Last week, I was bursting with excitement as the day had finally come to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho. Being a childhood favourite of mine, I couldn’t wait to see it come alive on stage. Before the show, we decided to grab a bite to eat at Arbutus down the street from the theatre in Soho, as they have a great pre-theatre menu to choose from.
Arbutus is the brainchild of Will Smith and Anthony Demetre, who also own and operate Wild Honey in Mayfair and Le Deux Salons in Covent Garden. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes. The value for money, considering its high accolades, is outstanding in my opinion.
We sat down and ordered a carafe of Sauvignon Blanc to start. A great aspect about Arbutus is that it boasts a brilliant wine list with more than 250 wines on the menu and you can try any wine you’d like in a carafe. As we were in a bit of a rush, we got to ordering quite quick. The pre-theatre option includes 2 dishes for £20 or 3 dishes for £24 and includes an ever-changing menu from week to week.
Ciaran, his mum and myself started off with creamy burrata, Isle of wight tomatoes, and fresh pesto. The burrata was beautifully silky and the Isle of Wight tomatoes tasted as fresh as if they were plucked from the garden and transported from the Island that day. There were balsamic pearls on top of the burrata, and every now and again we would get a burst of sweet flavour. There was a unique smokey flavour from the toasted pine nuts as well, which we all really enjoyed.
Ciaran’s sister enjoyed the hand chopped beef tartare with mustard mayonnaise. I didn’t get a chance to have a bite, but it looked delicious and from clean plate afterwards, I think she would agree!
Ciaran’s mum, sister and I all ordered the Cornish cod with mousserons, runner beans and seaweed butter sauce. The cod was light and flavourful and we all could not stop raving about the butter sauce – it truly made the dish. The runner beans made the light dish a bit heartier, and overall it tasted excellent.
Ciaran opted for the Gnudi’ ricotta dumplings with nutmeg, wild mushrooms and Parmesan. He said it was a stunning dish, filled with flavour and exceptionally filling. All of the dishes were presented superbly as well and I loved the rustic crockery that they use.
We ordered another carafe of wine as we finished our dinner and before we knew it, it was time to dash off to the theatre to catch the show! I’ll be sharing our Aladdin experience on the blog soon, so stay tuned!
Arbutus is a perfect pre-theatre option in the heart of Soho with great dishes, a friendly atmosphere and quick turn around times, which is ideal if you want to grab a quick bite before a show. The value for money can’t be beat.
What are some of your favourite pre-theatre restaurants in Soho?
Arbutus | 63-64 Frith St | London | W1D 3JW