 13.95
Breast of veal lacquered with spices, butternut squash, cavolo nero 14.00
Poached and roasted chicken, tarragon gnocchi, garlic leaves, lemon and bacon 12.50
Elwy valley rump of lamb, tortellini of goats cheese, artichokes, tomato, Taggiascha olives 14.50
Fillet of pollack, spring greens, slow roasted onions, anchovy and rosemary 13.50
Sea bream, risotto of sea lettuce and cockles, light juice 12.00
Young Dover sole, field mushrooms 14.50 TBC
Puff pastry pithivier 13.00
Floating island with pink praline, custard 4.50
Vanilla crème brûlée, Breton biscuits, langue de chat 5.00
Classic cheesecake with strawberries, strawberry caramel 5.00
Warm chocolate soup, caramelized brioche, pecan nuts 5.00
Alphonso mango, empress rice, sorbet 6.00
Selection of ice cream and sorbets 4.50
Seasonal cheese served with a small salad 2.50 (per cheese)
Also - Lunch (daily) and Pre-Theatre (5pm-7pm Monday-Saturday)
3 courses £15.50
Poached hen’s egg, lentils, shallots and parsley salad
Slow-cooked belly of pork with crushed potatoes
Fillet of sea bass with Provençal garnish
Seasonal cheese with salad
Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:33 AM
I'm already booked in for Wednesday night. Now I can spend my days before then trying to decide what I'm going to have and then changing my mind ever 5 minutes thereafter.
Looking forward to it!
Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:50 AM
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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:09 AM
Booked in for Wednesday, looking forward to it.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:12 AM
Most definitely not, I actually feel guilty going along on the discount days, it feels like I'm robbing them
Now we know why you're going three times in a row - cramming 6 months worth of Arbutus visits in to one week so you can get them on the cheap!
Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:18 AM
I shall be sitting anonymously at my table trying to work out who's who
Posted 12 May 2006 - 03:30 AM
Does this give me enough time to make up my mind between the rabbit and the lamb?
Any chance of a sneak preview of the wine list??
Posted 15 May 2006 - 07:51 AM
Posted 15 May 2006 - 10:08 AM
If it looks like we're making dates here I'll have to cut off a very interesting thread.
"Anyone who wants to write about food would do well to stay away from
similes and metaphors, because if you're not careful, expressions like
'light as a feather' make their way into your sentences and then where are you?"
Posted 15 May 2006 - 11:35 AM