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Arbutus - opening soon in Soho


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#1 Matthew Grant

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 05:40 AM

Some of you will know that I am friends with Anthony Demetre and William Smith so I think I'm probably allowed to say that following the report in the Caterer a couple of days ago Anthony and Will have completed a deal and will be opening their new restaurant called Arbutus in Frith Street on the site of Tartufo. Anthony previously worked at the same site with Bruno Loubet there when it was Bistro Bruno before working at L'Odeon where he and William met before opening Putney Bridge where they were awarded a Michelin star.

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! :smile:
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#2 BRIGHTON CHEF

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 10:21 AM

I could be wrong, quite a common name, was William Smith the restaurant manager at Restaurant Number One @ The Balmoral in Edinburgh about 5-6 years ago (before it got a make over by David Collins)

#3 Matthew Grant

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:36 PM

Sorry, only just saw this. William did work at the Balmoral as well.
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#4 Andy Lynes

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:27 AM

Hopefully Anthony and William are gonna take this site and make it evergreen (a small joke for all the gardening fans of Will Young out there - yes, I mean you madam).

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:22 PM

Does the broadleaf evergreen (also called madrone or madrone) for which this restaurant is named occur in the UK, or is it a reference to elsewhere?
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#6 Andy Lynes

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 01:58 PM

They used to grow in Soho square apparently. I'm not sure about it as a name for a restaurant though, bit obscure isn't it?

#7 Matthew Grant

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 02:53 AM

Arbutus will be opening for business on 15th May with a 50% discount for the first few days. I've seen some drafts of the menus and a 50% discount will be a good deal, you may even get a chance to eat the rabbit cottage pie that I liked from Putney Bridge.

I'm hoping to be able to post some more examples from the menu in the next couple of days :smile:

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#8 Matthew Grant

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:22 AM

Arbutus now has a telephone number : 0207 734 4545 and I believe they will be taking reservations from Monday. I've still not got menu details at the moment but they will be running 50% off from Monday 15th May until Thursday 19th May inclusive as an introductory offer. After that it will be full price but Anthony and Will are keen to keep prices competitive. All 60 bottles of wine on the list will be available in 250ml carafes which will give people the chance to sample some wines they may not have considered before. House champagne will be £6.50 a glass, Espressos or Macchiato's will be £1.75 and long coffees (latte, cappuccino etc) will be £2.00 - an excellent effort in my opinion.

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:

Arbutus Restaurant
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#9 Andy Lynes

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 10:07 AM

Really looking forward to this. I know Anthony and William are planning on delivering a totally different product from Putney Bridge. This could potentially be a really exciting addition to the London scene.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 11:02 AM

We'll book in for the first week :biggrin:

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 12:27 PM

We'll book in for the first week  :biggrin:

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Maybe we'll see you there Sarah :cool:

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 12:00 AM

We'll book in for the first week  :biggrin:

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Maybe we'll see you there Sarah :cool:

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Sure thing, if you want to meet the step-mother-in-law :huh:
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#13 Andy Lynes

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 02:58 AM

Looks like they are going to be egulleted to the gunnels - I'm looking forward to a lunch there at the back end of the first week.

#14 Matthew Grant

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:05 AM

I'm attending often enough in the first week that they will probably have a commemorative plaque erected next to my table :biggrin:
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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 :biggrin:

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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.

#16 Matthew Grant

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 03:43 AM

Mainly because I'm in town 3 times that week to meet friends who are looking for somewhere reasonably priced to eat so this fits the bill.

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.
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#17 Matthew Grant

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:43 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).

Edited by Matthew Grant, 09 May 2006 - 02:43 AM.

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#18 Winot

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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).

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The answer phone message says offer runs to Thursday 18th May.

#19 Matthew Grant

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:17 AM

Very confusing, take the answerphone message as Gospel and ignore me. :wacko:

Edit to add: Just spoke to Anthony, he misinformed me :rolleyes: 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.

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#20 Matthew Grant

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:06 AM

This is the menu with the full prices, very competitively priced IMO. Quite a large menu but at least it gives me plenty to work my way through. A few remnants from the menu at Putney Bridge as well and even a couple of dishes for the offal lovers among you.

ARBUTUS

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

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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)
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Also - Lunch (daily) and Pre-Theatre (5pm-7pm Monday-Saturday)
3 courses £15.50
(Sample Menu)

Poached hen’s egg, lentils, shallots and parsley salad
Leeks vinaigrette

Slow-cooked belly of pork with crushed potatoes
Fillet of sea bass with Provençal garnish

Chocolate tart
Seasonal cheese with salad
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#21 vytoh

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:33 AM

DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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!

#22 SarahL

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:50 AM

Sounds wonderful. We're booked in for Monday night. Are you on commission, Matthew?!

#23 Matthew Grant

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:06 AM

Most definitely not, I actually feel guilty going along on the discount days, it feels like I'm robbing them :laugh:
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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:09 AM

That all sounds great, especially the pig's head.

Booked in for Wednesday, looking forward to it.

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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 :laugh:

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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!

#26 Matthew Grant

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:18 AM

I only booked 2 on discount nights actually, the rest I will happily be paying full price.

I shall be sitting anonymously :cool: at my table trying to work out who's who :raz:
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 03:30 AM

Also booked in for Wednesday. Taking 3 Canadians, so you can spot us by the accents.

Does this give me enough time to make up my mind between the rabbit and the lamb? :wacko:

Any chance of a sneak preview of the wine list??

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#28 Rian

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 07:51 AM

Change of plan - now going tonight instead. Anyone else going to be around for the opening?

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 10:08 AM

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 11:35 AM

I'll have to cut off a very interesting thread.

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Where's that, then? It ain't here! :rolleyes: