Many London restaurants feature pre-theater meals on their menus, a prix fixe meal to enjoy prior to attending an evening at the show. Since I had no plans of going to the theater I settled for a ‘working lunch’ at Arbutus. I wasn’t working either. Whatever.
Arbutus in Soho London features a prix fixe, two or three course, working lunch for the white collared nine to fiver on their break.
We were greeted by a white marbled bar that extended into the dining area.
Typically, I would choose a seat belly-up to the bar, but I’m not sure if that would be appropriate for a “working” lunch.
We sat at the bench seating, always a good second choice. The wooden tables, with colorful variations in grain, were like nothing I had ever seen. Beautiful.
The Working Lunch menu featured an option for either 2 or 3 courses (₤17.95 or ₤19.95), with two choices for each course.
A minestrone style soup hit the table and I was unimpressed because I don’t like minestrone soup. Yes, I am Italian. And own an Italian restaurant (we do NOT have minestrone on our menu). But, after tasting this delicious soup, I may be changing my mind about the whole minestrone thing.
Second was, my death row meal, wild mushroom risotto. Actually it would have needed to be doused in truffle oil and have a tad more creaminess to it to be my last meal. But, it certainly was close.
The other plate was roasted rabbit with chickpeas. I had only had bunny once before, in Napa at Tra Vigne. It was the time I ate a rabbit bone. I will be more careful this time.
The finale was dulche de leche ice cream served quenelle style, shaped like a football. I am happy I didn’t skimp out on the third course.
This foodie adventure hands down beats my prior mushy pea experience.
I’m not sure how anyone manages to return to work after a meal like this. Especially without a nap.
Have you ever been to Arbutus? What is your death row meal?