It's been nearly 2 decades since I was last at Quo Vadis, one of the names which many would regard as synonymous with Soho's gourmet scene. Back there again last night, and it's packed as ever. Some dishes we had:
- Kickshaws: crisp, deep-fried pastries with creamy chicken filling. Nice, though it felt fairly pedestrian.
- Seabass, asparagus, aioli and potatoes: Fresh fillets and relatively bland-ish sauce.
- Onglet, asparagus & horseradish: Pepper-encrusted grilled beef, served rare, with asparagus spears and a pickled walnut (interesting) on the side. Chewy meat, very plain.
- Chicken pie and mash: creamy chicken filling, tasted almost like the kickshaw filling. Chicken fillet pieces were nice and tender, but the dish overall was also a bit plain/bland.
- Chips: very fat, thumb-sized pieces served here. Tasted pretty heavy.
I liked the idea of being back at an old Soho dining institution. Just wasn't exactly bowled over by the food, which very much felt like school canteen fare.
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