Soho legend, The Gay Hussar (founded 1953 and RIP since 2018) has been rejuvenated by Noble Rot’s Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew and opened in September 2020. Even in its heyday, the point of a meal here was to polish off a conspiratorial bottle of wine or two rather than critiquing its stodgy Hungarian scoff. So its ressurection by a wine-focussed group feels like a true continuation of its former spirit. This sense of continuity is reinforced by its still old-fashioned decor, with dark wood-panelling and cartoons from Martin Rowson. Nice to have the old haunt back again. But the dishes are now (thank heavens) much better; even if chef Paul Weaver (with input from The Sportsman's Stephen Harris) does incorporate the odd Mitteleuropean note into what’s essentially a hearty, modern European menu.
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“An admirable replacement for the Gay Hussar and a great sibling to the original Noble Rot” – this legendary Soho site (founded as the Gay Hussar in 1953, and closed in 2018) has been rejuvenated by Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew and re-opened in September 2020. Even in its heyday, the point of a meal here was to polish off a conspiratorial bottle of wine or two, rather than critiquing its stodgy Hungarian scoff. So its resurrection by a wine-focussed group feels like a true continuation of its former spirit and “there is no end to exploring the wine list” which recreates the excellence of the first Noble Rot; as does its “warm, knowledgeable and impressively passionate service”. The interior was always “really lovely” and retains its still old-fashioned looks, with dark wood-panelling and cartoons from Martin Rowson. Meanwhile “the food quality has been transformed for the better” (thank heavens!) with chef Paul Weaver (aided by input from The Sportsman’s Stephen Harris) “maintaining a more-than-respectful nod to the past” by including the odd Mitteleuropean note in what’s essentially a hearty, modern European menu. “Love it!”
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Noble Rot Soho Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Warm, attentive and friendly service, fashionable and lovely interiors. Good quality ingredients for a without surprise food. As an Italian who loves Sicily I suggest the Sicilian dish with fish is ok but should be better to increase the amount of couscous itself, very poor in my dish."
"Great food - the slip sole was divine. Amazing wine list and fantastic service"
"Early days, right now it lasts the character of its older sibling in Lambsconduit Street"
"Lovely food and good service"
"Just fabulous! The three of us had a wonderful evening with delicious food with slip sole followed by the beef cheek with barley and horseradish which melted in my mouth. This was washed down with the very palatable house wine, a vinho verde aptly named 'chin chin' The service was great, very unpretentious and the bill for all this was exceptionally reasonable, particularly as most restaurants seem to gone quite the other way since the lockdowns"
"Starter and Main courses were enjoyable and as expected good wine matches by the glass. However, service couldn't keep up with their tight dining windows so we never got to try dessert and no suggestion what to do in what i suspect is a regular circumstance (try the whisky bar next door was it!)"
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
2 Greek Street, London, W1D 4NB
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|