Wonderful staff , great atmosphere and delicious food. We came after the theater and it was close to closing time but the stayed open for us. Wine was nice and cold, soup was very flavorful the fresh seafood was excellent. It's the kinda place where you feel like you in the South of France in someones kitchen while they prepare an amazing meal for you. Great experience!
Great food, nice staff, small place with a good atmosphere. Can be crowded, avoid obvious hours.
Jason and Andres were fantastic in helping me plan a surprise for my other half, with an engagement ring. They went above and beyond to help make it truly special.
The wine that Nicola helped my fiancée choose was really, really nice. We loved the roasted lobster too. We had a great time here and look forward to coming back!
Overall, the service was excellent and the food was delicious.
This place was a disappointment. I was looking for a trendy restaurant in the SOHO area with good food and not too expensive in terms of prices and this place seems to be receiving the right number of stars and ££ sign so i gave it ago.
No reservations, as expected, but also not much room for you to stand inside. It was cold outside :(
We arrived on a Friday night at 6:30pm and waited for about 30m before we were seated. The place wasn't too big and the music was LOUD. So loud that you can barely hear yourself think let alone have a conversation.
Service was fantastic - no complaints.
Food was mediocre. We tried
- Bellini (~£9): tiny champagne glass made with dry dry prosseco. No good.
- Oysters: sticks to the shell and not very fresh
- Queen Scallop: I was excited about capers but the capers were super tiny and the scallops weren't too flavorful (~£8)
- Sole (~£19): deep fried, kinda like fish and chips without the chips but with potatoes. The fish was okay but i mean if you deep fry fish it's hard to go wrong. The potatoes were really good and the string beans are okay.
- steak frite: the server warned us that the steak was gonna be super tiny. Albeit tasty, it was not very satisfying
- lemon tart (~£8): too tangy
Honestly, the food is mediocre, but the entire experience is marred by the loud music. Maybe they do that to kick people out because it's so busy in there.
Oh so trendy.
You should eat here. The vibe is great. Lots of energy from the staff and the diners. Everyone is super nice. Even though it's crowded and you might have to wait 45+ minutes on a Friday night, you'll feel taken care of the entire time. Order some wine and make a friend.
All our food was delicious. While they don't have many vegetarian options (not that I'd expect them to in a seafood restaurant), they did have some great egg dishes and veggie sides. I made a meal from that and didn't feel like I missed out on a thing without having lobster. My dining companions had lamb and pork dishes. The pork was reportedly a little fatty for their liking, but yummy nonetheless.
I highly recommend a stop here for dinner before heading out around Soho. You might just want to grab a table and stay all night.
We adored this little gem we stumbled into as we wandered around London sans direction. After a very busy day seeing the sights, we ditched our maps and wandered Soho. Drawn to the busy chattering crown here at 5:00 on a Saturday, we were compelled to be a part of the scene.
We ordered a few bites and several glasses of wine - happy as clams in the small, energetic atmosphere. The Thai salmon cakes were delicious and the house red hit the spot. We also had a good chat with our neighboring couple who gave us a good laugh. The music was good, the waitstaff was great and that disco ball tied the whole thing together. Would definitely come again.
Last night a lobster saved my life, last night a lobster saved my life with a sooooong... Okay, it wasn't singing, it was perfectly cooked and sliced in half on my plate. But it was delicious and it made for the most perfect dinner. Along with scallops with capers and fresh lime and a dressed crab this was a dinner date to remember.
I love The Little Mermaid, I love Flounder and Sebastian - but seriously, when they taste this good I'd be first in line to see the plopped in the hot pot.
Snuggled in the heart of Soho, opposite Cox, Cake and Kink, Randall & Aubin is something of a legend with a huge local following. There are beautiful gays serving and beautiful gays flowing out the door as well as seafood fans and some suit types. They have great window seats that are perfect for people watching and a great wine list, although it was missing a Chablis.
