We got to know of Arbutus Restaurant from a friend of ours while out on a walk with him in the heart of Soho, London. He had pointed it out for its Michelin one-star status and suggested that it would make a nice place for me and the missus to check out on a date.
We did just so by heading to there for dinner on 31 December 2011 under a two-hour time slot. The restaurant had required all diners to complete their meals within two-hours to accommodate other diners seeking a good celebratory meal on New Year’s Eve.
Interestingly, Asians seemed to be over-represented among the restaurant’s dining crowd that evening. In London, one knows that a place serves good food by the number of Asian diners that a restaurant attracts on any given occasion. The more of them the better the food and value for money.
The restaurant serves modern European cuisine and holds a philosophy of turning seasonal and inexpensive ingredients into interesting dishes.
We had the three-course menu beginning with a Mediterranean fish soup and a squid and mackerel burger with bamboo clam dish for our starters. The Mediterranean fish soup had a comforting taste of bouillabaisse that reminded us of our travels in France.
No surprises were served.
Our New Year’s Eve dinner at Arbutus whizzed by with quick and efficient service in a well-lit dining environment that gave our dining experience a clinical feel. On the flip-side, the food was delicious and inexpensive, which more than made up for everything.
We don’t mind returning to Arbutus again.
Arbutus Restaurant, London
63-64 Frith Street
London W1D 3JW
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