DINNER & DECOR: BOB BOB RICARD
I'm not joking, I've been wanting to go to Bob Bob Ricard for the best part of 2 years now. I can't remember where I first stumbled upon their logo, but I knew as soon as I saw the baby pink and gold combo that I was in love. When I found out that my favourite design studio had completed the interior, I was obsessed. The food for me was second priority but, whaddayaknow, that's frickin' awesome too.
We headed over to the sublime BBR for my 29th birthday meal. Here's my Dinner & Decor review, with a LOT of pics.
We arrived for an early dinner at 7pm. Upon entering the darkened entryway we were met by at least 4 staff, all happy and smiling. They welcomed us and led us to our table, a booth on the left hand side of the restaurant. Walking through we were greeted by at least another 3 staff. We hadn't even sat down and I was already blown away by the customer service!
My first impressions of the interior were; seriously cool and opulent. The colour scheme is a sumptous Navy and delicate pink to highlight. Marble floors are inlaid with beautiful dark geometric shapes. Blue leather booths sit back to back with brass detailing all around you and the waiting staff wear baby-pink satin waistcoats. The wallpaper is printed with tiny white birds. The overall look is over the top, but in the coolest, most stylish way you could imagine. There is a lot happening. I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Think Art Deco meets Studio 54. I mean seriously, could this place be any more 'me'?!
First things first (sorry, more like second, after I got snap happy over the fabulous wallpaper), we ordered drinks. We managed to resist the button which you can press for champagne, and I instead went for the Black Cherry Amaretto Sour (absolutely perfect) and Jason went for a classic Rum'n'Coke. Cos' he's old skool like that.
Next it was time to get up close and personal with the menu. We skipped over the starter and went straight for main. I never have enough room for a starter AND a dessert, so I decided to indulge my sweet tooth and save some space for afters.
We debated over getting the Beef Wellington for two (on special occasions I treat myself to meat, I think an interior of this level of fabulosity deserved a bit of meat), but I was tempted by the breaded lobster tail burger with some of the french fries on the side.
Jason went for the Beef Onglet after being convinced by our lovely waitress that it was the right choice. She wasn't wrong.
The lobster tail was delicious, and more filling than I thought it would be. Neither of us could finish our fries! Jason's onglet was so succulent and soft, the way all good beef should be. I don't know what was in the sauce that it was served with, but it was pretty yummy.
After finishing up our mains it was about time for another cocktail. Jason went for something called the 'Jamaican snifter' which I thought had a pretty jazzy name and was a mix of rum and liqueur. It packed a serious punch and was sweet and warming. I went for the 'Botanical Tonic', a mix of Pimms, Southern Comfort, elderflower, cucumber and more.. it was so refreshing and just what I needed before dessert.
For dessert, we both opted for the Eton Mess. No question of it! The trio of creme brulee nearly had me but the Eton Mess won out. It's just a good old summer favourite and I knew it was going to be special.
As we sat chatting I saw a waitress walking through with two plates, each holding a sorbet pink ball. I squealed and told Jason to look, thinking they were for someone else. Then they turned out to be ours! In unison, two waitresses poured the thick raspberry sauce over the top of the meringue ball and swirled it around the place. So opulent!
Writing about the Eton Mess had just reminded me of something really funny my sister thought until recently. She thought that the Eton mess was actually an 'eaten mess' and was called that because it looked like someone had half eaten it! Haha, gotta love her blondeness sometimes...
Anyhoo, it's worth mentioning that the service at BBR is second to none. Jason felt it a little too much but I loved the attentiveness of the staff. I didn't once have to lift a finger to fill my water glass. That's some good service right thurr!
As we finished up dinner we were approached by a man who then introduced himself as none other than Ricard himself. What an honour to meet a man capable of commissioning such an interior. I nearly did a Wayne's World style 'we're not worthy', but I styled it out.
Now get this, Ricard invited us personally downstairs to their new club area which had only been open for three nights. Boom. Of course we so kindly obliged and may our way downstairs where things got a little warmer in colour, colder in temperature (unfortunately I sat under the AC vent and shivered my little butt off, probably the only negative point of the eve).
This is what greeted us. Sexy!
Where the upstairs focuses on Blue, downstairs is very much Red. The same brass detailing applies, and the railings around any stairs were super chic. Very 70s and definitely doing it for me. I loved the tiny dance floor complete with backgammon style flooring. There was more awesome wallpaper, this time in a warm ikat finish, and the booths were upholstered in sexy Red velvet.
Jason and I perched at the bar and were regularly checked in on by Ricard himself, a fabulously friendly gentleman who you can tell really cares about the comfort and enjoyment of his guests. We were told there would be some entertainment about 9.15, so we decided to dive into the drinks menu again! I went for a glass of Rosé, Jason a beer. Told you, he's a classic dude.
Around this time I felt it was right to sneak off to the loos and see what they had to offer.
These are probably the most fly toilets I've ever come across. Seriously, I spent about ten minutes just taking pictures. Plus, after every use a lady goes in and cleans. They were spotless. The theme in the hallway leading to the loos is more monochrome, with black woodwork and monochrome geometric window treatments. Have you ever heard someone say they would want their whole home to be decorated like a toilet? Well, yes, that would be me, I would. They have art behind the toilet people!
Obviously such splendid shows of design workmanship meant I had to take a selfie.
After experiencing some very entertaining hula hooping from a man dressed as Elvis (yes, really, it was fab), we said goodbye to the wonderful staff who had made our experience ever so special and vowed we would be back to try that Beef Wellington.
The total cost was about £170 for our meal. The only negatives I can find with BBR is that it was a little chilly at the downstairs bar and we were accidentally charged for one drink we didn't order. No hassle to get it removed though, and these are really just the only problems I can think of in what was a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere and evening. Bob Bob Ricard has that great balance of being one of the coolest places in London without any of the pretentious attitudes, something very hard to come by.
We headed out into the warm air to lazily walk back to the tube station, snapping lovey-dovey pics as we went.
Till next time BBR, I'll be dreaming of your wallpaper.
Have you ever visited Bob Bob Ricard? Where should I review next? Leave your recommendations below!
All photos taken on the Nokia Lumia 1020