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.

Arbutus Restaurant, London

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.

Our mains were a cod filet with crispy boneless chicken wings and a roast rabbit with cottage pie.

Desserts were a bitter dark chocolate and clementine mousse and a Sicilian lemon tart.

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.

Memorable Dishes:

Mediterranean fish soup (Starter)
Squid and mackerel burger with bamboo clam dish (Starter)
Roast rabbit with cottage pie (Main)

Restaurant’s Details

Arbutus Restaurant, London
63-64 Frith Street
London W1D 3JW

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