Refreshing cooking in Soho
Located in the ever busy Dean Street, Quo Vadis is a Soho institution but much has changed since when Jeremy Lee took over and it has now become a bit of a foodie spot thanks to his "less is more approach". His cooking is all about simplicity but with wonderful flavours. It was a very bust Friday evening and without booking, we took the chance and managed to get a table in the bar which itself isn't much different to the main dining room. Stained glass windows with white tablecloths, simple but elegant.
As I've been eating out too much lately I went for the "light" options of the smoked trout, seaweed & cucumber sandwich as my starter. The first thing that struck my mind was the very cool and punchy mustard dressing, but with the peppery note of the seaweed and settled taste of the cucumber, it worked wonderfully with the smoked trout. I also managed to try my friend's marinated herring and potato salad, again it was a simple dish but with such rewarding taste, good depth of cool and refreshing flavours.
|smoked trout, seaweed & cucumber sandwich|
|marinated herring & potato salad|
For main I went for the QV summer salad, the summer leaves were beautifully seasoned, the peppery mint and bacon really lifted up the whole dish with multiple taste bud sensations. You can taste a bit of saltiness, sweetness and bitterness but none overpower the others. it was an outstanding salad and easily one of the best I've encountered.
The lamb patties, artichoke, lemon & herbs off the set menu was also great value for money, no bitterness and harshness from the patties, good balance of saltness and richness. The sweet artichokes linked up nicely with the citrus and earthy notes from the lemon and herbs, a well constructed dish.
|QV summer salad|
|lamb patties, artichoke, lemon & herbs|
Overall it was a solid dinner, beautiful refreshing summer flavours. Quo Vadis's cooking is nothing fancy but it certainly delivered in terms of taste. Service is a good standard level which I think it just about right given the location and setting. As it was a summer menu, I am keen to return in the winter to see what Lee's take on winter dishes would be like. I will return.
26-29 Dean St, London W1D 3LL