Why go here:
For Modern British food. It’s also one of the few places in Soho that has put as much effort into its decor as its food. Many people come here mainly for the head chef – Jeremy Lee, who is given credit for the success of the famous Blueprint Cafe in the Design Museum and was its headchef for 18 years.
What it looks like:
Unlike Soho’s standard eateries that are small and minimal decor, Quo Vadis offers an airy dining room decked with leather banquettes, stained glass window panels adorned with vines and a cute menu with illustrations that even includes a weather report!
With its daily changing menu, the restaurant offers various seasonal, modern British plates of minimal clutter and maximum deliciousness. The theatre set menu is pretty good value and is offered all day long but due to the choice of dishes being limited, we opted for the al-a-carte. My starter of baby gem, broad beans and wild garlic aioli salad was fresh, crunchy and had the right hint of mustard which worked well with bitterness of the Radicchio.
For my main course, I had the hake, served in a bowl of creamy chowder with kale and spinach. The crisp skin of the hake together with the crunchy kale and blanched spinach offered a range of textures to enjoy.
For dessert, we had the St. Emilion Au Chocolat which was divine- it might even be the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. A rich, dense chocolate tart with a base of crushed macaroons, all served with a generous dollop of some high-quality Chantilly cream.
The cocktails served at their award-winning bar are also pretty good, specially the Martinis. I thoroughly enjoyed my drink- the Jockey Club, made with Monkey Shoulder, Chocolate Bitters, Maraschino and Sweet Vermouth. It was short, sharp and sweet!
Definitely a must try for those wishing to give modern British food a go. They say the head chef has a keen eye over every dish going out of the kitchen. The attention to detail given to the simple dishes is reflected clearly in the taste and presentaion. Don’t forget to order the St. Emilion Au Chocolat and also to grab a cocktail at the bar, if you get time!