Vinoteca branches seem to pop up all over town, so when it was time for the Soho branch to open a month ago, I realised I’d better got and try what it is all about. Last week Sinead and I met there for an early supper and wine.
When we got there around 6.30pm the restaurant was almost empty, but after a while there were plenty of people. I’m usually worried when a restaurant in a big city like London is empty; it is usually not a good sign.
Vinoteca has a long wine list and the evening we were there they offered samples of three British wines with matching nibbles for £15. A nice idea, but we wanted a proper meal and decided on a bottle of white to go with it.
The menu here is very seasonal and changes often, which I really like. Since asparagus is in season Sinead tried some with ham and crisoy egg. It was cooked well and was very nice.
I chose goat’s cheese stuffed courgette flowers with a tomato salad which I really liked.
Instead of a maincourse Sinead opted for another starter and chose the scallops with carrot purée that seemed really nice but it was quite small, even for a starter.
I chose grilled fish (but have forgotten which…) which was perfectly cooked and came with a salad of fennel, artichokes and orange segments. I had my doubts about this flavour combination but it worked better than I expected, but it would have been nice with some warm elements in the salad o go with the warm fish.
Since Sinead had two small starters she had room for dessert, and I of course helped too. The lemon and elderflower drizzle cake with rhubarb and cream was nice and fresh.
I quite like Vinoteca Soho, all in all, but I think the food is lacking a bit of oomph. I want to be blown away when I eat out, not feel that I could almost cook it myself. Admittedly, the dishes were easy ones, but they should still be absolutely perfect when eating out. I also think the starters were stronger than the mains, at least mine.
53-55 Beak Street
London W1F 9SH