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Arbutus

63-64 Frith St. Send to Phone
020-7734 4545
Underground: Tottenham Court Road
Arbutus continues to pull in the punters with its creative seasonal cooking.
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Arbutus Restaurant Review

: Arbutus began by offering value for the money and Anthony Demetre and Will Smith’s restaurant is still up with the front runners. The odd-shaped establishment has two moods: one room has a tall marble counter with bar stools; the second is more conventional with tables and a leather banquette along one wall. There’s bright modern art on the walls and pretty beechwood tables. It’s the chic backdrop for inventive seasonal cooking, using an imaginative mix of ingredients. Try starters of Scottish scallops with green vegetable tartare and potato mousse, or the perennial favourite of braised pigs' head with potato purée and pickled turnip. Main dishes might include lamb breast with sweet potato and celery braised in Madeira with sultanas, or cod with roast onions, endive marmalade and pancetta. Desserts are classics like pear clafoutis with vanilla ice cream or English egg custard tart. The small wine list is skillfully chosen with every bottle available by the 250ml carafe. Staff is charming; the cooking is very good indeed. Set 2-course lunch £17.95; 3 courses £19.95; pre-theater meal 2 courses £18.95; 3 courses £20.95.

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