Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quo Vadis: Smooth Operation

Quo Vadis, another project from the same owners of Fino and Barrafina. Based on the popularity of the other two, I was expecting good things from QV.

Having a show to watch at the West End, Quo Vadis was a perfect spot to have an early dinner.

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We were the early birds and the place was still largely empty. It gave me time to take in the decor which oozes a rich elegance.

We opted to go for the pre-theatre menu which was priced at £17.50 for a two course and £19.50 for 3 courses. As I wasn't too interested in the desserts available in the pre-theatre menu, I decided to go for the 2 course while my dining partner went for the 3 courses.

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Split pea and bacon soup

Refined and smooth, this went down well.

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Middle White brawn with piccalilli

This was good as well with the pickled vegetables on the side adding tartness.

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Pork belly, Jerusalem artichoke & apple sauce

I only had a bite of this and it was tasty with a slight melt in your mouth texture without being overly rich.

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Skate with leeks, capers & parsley

The skate was a tad fishy for those who are sensitive to it otherwise it was cooked just right with the onions adding a touch of sweetness.

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Bitter chocolate ice cream

Did not expect to see the spun sugar deco at the top but it was a nice touch. You can never go wrong when there are dark chocolate fans on the table and this was the perfect choice.

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Chocolate Louis XV £9.20

I always get intrigued whenever I see this on the menu, especially after a most amusing read from a certain chef.

Created originally by Alan Ducaisse I believe, I now seek to try it where I can. Although less so compared to my obsession with tiramisu.

The Dessert Louis XV comprises of praline which gives it its crunchiness, topped with dreamy chocolate mousse, and shrouded in a thin layer of melted plain chocolate. A final flourish of edible gold leaf is what gives its distinctive regal flair. The composition is supposed to exude a rich and sensual sensation when eaten.

How was QV's version? Good but it just seems to lack that Je Ne Sais Qua

I really enjoyed my dinner here and I think is a fantastic option for pre or post theatre dinner. Ambience was comfortably relaxing, service was attentive and quality was good with very reasonable prices.

Will I recommend: Yes
Will I come back: Yes
Have I had better: Yes

Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3LL

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