Test Driving the new Waffle and Bellini Hour at Bob Bob Ricard -

waffle and bellini hour at bob bob ricard reviewPerfect for the times we're in - the opulent booths at Bob Bob Ricard.

Remind us about Bob Bob Ricard?

If you haven't had the joy of dining in the fabulously OTT dining rooms in Leonid Shutov's Soho restaurant, then there's no better time. First off, there's a new chef in situ (Eric Chavot had to leave for family reasons). Tom Peters spent a year at top drawer Oslo restaurant Maeemo and, before that, Roux at Parliament Square before coming here.

Next - the restaurant with its lavishly appointed booths, complete with the original 'press for Champagne buttons, couldn't be more suited to social distancing - perfect for these current times. 

Where is it exactly?

In the heart of Soho - on the corner of Beak Street and Upper James Street.

So why are you telling about it now?

They're just about to launch Bob Bob Ricard’s new Waffle and Bellini Hour. As this is BBR they don't do anything by halves, so chef Tom has had some specially-commissioned waffle irons made for the job. Yes, it's that kind of place.

OK, waffles and bellini - go on...

Here's what's in store. We'll start with the bellini...

waffle and bellini hour at bob bob ricard reviewObviously you could just go straight for glasses of Champagne, but we're told that the Press for Champagne also works for bellinis. For this hour you'll be wanting the Strawberry and Peach bellini with crushed white peach and Champagne foam. It's a frothy delight of a drink (£14).

After that, you have a choice of six waffles. Three are plain waffles with toppings and three are truffle waffles. You'll get a hit of that truffle the minute you walk in the door. We were told that after a while, the smell of truffle is so strong in the kitchen that clear labelling is needed on the truffle and non-truffle mix because smelling them alone is not enough. Here's what we had:

waffle and bellini hour at bob bob ricard reviewThe Truffle Waffle - with Cornish salted butter and fresh truffle maple syrup (£13). We could try and tell you how deeply truffly (so, SO truffly) this was and you could look at the photo and try and imagine it. But you'd be better off coming down and ordering it instead.

waffle and bellini hour at bob bob ricard reviewWaffle & Crispy Bacon - plain waffle with organic crispy bacon and maple syrup (£12). Perfect thin crispy bacon that shatters as you break into the waffle. 

But I wanted a sweet waffle!

Don't worry, there's also a version of both the plain and truffle waffles that comes with Arctic cloudberries and Normandy creme fraiche.

Overall thoughts

In these uncertain times, it's all too easy to stay at home, curled up on the sofa in our onesies. But, if you are able to, getting dressed up and slipping into one of the booths at Bob Bob Ricard is a very welcome shot of glamour and a reminder of why we love this city so much. One of these waffles is less than a basic order on Deliveroo. I know which I'd rather have.


More about Bob Bob Ricard

Where is it? 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9D

When? Bellini & Waffle Hour starts on 4 September 2020. It's from 11am to 12pm every Friday to Sunday inclusive

How to book: Book online or call 020 3145 1000

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Twitter @bobbobricard.

Hot Dinners ate as guests of Bob Bob Ricard. Prices are correct at the time of writing.


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