Dining at Michelin-starred Arbutus was the perfect start to my new life in London. This lovely Soho restaurant dispels the myth that one cannot eat well in London without spending a lot of money. Offering a lunch time three-course special with two choices per course for an amazing £16.95, Arbutus is an absolute must.
Leaving the January detox on the back burner, I opted for the country terrine with fruit relish, which was much more like a pate than terrine. Really nice. This was followed by a flavoursome squash and wild mushroom risotto, which was cooked to perfection but the pièce de résistance was dessert: French toast served with crushed apples and salted caramel ice-cream. It was a dessert of textures. I was particularly impressed with the ice-cream as usually salted caramel is too sweet. The apples had obviously been stewed well and were a deep rustic tone. And there I was thinking I’d have to return to France for a good dessert. Highly recommended.
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