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Arbutus

63-64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW

A sense of dèja vû may well prevail at Arbutus in Frith Street, Soho as Chef Anthony Demetre returns to his old haunts at what, in 1993, was then Bistrot Bruno (Loubet). Now teamed up with manager Will Smith the pair are operating a 60-seater restaurant with a small bar for up to 12 people. The décor carries much use of natural materials, colours and design motifs, including subtle use of the arbutus, or strawberry tree. Typical dishes include thinly sliced lamb belly with Middle Eastern aubergine, Cornish silver mullet with artichokes, carrots and pancetta, and grilled piece of beef. Desserts of chocolate 'aero' bar with pear and salted caramel, or vanilla and rosewater scented cheesecake with prunes and hazelnut help to reinforce the tendency towards innovation.

A sense of dèja vû may well prevail at Arbutus in Frith Street, Soho as Chef Anthony Demetre returns to his old haunts at what, in 1993, was then Bistrot Bruno (Loubet). Now teamed up with manager Will Smith the pair are operating a 60-seater restaurant with a small bar for up to 12 people.

The décor carries much use of natural materials, colours and design motifs, including subtle use of the arbutus, or strawberry tree. Typical dishes include thinly sliced lamb belly with Middle Eastern aubergine, Cornish silver mullet with artichokes, carrots and pancetta, and grilled piece of beef. Desserts of chocolate 'aero' bar with pear and salted caramel, or vanilla and rosewater scented cheesecake with prunes and hazelnut help to reinforce the tendency towards innovation.

A list of around 60 wines takes in all the major wine growing regions in the world.

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French, Modern European

: 12:00 - 14:30 17:00 - 23:00
: 12:00 - 14:30 17:00 - 23:30
: 12:00 - 15:00 17:30 - 22:30

Reservations: 0203 641 7636 General: 020 7734 4545

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63-64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW [Map]

£25.00    £37.00

£17.95 (2 courses) to £19.95 (3 courses)

£18.95 (2 courses) to £20.95 (3 courses), Pre theatre

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Arbutus

Clare Ed (15 April 2009)

I have to confess that I was very disappointed with the menu at Arbutus. Having eaten well at Wild Honey I found the menu far too stodgy and the set lunch was not particularly appealing. I had a salad of sprouting broccoli and goats' cheese curd, I think, which was really poor. No dressing at all, it also had three lumps of potato, which wasn't mentioned on menu, if it was I would not have ordered, some fried lardons and what amounted to half a radish, sliced. This was something like £8! Bread was nice and service good but they should lighten up the menu - less rice, potato and pasta please.

John Carrick (11 April 2008)

I was greeted by a cheerful staff on arrival, who took my coat and bags. Once I was seated, warm bread was promptly brought to my table by a happy waiter. The delicate lighting combined with the wooden floor created quite an atmosphere. I had pork porchetta with granny smith apple puree for starters. I chose the pollock for my main course. While I waited, I examined the wine list, which was concise yet varied. I rather liked the idea of the carafe, it meant I could try more than one wine they had to offer. As I ordered fish I went for a 250ml carafe of the Gewurztraminer, unfortunately no suggestions were offered, so I had to wait and see if the right combination had been made. The pollock arrived and it was cooked perfectly. To go with the fine selection of fromagerie cheese, I ordered the Chateau Batailley 1999. What is usually a wonderful wine was spoilt because it was served cold. However the delicious selection of cheese on the plate made up for that. I had the lemon tart for dessert - a wonderful end to the meal. I shall be returning soon.

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Book Pre Theatre menu - 2 courses at £18.95 or 3 courses at £21.95 This offer is available from July 8, 2013 until December 31, 2013, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers.
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Book Post Theatre menu - any main course and a cocktail of the day £19.95 This offer is available from July 8, 2013 until December 31, 2013, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers.
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Book Working Lunch Menu - 2 courses at £17.95 or 3 courses at £19.95 This offer is available from July 8, 2013 until December 31, 2013, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers.
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Book £10 Plat du Jour and a glass of wine (available Mon - Fri during lunch and for Pre-theatre dinner between 5PM - 6.30PM) This offer is available from July 8, 2013 until December 31, 2013, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers.
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