This was a date spot for me, and it was pretty amazing. We ordered three main courses and one starter between two of us and while away a spring evening over a lovely bottle of plonk. When you are here expect to be pushed and shoved a bit, expect to pay over the odds but love it. This is London.
LOVE the decor, love the fish and chips. The fruits de mer was very delicious too! Didn't have a chance to try the dessert. If you come to London, stay near SoHo House, come eat here because its very good!
Staff is very friendly and attentive. Gets very busy after 18:00
Oh yes. Oh yes. My latest favourite. Reason for four stars - it's very pricey. I can get same selection of seafood platter in Lock Fyne for cheaper...but I guess I won't get the atmosphere!
Bar stools and tables, location (neatly tucked in Brewer St) - create an amazing hip place where you can have a date, a catch up with friends or even have something by yourself if you're in a hurry and happen to be in the area!
My friend and I (both big fans of wine) were seated quite promptly for a Thursday night. - in about 15 minutes - we had wine while waiting. Randall & Aubin definitely has a good selection of wines (crispy Japanese and sweet-ish Australian - as we had a fair bit of those, I don't remember the names).
It was warm that evening and they left the windows opened - it was absolutely lovely. Good music - but at a reasonable volume - I didn't have to shout to be heard.
Seafood platter was enough for us both. And I loved the snails - probably the first time I had those without usual garlic and butter!
Desserts - sadly, I can't have dairy so couldn't have something sophisticated, but my almond & rasberry tart was nice.
I am definitely goin back there again.
Loved the food, the atmosphere and the service.
Came here with a baby. Staff were all so friendly and played with our baby, he was loving it! The music got a little loud as the night went on. Probably not the best place to have taken our 10 month old but we were in London just visiting so didn't really have a choice.
The food was for the most part great. The seafood was very fresh, which is something I rarely say in the UK. The only complaint I had was that my halibut was a little overcooked and tasted hard. But everything else was delicious! I will definitely be going back here again. What a find!
One of the most unique dining experiences you'll get in London! The location of the restaurant is right on the adult strip of Brewer Street but it's worth braving the glaring neon lights and hustlers on the street corner to take a look at this establishment.
Its 2 main strengths are an extensive fresh seafood menu and a rotisserie. In the summer, when they open the doors and windows and the music spills out onto the pavement, you can also get the wonderful smell coming from the chickens on the spits, slowly barbecuing and caramelising. There is also a very tempting array of fresh seafood on ice by the window to gaze at and salivate.
I've enjoyed different styles of meal, all yummy. A tower of fresh fruits de mer served on crushed ice definitely makes it look, feel and taste like a celebration. Or a gorgeous, moist and tender rotisserie chicken for a quick meal.
So, make sure that there isn't a Google Streetview car passing to take a picture of you in this dodgy part of Soho and head here for a slap up meal.
Meet, Pickup, Take away - not talking about the food!!!
Friday night on the town - my boyf, my best friend Deb's and a delightful 90minute wait in a cue to get in. But abso-damn-lutly worth it. I love going to Randal & Aubin. The atmosphere, disco music blasting and the sexy waiters make this a fun evening. Boy are they sexy!!!
They have a curbside waiter (Brazilian ta ta) who will take your beverage order, buckets your bottle inside and returns on a timely basis to keep your glass full. So in ninety minutes you can guess how many trips he made. By the time we got to the door we had befriended the couple next to us and had them join us for dinner.
Daniel & Chris actually left us at 11:30 the next day after 2 nightclubs and a marathon chat in our living room. (That story another time)
The waiters are up for a laugh. We all put a pound on the table and said the first to get a kiss from the hunk Brazilian waiter wins. The waiter caught on and taunted and tempted us all night long. A very good laugh!
The food is great - 2 of us had the half lobster and wished for a whole, I had Calamari and thought it was the best I had had in London. Mmmm.... Thick crunchy, flaky coating. Deb's had the fish soup and was slightly disappointed it was cold but not enough to complain. So all in all, we had a very good night. I just hope our next visit we have to wait as long to get in the door.
