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“Six star restaurant”

Vivat Bacchus (Farringdon)
Ranked #814 of 24,429 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $33 - $47
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Holborn
Cross street: Charterhouse Street
Transit: Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane
Description: If you love fine wine and fine food - in that order - then you should run and not walk to Vivat Bacchus right this minute. Dedicated to the god of wine, Vivat Bacchus is not only a place for fine dining. It has a passionate dedication to the best of the grape. You will be invited to visit the three wine cellars, one each for red, white, and champagne, to choose bottles to complement your food. Take your time - they hold around 6000 bottles with 250 different labels. Later you might like to visit the cheese cellar to choose among eighty local and imported cheeses to savour at the end of your meal. Oh! The meal! Right. The Head Chef is Robert Staegemann, formerly of Launceston Place Restaurant, who offers a menu that's a scrumptious amalgam of classic French and dishes influenced by cooking cultures from all over the world. Choose starter of cured foie gras with plum chutney and toast, main course of roast breast of guinea fowl with papardelle pasta, crispy pancetta and red wine glaze, and pud of banana creme brulee, or just the aforementioned cheeses with port. The ambience is smart and sophisticated with decor that will pleasantly remind you of wine cellars decorated with labels and labelled bin ends.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

If Tripadvisor gave us just one opportunity to give an extra star, I'd give it to Vivat Bacchus. I love the concept: a relaxed bar/restaurant area with top quality food and wine, at reasonable prices. You can pop in for a quick drink and some snacks, or choose one of a range of sharing plates, or push the boat out and work your way through an interesting and very well-executed menu with some top range wines. They have an expert team behind the wines and cheeses, with plenty of suggestions for the indecisive, but they also welcome you going off-piste and visiting the cheese room to select your own cheeseboard, or exploring their cellars. You feel that this place is a real labour of love - the staff are keen to please, and are clearly encouraged to learn their trade and expand their knowledge. This is especially noticeable if you're a regular at their wine events, where staff co-host the events with visitors from the wine trade, often from the featured vineyards. I've seen trainees and junior staff gain confidence and grow, which to me is a sign of a business that's giving something back to its staff.

The owner, Gerrie, is South African, so there's an influence from that part of the world, with the occasional mini South African Wine festival (get on their mailing list - it's amazing value!). So you get some interesting dishes like Springbok burger, as well as dishes from other parts of the world, and good versions of comfort food like their lunchtime pies and triple cooked chips. They partner with British producers like Aubrey Allen, who provide some of their beef and who've attended wine club events (which, btw, are really good value and great entertainment - again, it's worth getting on the mailing list).

I've only visited once on a Friday night when they have live jazz - the place was buzzing so I'd recommend booking if you want to be near to the music. In the past I found that service could be slow when they're really busy, but they seem to have done something about that and it's improved greatly.

My friends from further away are always keen to visit, which is a good sign given the huge amount of choice in London.

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Thank tripbiscuit
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The staff here are lovely as is the wine and food! My only criticism is that the cheese room is a bit smelly if you are sitting near it. Great place but could maybe do with a few more healthy options on the menu as it is very meat and cheese based.

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Thank SazzaTLondon
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

The stresses and strains of life belong elsewhere and loom large for considerable number of people. Visiting Vivat during the Christmas party season raised concerns for our party (and perhaps the venue). However compliments to the staff - Daniel in particular who tireless worked the magic on front of house and delivered steaks (both sirloin and fillet) that won admiration from the guests for their rich taste and seared perfection. I would recommend the wild boar terrine myself as a starter but the goat's cheese starter illustrated the wilderness nature of the old rogues who I accompanied.

Down memory lane - or at least Chancery Lane to the part of originally across the water (referring to the Fleet) from the old city of london: we veered through the old stories from the master of tales and ended up avoiding desert with some espressos (double, singles) and americano's before enjoying a Late Bottled Vintage Port (2000).

Wines of choice included the Doolhof Malbec, Thalabert 2007, Malbec Andeluna and the Sancerre Riffaul - all chosen by a greater authority than me - but accompanied the meal and ensured conversation never once stopped around our table.

Full marks to the staff - for their attentive service.

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Thank Bris2l_fashion
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Staff make or break a place for me. Here they are very good. Enjoyed a bottle of wine and some nibbles and was left feeling well catered for and valued. Prices and variety of wines is very good.
Will be back.

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Thank Davidfromireland
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This place is buzzing at lunch time filled with lawyers and finance types from the Chancery Lane vicinity.

We rocked in to get the cheese board for two (around £21 on average for a selection of five cheeses)

Sat at the bar and got very good service.

The most impressive thing is the chilled cheese room which is cool and has a wide selection of English, French, Swiss, Italian and Portuguese cheeses. The expert was very knowledgeable and helpful spending plenty of time with us to help us choose and then using his skill to create a cheeseboard which was truly a rustic work of art.

My colleague Ben is a bit of a cheese aficionado so he enjoyed creating a selection which included Waterloo – a rich creamy English cheese and Lancashire Bomb, which was as potent as its name suggests. From Switzerland, he opted for Murgu, an unusual artisanal offering which was exceptionally strong. To accompany this we chose a French blue and a simpler, but nonetheless pleasurable, sample from the featured Portuguese board. I just picked the Comté, since it’s always my favourite. It wasn’t the best Comté ever, unfortunately, as it wasn’t reserve and therefore not crystalized enough but overall Bacchus’ cheeseboard is a real treat.

Oh btw they also have a proper a la carte menu!

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Thank Sidji
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