DINNER AND DECOR: BSOHO REVIEW
Last week I was treated to a lovely little midweek dinner with my friend Milly courtesy of BSOHO. As a keen foodie and amaaaaaazing cook, Mills was definitely the right person to bring along to sample the BSOHO £45 christmas set menu. As mummies and freelancers we don't really get proper xmas do's, so this was our chance to get a little bit merry and festive on a Wednesday night!
BSOHO is right in the heart of Soho, just off of Oxford Street. The restaurant is billed as a cocktail bar and pizzeria, and the atmosphere is definitely the right place to go and hang out with friends after work. The interior is warm and fun, with a ceiling full of filament bulb spotlights that add a little bit of drama. The style is quite rustic modern with little touches of a traditional pizzeria, like the huge mural that's along the right wall. I have to mention that I absolutely loved the dining chairs, brown retro midcentury modern style with wooden legs. I wanted to take them home! You can either be seated or slouch in the big chesterfield sofas that are dotted around the upstairs level. We chose to take a seated table right in the middle of the upstairs level so that we could get a good eye on everything.
The restaurant was buzzy and had a really 'sparkly' ambience (as Milly so eloquently put it).
First things first, cocktails... (duh). These strictly speaking weren't on the christmas set menu that we had come to try but there was no way I could resist the awesome cocktail menu! At just £9 a drink and with such a variety of cocktails I had to get stuck in.
To my pleasure most of the cocktails were quite sweet. First I tried the 'Big Break', as Milly said I deserved it after my recent award win. Who was I to fight that?! It arrived flaming. So fun. It also tasted frickin' amazing. They describe it as 'a heady combination of vodka, almond syrup, orange liqueur, pineapple, passion fruit with a hint of lime, served flaming.'
Now we needed to peruse the xmas menu. Oh yeah, that's what we had come here for right?! In the excitement of awesome dining chairs and flaming cocktails I had almost forgotten.
At £45 you get three courses plus a glass of house wine, a beer or a prosecco. Milly went for the carpaccio to start, and I went for the tiger prawns.
The prawns, although a little messy were juicy and sweet, served with a yummy aioli dip. The Carpaccio is served simply with Rocket and parmesan with a squeeze of lemon, which I tried to art-ily photograph being squeezed, with some pretty crap results!
Around this time a singer set up behind us and started playing some classic covers, much to our enjoyment. Nothing beats hearing a bit of Bill Withers over dinner. The singer, whoever he was, was really good and the choice of covers was perfect for a fun, upbeat evening. By the end he even had people up dancing! See what I mean about good atmosphere?!
For mains I chose the Tagliata Di Manzo (sliced beef on rocket to you and I). The beef was nicely grilled with great flavour. I have to be honest and say it would have been even better with a little bit of that aioli dip though! The portion size was perfect for me but for the guys in your group it's probably worth getting some fries or one of their other sides to go with it.
Oh yeah, did I mention I ordered another cocktail to go with it?! I can't remember the name of this one but again it was sweet and rum based I think. I was excited by my main course at this point and forgot (sorrrrrrryyyyy)!
Milly went for the Tagliatelle scampi e porcini, which was a creamy dish with langoustines and mushrooms. I tried a bit and it was tasty and rich. Just like me. One day.
After we scoffed our mains I took a little trip to the ladies to investigate the bathroom decor. As you do! The modern rustic theme was continued into the bathrooms with dark subway tiles and rough wooden surfaces.
I was back in my seat just in time to order dessert. We got both of the options on the christmas menu so that we could try a bit of each. An old favourite Tiramisu and....... wait for it.....
OH LORD THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS I AHVE EVER EATEN!
So amazing. Basically a normal pizza base filled with Nutella and dusted with icing sugar. Ahh man it was so delicious. I ate almost all of it and left 2 slices for me and Milly to take home to our respective partners, though I had to stop myself eating it on the way home. I can't tell you much about the tiramisu because I was busy doing this...
It was so good.
We were stuffed!
£45 is not bad in my opinion for a christmas menu with the added bonus of a really affordable cocktail menu and a vibrant atmosphere with cool decor. It's a great place to stop off for a drink after some christmas shopping or for an after work get together or xmas work party. The food is traditional and of good quality with some added little fun touches (like Nutella pizza). The service is absolutely brilliant too!