Drawn by the interior/exterior charm and my love of seafood.....I visited twice.
Both times terrible terrible awful awful music. Too loud and too much like a 90's club.
However, both times lovely attentive and friendly staff.
The 'fruit de mer' is a MASSIVE let down. For a 'seafood' restaurant to put out Tasteless, overcooked and mushy Langoustines is unbelievable.
The prawns were a disgrace.
But what surprised me the most was that they had the front to put pre-cooked, pre- prepared (probably frozen) mussells.
NO excuse for this......
Dont bother wasting vast amounts of money here.
Its a shame considering the chef (doubt he's ever there) and the wonderful building.
I had wanted to give Randall & Aubin a visit for as long as my tired brain can remember. Countless reviews in restaurant guides had enforced a strong image of quality in my head a long time before I tested it for myself. And you know... gosh darn it they are right.
The atmosphere upon entering was very buzzy, to the point that is was hard to gauge whether we would be able to grab a table without reserving. I guess that is a little ploy on Randall & Aubin's behalf though - seat as many people as possible in front of the impressively large windows to purport the image of an uber-popular Soho eatery.
When I was presented with the menu, it really did take me a while to get to grips with it - which I assure you was not a bad thing! The delights on offer are definitely weighted toward swimming creatures, but do not by any means exclude the animals that stand around in fields and barns. I always enjoy having a tough time deciding what to have from a menu - it gives me an excuse to return to the restaurant if I like it!
My friend that I was there with suggested that the fish and chips was a solid option, and having been deprived by the City of Angels for numerous months, I went for the British institution. We also ordered a started to share from the special board - tempura prawns with sweet chili sauce.
When the prawns arrived, I was eager to try, however, the batter on the prawns was far more goujon than tempura and the sweet chili sauce seemed like it came from Lidl. However, all was saved when the F&C's arrived. Tasty fish and amazing sweet mushy peas were a treat. However, the chips were the sort you could see alongside any meal from Wetherspoons and the fish was the runt of the litter.
SO. All in all I enjoyed my trip to Randall & Aubin and would return. But I would love the next meal to match the style and atmosphere of the place. That really would be a "Woohoo 5 star affair".
I hate to give one star for anything. But my experience at Randell and Aubin was nothing short of horrifying.
Granted I had only been in London for a week from Los Angeles and was not up to speed on the lack luster service one may expect when eating out, this still has to rate as the WORST service I've received in London.
The restaurant itself was cute inside and seemed to have a lot of character. My boyfriend and I were seated at a communal style high top bar table with very little room to breathe. My better half went off the the restroom and the waitress came over to take our drink order. I asked for sparkling water and in response she mimed something. It was really loud and she was speaking in-audibly so I asked her to repeat herself. Again she stuck her two hands in front of her, one at her chest and her other at her stomach and mouthed something. I said, I'm sorry, I can't hear you, and she screamed, "BOTTLE OR GLASS?" Sheesh, sorry lady! Try speaking in a tone that can be heard the first time around.
Now, I realize that us californians have "radical" diets, but since I'd been enjoying the un-healthy fair that the city has to offer, I decided I needed to start eating well. Which to me is grilled meat and veggies. Not asking too much right? Wrong.
Upon scouring the menu, none of the mains seemed to fit the healthy type of meal. My partner wasn't hungry so was only having a liquid lunch. I decided to order two side dishes of vegetables in place of a main dish. The waitress barked back at me that they were busy and would not only serve side dishes. Funny, I thought, since my side dishes would be more expensive than a main. Not to mention there were many open seats in the restaurant. I quickly just said I'd have the roast chicken with no sides.
I went to the bathroom tand when I came back and there was a large group of people standing right behind where my chair was. Instead of being rude and pushing past them to take my old seat, I took the empty seat next to my boyfriend.
