Arbutus

63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW +44 2036417636

(4.3)
European
Average
Main Course £17
Food Spend £50
Hours of Operation:
Lunch, Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30, Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00. Dinner, Monday to Thursday: 17:00 - 23:00, Sunday: 17:30 - 22:30.

Excellent atmosphere food was very good service matched the food

Malcolm Cowan 8 October 2014
From Leicester

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More about Arbutus

Inventive contemporary European bistro-style cuisine has earned Soho’s Arbutus bistro deluxe restaurant a much deserved Michelin star. The multi award-winning restaurant serves charming and flavourful French and European dishes in a smart and sophisticated setting.

With imagination and creative flair, Arbutus restaurant London serves staunchly seasonal dishes alongside plats du jour. Whilst ever-changing, the Arbutus menu often features favourites such as the Cornish mullet with soft herb risotto, saddle of rabbit with caramelised endive and the slow cooked Scottish beef with roast salsify. Desserts include cold chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream and appealing morbier cheese. Arbutus restaurant Soho also boasts an selective, cosmopolitan wine list of around 50 labels, with all bins available in 250ml carafes.

In relaxed and intimate surroundings, Arbutus restaurant London is a sleek and seductively-lit restaurant, with plush leather seating in its long, spacious dining room. Arbutus London is just a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

Customer Reviews for Arbutus

4.3

(based on 104 reviews)

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21 October 2014 by Sally Reeve from London
After having been to Arbutus before and seeing this special offer on Bookatable - we were really looking forward to going. Firstly they were not keen to let us have the table for longer that 11/2 hours- they said that was all they allowed for this offer. Secondly the menu is very limited - only 2 choices for 1st and 2nd courses. The lamb which we both chose was very poor - over cooked and very fatty - aubergine puree was cold and there was 1 leaf of braised lettuce and little jus - starter was just OK. the pear and cheese course was tiny and the choc caramel dessert was like eating aerosol whipped cream. I t was very disappointing. To be fair the restaurant was concerned by our comments and tried to make it up to us but I wouldn't go again. Can't believe this is a michelin starred restaurant.
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21 October 2014 by Axel Gille from London
I had dined at Arbutus a couple of times before and the overall experience was always good. This time however, they got it rather wrong. I've made the booking almost 2 months ago and I remember that at that time many timeslots were open, so it couldn't have been sold out at that time. Upon arrival our table wasn't ready we were offered to have a drink at the bar, which we did. When we were brought to the table it turned out that it was the worst table in the entire restaurant: squeezed into an alcove with three tables and against a wall. There was another much nicer table for two not too far away but we were told we couldn't get it as there was a group booking and that table was needed for them. It turned out that the group was booked for two hours later, they arrived when we left. We had booked a special offer menu but got the regular menu and I had to ask for the special menu. Just imagine the embarrassment if someone goes on a date there and that happens. We got the starter prior to the wine and only upon asking we were told that the wine we had ordered wasn't available. The different one we ordered arrived just in time for the main course. In terms of food I have to say it wasn't too bad, but nothing special. The starter, a "tartare" of mackerel, beetroot and roasted almonds was tasty, but not a tartare, rather pieces of the ingredients mixed together. The main, a crispy lamb was very well prepared and came with a lovely sauce but unfortunately the meat had too much of that strong lamb taste that people who don't like lamb that much dislike. (The special menu only had lamb or cod as options.). The third course consisted of two microscopicly small and thin slices of cheese and pears, nothing special, and the dessert was some non-identifiable foam and a dry chocolate something, the low of the menu. Altogether I wasn't impressed, even disappointed compared to previous dinners at Arbutus. I think that in foodie London one cannot afford that variability in quality.
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21 October 2014 by Helen Williams from London
We had booked the special set menu; unfortunately whilst it was good value the choice of 2 options per course were not to our taste so we ate from the a la carte menu. The food was very good- venison cottage pie was gorgeous! The wine list has quite a few good choices (some more lower cost would possibly be good) however the offer of 1 rose wine is too limited. Service was efficient & knowledgeable. I would recommend.
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20 October 2014 by Jacki Eames-jones from North Hertfordshire District
This was our second visit to Arbutus and it is still a great restaurant. At 6pm it was buzzing with people eating. The food is so good and service is perfect- the staff make you feel so very welcome.
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8 October 2014 by Malcolm Cowan from Leicester
Excellent atmosphere food was very good service matched the food
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3 October 2014 by Bella Bardswell from Lindon
Good food, ok service, good wine, ok atmosphere.
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2 October 2014 by Richard Stretch from Rainham
We found the staff to be very helpfull from the moment we arrived as to what was a very different menu to what two older generation
people would normally have. The service was second to none & we really enjoyed the hole experience & intend to make a repeat visit in the near future
(4)
2 October 2014 by Kristina West from Virginia Water
The food was very good, and the Bookatable deal was excellent. The service was good, the only hiccup in the evening was the dessert, which was supposed to be a soup and came as a brownie, over-cooked. When it was pointed out to the kitchen, the manageress came over to us and was very defensive. She needs to realise that instead of making excuses she should make apologies. The wine list was also unusual and the Bulgarian Chardonnay in particular very good.
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1 October 2014 by Graham Stegmann from London
an excellent meal for five choosing the 4 course set menu offer, including an option for the vegetarian amongst us. The food was attractively presented without being over-fussy, had a good depth of flavour (both the lamb and the hake), and finished off with a rich but not sickly dessert. It was even better than the last time I was there (about a year ago) and provided very good value for money.
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30 September 2014 by Crystal Lai from London
they have a good range of wines, we tried one from Israel which has a quite unique taste and very nice. the foods had good presentations, the stuffs are kind and helpful, so we enjoyed our dinner with Arbutus.

Arbutus

63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW

General: +44 2077344545
Reservations: +44 2036417636

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