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“Atmosphere let's them get away with poor food.”
Review of Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis
Ranked #1,624 of 22,564 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $84
Cuisines: European, British, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Soho
Description: Quo Vadis is one of London’s most iconic restaurants, with its instantly recognisable facade and fascinating heritage. The “Grande Dame of Dean Street” has been around since 1926 and continues to be a Soho institution, beloved by local residents, foodies, regulars and tourists alike. Restaurateur and food connoisseur brothers Sam & Eddie Hart took on the restaurant in 2008, and in 2012 the inimitable Jeremy Lee came on board as Chef Patron. Jeremy along with General Manager Andy Smyth, runs the building with charisma and charm. The menu at Quo Vadis changes change daily according to the produce offered to Jeremy by his enviable list of suppliers, many of whom Jeremy has built up very close relationships with over the years. Seasonality and sourcing is of paramount importance to Jeremy and his kitchen. Diners come to Quo Vadis to enjoy an eclectic array of dishes from the a la carte menu, which also features a popular Theatre Set menu that is available all day. The succinct and reasonably priced wine list has been put together by Sam Hart and wonderfully compliments all aspects of the menu. Sam does not rely on names or reputations but chooses wines on whether he thinks the customers will enjoy drinking them. He likes to blind taste and tries to select wines that have a real sense of terroir and place and from those, where possible, he picks organic and biodynamic wines.
London, United Kingdom
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“Atmosphere let's them get away with poor food.”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

It was bad. I mean really not good at all. Service was pleasant and everything was perfunctory without fault but the food was dismal. I had oysters to start which were OK. My husband had the crab salad which was fine but it was our mains that failed to live up to the price, atmosphere and service. I had the duck which was completely overcooked and my husband had the sirloin which was really tough. It was just a poor piece of beef and that was obvious.

Not only that but they gave us corked wine and I have Ceoliac Disease and became so sick afterward. I'm wondering if the beetroot salad wasn't marinated in a soy sauce. The chips were no better than bar chips and overall, I couldn't wait to get out of there it was such a disappointment.

I also had the privilege of sitting next to another couple who seemed to be having a very similar disappointing experience.

I can only imagine this is local favorite because of the atmosphere it creates form the second you walk up to the door. Sophisticated, coddled, arty and in-the know but if being truthful, the food is completely & utterly uninspired. You can get much better in London for the money and atmosphere.

Very forgettable and not recommended.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Would definitely go back...”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We went on a busy evening just before Christmas with another couple we'd not seen for a while. We booked this restaurant as it didn't seem too noisy, and although it was completely full, and we were delighted that we could hear what our friends were saying! The decor is a little unusual with beautiful stained glass windows, so you don't need to worry about people staring in! The wine menu is excellent and the food menu which is written very artistically on a card is not huge, so everything is very fresh. One of our friends is a full vegetarian and they were happy to adapt one of the dishes on offer to her needs. I chose a clear fish soup to start with which was excellent and main course of brill surrounded by what looked like mushy peas, but tasted very much more sophisticated... I was delighted with my choice, but had I been a hungry man I may have needed a side order of some chips... these are not included. I was however pleased that I hadn't had the imaginary chips myself, as the puddings turned out to be amazing and well worth trying! The service is very good and friendly, and I felt we'd had excellent value.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Cleovix
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Quo Vadis means 'Where are you going?'”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The answer to the question?
And as often as possible.
A small menu derived from its wine bar 'snackette' days, means a happy marriage of delectable bites, voluptuous veggies and the noble daily braise. It changes often, so it means you will never tire of what's on offer - and when accompanied by a glass of something from the quirky, eclectic yet intelligent wine list - you have found special.
Where are you going?
Quo vadis!

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Lud275
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“Good but not amazing”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Whilst the food, service and decor were generally of a high standard on my recent visit to Quo Vadis, I did not leave feeling particularly inspired by the cooking.
On reflection, this may have been down to my choice of food, of which I had crab&mayonaise for starter and then shoulder of lamb. The lamb seemed particularly fatty and was not served with a sauce so was a bit on the dry side.
Overall, a great meal but not mindblowing like I was expecting.

  • Visited November 2012
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“Good option when in Soho”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Jeremy Lee (Head chef and formerly from Blueprint Cafe) has garnered a lot of praise since taking over the reigns in the kitchen at Quo Vadis earlier in the year. We've been meaning to pay Quo Vadis a visit and recently we had the opportunity try it out.

Quo Vadis is one of the eating establishments owned by Sam and Eddie Hart, who also own Barrafina and Fino. They clearly have and eye for good chefs and know how to run a restaurant. Quo Vadis is no exception in that sense. The service is exemplary, the decoration nice and the food of high standard. The cuisine at Quo Vadis is however different from Fino and Barrafina in that the latter two restaurants focus on Spanish cuisine whereas Quo Vadis is centred around modern British cuisine.

When we visited Quo Vadis we tried the following dishes:
-Grilled Ogleshied (9/10)
-Goose liver pate (8/10)
-Shortcake (6/10)
-Almond Tart (8/10)
-Pheasant & Duck pie (7.5/10)
-Chips (7/10)
-Mashed potato (8/10)
-Beef Onglet (7/10)
-Smoked haddock fish cakes (7.5/10)
-Crab & Mayo (8/10)

Overall our dining experience at Quo Vadis was enjoyable and none of the dishes disappointed. The menu is a bit limited, but offers sufficient choice for most. A good feature about Jeremy Lee's menus at Quo Vadis is that he changes them everyday depending on the produce he can source that day.

In total the bill at Quo Vadis came to £129.25 (including half a bottle of Sangiovese, bottle of water and service charge). Given the location (centre of Soho) the bill is not insanely high but still too expensive when all factors are taken into account.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank TKB001
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