Another waiter came up to me and said, "You can't sit there if we have another table come in!" I told him I'd happily move if they needed me to, but I was sitting there to give the group on the other side some space. The waiter promptly went over to the group and told them to make room! The guy that was standing was offended because no one had asked him to move in the first place and this guy was barking at him. I tried to be apologetic and not look like I was ratting him out, but to no avail.
The food finally came and what I thought would simply be some roast chicken was a roast chicken alright, COVERED in GRAVY. There was NO mention of gravy on the menu. At this point, I lost my composure and for the first time in my life, cried in a restaurant. I don't cry in public period but these people put me over the edge.
I couldn't even tell you whether the gravy soaked chicken was good because I was so upset about the rude service I had received in this supposedly "nice" restaurant. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I will absolutely never be going back there. Regardless of how good a places' food is, if they treat their customers like s*** its not worth it. There are too many good restaurants in London to be subjected to that.
This place was so ridiculously good that I had to drop a note and let everyone know how spectacular it was. It had been on list to try when I'm in London for a couple of years. I got the chance to being some of my work teammates to enjoy, while we were recently there.
The short of it can be summed up by one of my coworkers: "The simple dish of Sea Bass, potatoes, and greens was one of the best seafood meals I've ever had."
Let's put that statement into a bit of context. Hailing from the SF Bay Area, you'd think we have a ton of great seafood places to nosh at. Not so. We have decent places, but nothing to rave about. Randall & Aubin is a place to rave about. Laid back, casual atmosphere (a bit cramped, but okay... I can deal with that). Food is absolutely spectacular in taking basic, fresh ingredients and letting them shine without any fuss.
I will be back again and again!
Randall and Aubin is responsible for providing me with one of the funniest meals I have ever had. Situated in the middle of Soho we knew Randall and Aubin would be aiming to pull in the pink pound a little but in all seriousness I think this place out-gays Graham Norton dancing to the Scissor Sisters in Heaven Nightclub.
When our waiter arrived to show us to our table it was impossible not to notice how ripped his mussels were. I say impossible because he was wearing a shirt at least two sized too small for him and none of the top buttons were done up. We walked past the giant disco ball which hangs in the middle of the room and climbed up on stools to reach our white marble table. It was at this point that the music kicked in and Kylie came on to serenade us with pop classics such as 'I should be so lucky' and 'Spinning Around'. It was hysterical and completely unlike any other restaurant I'd ever been to. I loved it!
To eat I ordered the rotisserie chicken and my boyfriend the lobster. Although they were both very tasty, we did find them slightly over cooked and a little chewy. However, I would forgive Randall and Aubin anything for all the entertainment it gave us. A great night out!
Ok, so this is a damn fine seafood restaurant situated slap bang in the middle of Soho. With dance music pumping to almost nightclub level this is a camp, fun experience epitomised by the gigantic mirror-ball which hangs from the ceiling.
So, why so mean with the stars Simon? Sounds like your kinda place? Answer - yes, on paper it does seem like my kind of camp, over the top fun restaurant but in reality the experience was middling to average at best.
The interior is cramped and the seating resembles several breakfast bar stools and tables which are closely packed together. Which would be fine, if the prices on the menu reflected this less than comfortable and to be honest more canteen style of eating. In reality the prices are high and the portions (on the whole) are small - the exception being my partner's crab linguine which was loaded with way too much pasta. My scallops were over cooked which was a shame as the fennel set it off well. Our friend's tuna with roasted vegetables looked good, but again the price / portion ratio just didn't match up. Best thing about the meal was the crab starter which was delicious and the definite highlight.
So, throw together the high prices, uncomfortable seating and management / waiting staff with zero personality and it was just an ok experience, hence just three stars.
It's definitely an experience dining at Randall & Aubin's and if you're flush with cash you may find it a nice little regular place to grab some high-quality seafood before a night out in Soho. As a destination restaurant to spend your hard earned cash at - I'd probably avoid. There are better places where you'll get more bang for your buck.
Randall & Aubin should watch out though, if they don't improve the food for every single plate, then they could easily go the way of that other dance-music blasting restaurant, Balans - and that's downhill...
