What: A peaceable and severely idiosyncratic rotisserie chicken restaurant all the blueprint in which thru the Soho space that became once house to Folie. As the name suggests, Bébé Bob is the younger sibling of the very conclude by Bob Bob Ricard Soho and its equally colossal-designate Sq. Mile iteration Bob Bob Ricard City.
Who: Leonid Shutov is at the helm of the enterprise. The musty promoting government successfully and truly shook up the capital’s luxury restaurant market in 2008 with the hole of the customary Bob Bob Ricard on Upper James Boulevard and followed up in 2019 with the launch of Bob Bob Cité (as it became then called) at The Leadenhall Constructing (AKA The Cheesegrater). Whereas neither of his drinking areas were namely successfully-timed – the first opened within the course of the 2008 monetary fracture and the 2d opened simply sooner than the pandemic – they have got made an indelible designate on London’s restaurant scene with their push-for-Champagne buttons, OTT but fantastically finished interiors and by combining very excessive-discontinue foods and drinks with a quiet provider vogue. The pinnacle chef at Bébé Bob is Bob Bob Ricard City alumnus Sherwin Mauro. He’s overseen by the neighborhood’s government chef Ben Hobson.
The vibe: Shutov has confirmed a little extra restraint here than he has at his first two drinking areas – his metropolis space became rumoured to have price £25m – but Bob Bob Cité is unruffled a seriously glam and reassuringly costly attempting space to devour. The affect pointers its hat to the roaring 1920s ‘conjuring a Gatsby-esque feeling’. Personal tiny print including velvet-lined banquettes, a yellow granite bar counter, monogrammed plates and bespoke glassware designed by Shutov himself. The restaurant has no longer been designed with groups in mind – presumably the most table dimension is four.
The food: Shutov wasn’t kidding when he talked about that his original menu offered “any main course the consumer wants as prolonged as it’s chicken or chicken”. Guests can pick from Vendée chicken or Landes chicken which is priced at £19 and £29 per individual respectively and served with chicken jus. Aspects consist of truffled French fries, roast potatoes, and wild mushrooms baked in with caramelised onions and a cheddar crust. The chance of issues to have sooner than the chicken arrives is extra immense, taking in Bob Bob Ricard classics fancy caviar with crème fraîche and blinis and VSOP prawn cocktail with some original menu items including baked Saint-Marcellin and truffle honey.
To drink: The wine checklist is designed to enrich the chicken, with head of wines Giacomo Recchia giving over half of his checklist to Champagne and Burgundy and the opposite half of to ‘basic favourites from world broad’. As with Shutov’s other drinking areas, the wines are in unique extremely top price but are priced competitively, in some cases undercutting retail. For instance, a bottle of 2013 Dom Pérignon charges £175, a relative reduce payment.
And yet every other thing: Bébé Bob is the newest in what can only be described as a flock of top price, chicken-focused London drinking areas becoming a member of the likes of Fable Cellar, LIMA CANTINA and Fallow’s chicken-shop-aping creep-off FOWL.
37 Golden Sq., London W1F 9LB