Mayfair-style dining in Soho on a budget
You’re made to feel really comfortable at Bistro1, making it an easy restaurant to return to: I’ve lost count how many times I’ve eaten here – lunchtimes with work colleagues, evening meals out with friends, even a new year’s eve group celebration back in 2008.
The three branches of Turkish-influenced Bistro1 mediterranean restaurants (on Frith Street and Beak Street in Soho, and Southampton Street in Covent Garden) offer a wide choice of quality dishes at budget prices – two course lunch for £8.50 or three courses for £9.90. These prices might be akin to a fast-food chain but the food is more akin to Mayfair.
R and I met at the Frith Street restaurant for lunch today. As usual, small bowls of olives and Turkish bread were put on the table for us to nibble on while we read the menu, and service was polite and speedy.
I’ve tried most of the menu (having been a regular at the old Brewer Street branch before it closed a couple of years ago) and now find it a challenge to choose anything but the mixed meze for starters. It consists of a few small portions of crunchy falafel, houmus, tzatsiki, kisir (spicy tabouleh – like couscous), dolma (stuffed vine leaves) and a cheese borek (small pastry). R had deep-fried spicy chicken skewers served with salad and a spicy garlic yoghurt dip.
For main course, R had beef mousakka served with rice and salad while I had a fillet of sea bream (slightly dry) topped with smoked salmon and saffron cream (lovely sauce), served on a bed of mashed potato (perfectly fluffy).
A bottle of house wine, red or white, is currently only £11.50. We decided to risk the house white which was a dry Italian (it had the weaker flavours of a pinot grigio, complemented the food just fine, and was easy to drink). For £14.95 you could get a bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc or a South African Chenin Blanc, or a prosecco for £19.95.
So, two prix fixe menus at £8.50 each and a bottle of wine at £11.50, and the total bill came to £28.50. For £16 each (having added a 12% tip) we’d eaten and drunk well and were well and truly stuffed, even though the plates are smaller than they used to be. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing as Bistro1 have managed to keep their prices down for years now, and the portions were plentiful enough to fill us.
More of the menu @ Bistro1:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Mediterranean, Turkish
~ Address: 27 Frith Street, London
~ Postcode: W1D 5LE
~ Tel: 020 7734 6204
~ Twitter: @Bistro1_London
~ Nearest train station: Leicester Square
~ Sample menu: Prix fixe
~ Bistro1: photos on flickr
~ Website: Bistro1 website
~ Location: Bistro1 Frith Street map
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