I love this little place. And when I say "little" I mean little because it can get a more than a little busy. I've often passed on a Friday or Saturday evening and it's heaving with people waiting to be seated and those being served.
They serve everything to a seafood lover's delight in here form Oysters to Lobsters and all the fresh fish in between - yum. And the best thing is, despite its' central London location, the food always tastes totally fresh from the sea!
This place comes highly recommended by me if you are a fish lover. Maybe a Mon-Weds lunch / dinner would be a little less busy but nevertheless, the wait is always worth it!
Tucked within one of the streets of lively Soho, Randall & Aubin is an interesting little French Charcuterie and Boucherie which serves up some decent seafood and a range of rotisserie cooked meats.
I've tried their Half Grilled Lobster with garlic butter and pommes frites, and it was lovely. Quite messy to eat, especially if you eat it like me, where you really get down and dirty and try retrieve every bit of meat possible, from the main body to the claws. The garlic butter is absorbed right into the juicy white meat of the lobster, and tastes even better having been washed down with a sip of one of their Sauvignon Blancs (be sure to have a graze through their wine list which hosts an interesting choice).
Another time I went I had the Smoked Haddock and Salmon Fishcake with hollandaise and the soup du jour. The fish cakes were just right, but the only thing I remember about the soup was that it was too salty. So this meal was a bit hit and miss.
I would definitely go back for the lobster, however at £16.50 for half a lobster, the price is pretty steep. Oh and be prepared to have to raise your voice quite a bit if you want to hear what your company has to say as the music is really loud and you almost feel as if your in some sort of night club!
By far our favorite meal in London! Known for their seafood, I had the king scallops with braised broccoli fennel puree and parmentier potatoes. I felt like I wanted to chew slower just so I can savor the flavors for as long as I could! My boyfriend had the whole dressed crab, veggies and potato salad, which he loved as well! We paired our meals with a bottle of sauvignon blanc and it was heavenly. We would have like to try their seafood platter but they were out by the time we sat down.
High tables and chairs and the space is somewhat small as we had a group of people just hanging out right behind us making it hard for our waiter to get to us but the service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. Thank you R&A for leaving us with a good impression of the food in London.
If you want to eat expensive seafood & steak surrounded by a glitterball, disco house and in the heart of London's gay scene then you're in luck.
Randall & Aubin's is an expensive restaurant on Brewer Street, just down from Mdme Jo Jos. There's often a queue but I don't think you can book ahead. Seating is stools and tall tables/bars, you're unlikely to get on a real table if there are only two of you.
Service can be a bit snooty, but the overall fabulous disco experience kind of makes up for it. The menu includes lunchtime baguettes filled with chicken or steak or similar, lobster and fries, various seafood elements (they have a fresh counter), amazing herbed rotiserrie chicken which is very melt in the mouth and various steaks. Mains are around £12 and I've never had a bad meal. I'd really like to try their lunchtime baguettes though.
Great food. Fair prices. Small and fun.
R & A is a no-nonsense restaurant with absolutely delicious fish and seafood. They do serve meat but the fishy stuff is so yummy that I have never wanted to try it out. The fish is cooked to perfection and is so so fresh! The accompaniments are yummy, inventive yet simple so they do not overshadow the fish.
So far I've only visited on late afternoons and early evenings, so I never had to queue but there has been people waiting by the time we left. Even with a queue the staff do not try to boot you out in order to turn over tables but has in fact been a bit too slow to take orders and bring the bill (even when quiet).
The wine list is extensive and varied and they have got good champagnes.
Lovely, if pricey, lively, old-school French restaurant, serving mainly seafood with Gallic flair.
I have had a couple of lunches here (both on the company, and I suspect most others were not paying for themselves, either) and both were excellent.
Portions are not huge, so you will need three courses, prices are quite high (but not outrageously so) and you cannot book, so get there early with your company credit card / rich uncle etc or not at all.
