Food Travel

Is a button for champagne enough?

Bob Bob Ricard’s original location in Soho was known for its glamorous interior and a button at each table you could press to order champagne. I was always undecided about going. “Scene” restaurants can be good, if the vibe is right, but the food and service need to be decent also. One place that ticks all these boxes is Mnky Hse.

Eventually, I decided to pull the trigger and try it out. The Soho location was fully booked so I decided to go to their second location in the City of London. The interior was beautiful and it was clear they invested a lot into the space. The famous button was on each table, and yes, it does work. Once pressed, someone showed up almost immediately to take our champagne order.

These were the only positives of the experience. The food was fairly good, but the service was lacking. The atmosphere was not fun (although the SOHO location may have a better vibe). For the first course, the caviar tasting, we had to ask for the proper spoon (pearl), and the caviar was not of good quality.

The service was extremely slow, with loooooong gaps between each course.

Because of the long delays, they comp’d a dessert, but I would not return. The food was ok except for the caviar, but part of the reason for coming here is the atmosphere and it was lacking that fun buzz. Add to that less than stellar service and the novelty of the champagne button quickly wears off. I am still curious about the SOHO location to see if the atmosphere is different, but I wouldn’t eat there. Just drop in for drinks…maybe….

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