Bob Bob Ricard, Soho, London

It's one of Soho's most Instagrammed restaurants, but what's new at Bob Bob Ricard? Nicola Moyne finds out

Bob Bob Ricard, an iconic restaurant in the heart of Soho, is arguably more famous for the hundreds of ‘Press for Champagne’ Instagram posts it inspires than for the food it serves up. But new executive chef Eric Chavot is in the process of changing that with his delicious crowd-pleasing signatures: lobster mac and cheese (yum) and beetroot and goats cheese gateau (super yum). But don’t worry – while the appointment of Chavot, the protege of Raymond Blanc, is igniting a new wave of excitement for the Russian-inspired, uber glam eatery, the sumptuous Art Deco interiors (complete with world-famous Champagne button) remain firmly old-school.

Every inch of this exclusive restaurant is 100 per cent Instagrammable, and the atmosphere is always buzzing. Whether you’re here for dinner with the girls, a special date night or a spot of business, the fabulous leather-clad booths allow for a discreet, elegant meal – as well as your very own emergency bubbles button.

The Russian/English-infused menu is varied, with fish and meat making equal appearances, plus some mouthwatering vegetarian options to boot. From salmon tartare served with caviar, to pickled beetroot, goats cheese and roquefort to start, or mariner’s smoked fish pie and Chateaubriand steak served with truffle gravy for main, your tastebuds are well and truly covered. I opted for the salmon tartare to start, and followed with juicy steak washed down with a glass of Ayala Brut Majeur. Here, champagne is practically mandatory.

Head to Bob Bob Ricard on a Sunday and you can also enjoy a traditional Irish rump of born-fed Hereford beef served with slow roast potato, Yorkshire pudding, carrots and parsnips roasted with honey and thyme, and topped with horseradish cream and truffle gravy. While the champagne button may still get its fair share of likes on Instagram, it’s finally the food’s time to shine on social media, so go full-throttle and indulge in one of the chef’s lust-worthy desserts, too.

Pretty content with my feast of fish and meat, I opted for something light to finish. Cue a fresh and zingy trio of sorbets (lemon, lime and pink grapefruit) served with lashings of premium vodka. (Yes, I said vodka and I absolutely implore you to order it.) After a slightly heavy main, this explosive dish cut straight through the palette. If you’re a chocolate fiend though, there really is only one winner: the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory. Containing chocolate Jivara mousse, chocolate brownie, berries and passionfruit and orange jelly all served in a chocolate ball that’s then melted by lavishly smooth molten chocolate, it’s truly a thing of foodie heaven.

So, champagne plugs aside, Bob Bob Ricard really does push all the buttons. Book in now for a night to remember – and don’t forget to order dessert…

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