Without hesitation I'm giving R&A five stars and am frankly surprised that so many reviewers have given it four. Either way this should tell you something about the location, atmosphere, decor, food and service here. Pretty much faultless.
In a sense what is so lovely about this place is that it doesn't try too hard to be a great little find, it simply is. Smack in the middle of seediest Soho, with huge windows looking out at the hoardes of mashed up lunatics and uber cool freaks that parade the streets, it has a buzzy atmosphere even on a rare quiet day. Original Victorian butcher's tiles clad the walls, adorned with stylish black and white photographs, then wrought iron meat racks and hooks looming overhead. An unexpected yet effective combination. Then for a total curve ball, how about throw some disco balls in to the mix? This timelessly maverick eaterie embodies all that is Soho about Soho. Crustacea and funk executed with elegance, how can it possibly work? I have no idea, but it does.
If you ever meet a friend in town and they're feeling down or upset about some trivial matter, bring them here for oysters and champagne or a bone dry white and I guarantee you their spirits will be lifted. Seafood platters are a speciality and being something of a pescetarian that suits me just fine, although the unfussy menu caters to many tastes with lamb, veal, steak, sausages, pork and chicken all putting in an appearance. Vegetarian? Forget it.
Notable successes include the native or rock oysters, Cornish crab terrine (no longer available) beef carpaccio - so light and delicate, roasted halibut which was amazingly tender, soft and flavoursome, cooked to the perfect temperature. A solid wine list to wash down this oceanic sustenance. Their Gavi di Gavi is bliss in a bottle as is the Saint Clair NZ Riesling.
R&A is noisy, bustling, cool and reassuringly antiquated. Where they've succeeded is as much in what they haven't done as what they have done. For example resisting the urge to shake cocktails or bring in a dj or start overworking the menu for example by catering to vegetarians. No such folly here. Ok yes it is a bit pricey but do you ever get what you pay for? Yes! Frankly in my opinion restaurants in London don't get much better than this. Long may R&A reign supreme.
This rating is based on my patronage of the place over a decade ago, long before yelp. Very pleased to find out they still exist. Then again, it's British, bound to live on to be a relic of an ancient city. :)
If memory serves right, my fish and chip (must have at least once when in Britain) was delicious, loved it. Sea bass and tuna (I think) on the next few visits were just as enjoyable. Location was very convenient. Walk from the Leicester tube station through China town was a breeze then when in town straight from the city-of-walking, Singapore. After a decade in the-city-of cars, Atlanta, interested to find out just how close (or, far) R&A may seem from the same tube station.
All in all pleasant memory. Good to see positive reviews on yelp, now that I'm looking up old places to revisit when in London for my elementary school reunion next month. Simply wild - elementary!
A friend of mine suggested this place to meet for dinner after work. I had walked past this restaurant numerous times in the past and assumed it was a glorified fish and chip restaurant. How wrong I was!
There was line outside at 7.30 and it was still there when I left at 10 'o clock. It was very busy but the host and the waitress were fantastic and very accommodating. Be warned, it can be a little cramped in there and several times I had to move my chair to let people through.
Anyway the food was excellent. I started with a Lobster salad with red pepper salsa ( Yum) followed by Roast Loin of Lamb with apple & mint jelly ( wasn't sure at first but YUM, YUM). This was all washed down with generous glasses of Merlot( mmmmm....) I was stuffed by this point but my companion convinced me to share a cheesecake and a desert wine.
It has been a long time since I have been to restaurant raved about it but that time has come again. The food was tasty and well prepared. I can't wait to go back! YUM, YUM, YUMMY!
I like this rather crazy restaurant more than anywhere else in London.
Last autumn I was queuing (patiently, for me) outside for places to become free for 3 of us (and watching out for queue bargers intent on cheating, which the good-natured, hip and energetic staff were efficient at politely controlling) when one of the waiters came outside with a tray-full of glasses of chilled champagne for those of us waiting on the pavement ~ what a nice touch and good business!
