LONDON EATERIES – B-SOHO Cocktail Bar and Pizzeria, a great addition to the vibrant and lively streets of Soho
As we were strolling through the lively back streets of Soho on route to the Cocktail Bar & Pizzeria it gave us the opportunity to soak up that vibrant atmosphere the west end has to offer. This vibrant west end atmosphere was further intensified as the streets and bars were lined with football fans basking in the sun and eagerly awaiting the kickoff of a semi-final world cup match.
We came off the streets and into B-Soho Cocktail Bar & Pizzeria, it was clear there was a great energy here too; the track lit bar was fully occupied with office and media workers fresh out of the office on this midweek evening, creating the buzzing atmosphere that was resonating around the Wood cladding and brick walls. We were swiftly greeted by the friendly Italian manager who showed us to our table in the dining area that was located in the well air-conditioned basement below the bar. It was slightly laid back by contrast to the bar upstairs, a great atmosphere for casual dining.
A great atmosphere for casual dining
A waiter promptly introduced himself (again a friendly authentic Italian male) and spoke through the drinks menu. There were a range of wines mostly from Italy, beers, about fifteen cocktails available with a selection of ‘B-skinny Cocktails’’ these are cocktails that are less than 110 calories and there was also the option to request your own. It soon became apparent the waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. My colleague and I both ordered cocktails off the menu. My colleague ordered a Negroni (one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel) and so I was inspired to order another Italian classic, a Negroni Sbagliato (a Negroni that replaces the gin with prosecco). I subsequently found out that the Italian word Sbagliato means “messed up”, I’m not sure what this says about my choice of drink or personality!
After our drinks were ordered I started to take in more of the décor. There was a small bar, a wall featuring a giant painted pizza menu and again the mixture of wood cladding and brick walls. It suddenly dawned on me the mixture of wood cladding and brick walls resembled a giant pizza oven, very clever! This restaurant certainly has spent a lot of energy on it’s interior, think rustic meets contemporary Mediterranean and it should give you a sense of the space.
This restaurant certainly has spent a lot of energy on it’s interior, think rustic meets contemporary Mediterranean and it should give you a sense of the space.
The drinks were spot on, perfectly balanced and just what we needed to refresh our palettes (and mind) on this warm summer evening. Sipping the drinks we mulled over the visually eye catching menu. The traditional Italian style Pizzeria menu offering a wide selection of breads, salads, pasta, pizzas, risotto, antipasti, sides, desserts was well thought out with something for everyone to enjoy. The friendly, chatty waiter showed real knowledge and passion about the menu and was able to recommend some dishes to us.
For starters we opted for an small “Antipasti” and the “Pollo Salad”. After both arrived to the table and the waiter said ‘buon appetito’ in his fine Italian accent we tucked in. The “Antipasti” included a fine selection of meats including parma ham, coppa, salami sardo and salame piccante with pecorino cheese and artichoke and pistachios. This dish complimented the sipping of our Negroni cocktails just perfectly. The “Pollo Salad” was a blend of grilled chicken on a bed of crispy radicchio salad leaves, fresh baby spinach, olives and baby tomatoes with slivers of a creamy anchovy sauce. Both dishes were very fresh, ample in size and really got us in the mood for eating more.
More food it was as our main courses arrived in large portions. I had the “Don Marco Rocca Pizza” with a portion of “Polenta Chips & Gorgonzola dip”. The Pizza was up there with the best pizzas in London. Its crisp, flaky base with quality sweet Parma ham, fresh earthy rocket and light, stringy cheese topping was divine. This was complemented by the crunch of my polenta chips and strong Gorgonzola cheese dip. My colleague had “Pollo Alla Grigio” which was a grilled; succulent butterflied chicken breast with grilled cooked courgettes and peppers. It was cooked to perfection with a range of textures and flavours coming together to make a well-accomplished dish.
The Pizza was up there with the best pizzas in London.
For desserts our waiter kindly recommended the classic “Tiramisu” and “B-SOHO Salted Caramel Sundae”. More food I hear you say, yes and again the desserts were large portions; I really don’t know how we managed to eat them but we did! The “Tiramisu” was light, rich and sweet with a hint of coffee and alcohol. I personally would have preferred more alcohol to cut through the flavours in this dessert. The “B-SOHO Salted Caramel Sundae” lacked texture and depth, with vanilla ice cream not really tasting of vanilla or cream and no biscuit. This was however the only negative point throughout this fabulous evening.
B-SOHO Cocktail Bar & Pizzeria is a great addition to vibrant and lively streets of Soho. Whether you work in or around Soho or you are visiting the area I would recommend you pay B-SOHO a visit. The buzzing atmosphere, the great quality and value food and drinks, the friendly and knowledgeable staff makes this a great place to spend an evening or lunchtime. With live music on Thursday evenings and Happy Hour 5.30 – 7.30 Monday – Saturday on selected beers, wines and cocktails, you couldn’t ask for much more.
The buzzing atmosphere, the great quality and value food and drinks, the friendly and knowledgeable staff makes this a great place to spend an evening or lunchtime.
B-Soho, 21-22 Poland St, London W1F 8QG, 020 7287 1661
Emma, Heart London Magazine