When: May 2013
I really enjoyed our meal at Arbutus. It was a great place for a special occasion. We arrived with a slight feeling of trepidation as the reviews are quite mixed, hopefully this evening would turn out like the majority of the good reviews we'd read rather than the negative ones. There was a small queue when we got to the door including a polite couple that had either messed up their reservation or were trying it on. Thankfully they were accommodated and it was our turn to have our coats taken and get shown to our seats. The dining room is laid out in a "U" shape and we made our way round the "U" to our table not far from the window. We were given menus and it was time to decide.
For starters I picked the asparagus, which went perfectly with the tangy Caesar dressing.
For the main I went with the rabbit. The carrot and cumin purée really brought out the flavour of the meat. Whilst I was initially sceptical of the cottage pie it proved to be delicious and light, banishing the ready meal nightmares from my head.
Finally my favourite part of the of always choosing chocolate, I went with the pistachio cake which was soft, moist and delicious. The fresh strawberries and strawberry sorbet server with it made an excellent and refreshing palate cleanser.
All in all this was a really nice meal. The ambiance of the restaurant was good and service was polished without being over fussy. We felt that we could relax without a dozen pairs of eyes watching our every bite. I would be more than happy to return to Arbutus again and perhaps try something a touch more adventurous next time.
Arbutus 63-64 Frith St London W1D 3JW 020 7734 4545