I've only ever eaten shell-fish there, which is always fresh and perfectly prepared; its a small restaurant and it gets really busy, but the service is always attentive and humorous, whilst remaining professional; the wines are kept deliciously cold.
I can't recommend it more highly.
I've never had a bad time at R&A and I've been there loads....with my mom, my partner, girlfriend over from the states for her birthday, on my own. The food is always great and those boys and girls who wait tables are fun and sexy (if sometimes a bit unresponsive!). We'll forgive the wait at the door, for the food and for the cheque...because we all love R&A!
Lovely little place, with delicious lobster and chips... However, emphasis on the 'little' which means that it was difficult to get elbow room, and if you're stuck next to a loudmouth like I was, then you're in for misery.
Do not come here if mind standing outside while a table opens up though they will bring a drink while you wait.. Also do not expect a private table as no such thing here. Service was good and food was amazing though my fried sole would have been better without frying and simple butter or lemon sauce. The half lobster with either pomme frittes or salad was amazing as obviously very recently caught as no gap between meat and shell. Only thing other than not fancy digs kept this from being five star was forcing you to pay 1.50 for bread and olives they place in front of you without asking.
Great atmosphere, great for an intimate lunch. Food is very nice, wholesome, fresh. Service is well timed. Two visits in a week. Mind the step
The food here is create - lovely moules marinere and a great salt beef sandwich with courgette fries. The maitre D and waiter we had were charming and flirtatious and the wine fairly well priced and good. As with other reviews though the music was far too loud and much too 90s dance house for my taste. Such a shame as we had a great meal but had to shout to hear each other...
Really loved this place. The atmosphere was that of a laid back yet classy bar. The food was great, best fish and chips I had during my stay in London. Finally the waiters also did a great job being attentive to everything.
R&A Is now my absolute favorite Sunday brunch spot. Even with my two children! The fish and chips are super tasty for the little ones, and they love the dance music!
R&A has been a favourite of mine for years - there is no restaurant that compares, not even close. And I'm not just talking about the food (which is strangely only part of its beauty, but if you're curious: they do really great seafood including excellent moules marinière/provencale, smoked salmon topped with blinis and caviar and a superb salad of scallops, papaya and mango; the frites are my chip heaven - skinny but not too crispy; and the bread, almost worth the trip alone, can be three-times enjoyed - dipped in oily olive juice, smeared with butter (where oh where is this butter from?) or dunked in the moules soup)...
The ambiance is camp brasserie disco dinner party. When it's busy (most nights), prepare to have to shout over your food and wait in a crowded queue to be seated (no reservations) - there's also no bar but the staff is happy to bring you wine from a varied and well-priced list.
Really good fun.
This is a wonderful little French-flavoured place which hints at the authentic ex-pat gallic culture which Soho used to call its own. Wander past the old timber-framed cafe on any given lunchtime and be tempted by the piles of fresh prawns, dressed crabs and whole langoustines and lobsters. On no visit have I been left waiting for a table nor wishing for a bit more of an atmosphere - there always seems to be a wonderful buzz to the inside with the just the right size of crowd tucking into their moules frites or fresh oysters. Good belgian and continental beers, and, naturally enough, an outstanding wine list. I haven't visited at night, but I can imagine it gets pretty hectic.
You can smell the fresh seafood once you start your wait for a table (for which you have to stand outside). Seemingly always very full, lively, noisey, and fairly cramped, but good food and good service. Probably won't get the grilled sea bass again because of the bones, while the desserts (shared the date pudding and vanilla creme brûlée) made me regret not going to Snog directly across the street for dessert instead. Good varied menu with lots to choose from, especially when you see the day's specials, too. Great soho spot (minus the typical brothel across street)!
R&R is a great little place with loads of character and a good vibe. It's all simple but wonderful brasserie fares albeit a little expensive for what you get: note that the meat is as good as the fish and shellfish. Although it is difficult to resist the temptation of the whole lobster...
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