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Replacing Victor Garvey's Spanish restaurant Rambla is Victor Garvey's Californian restaurant Sola.

survey result

Summary

£210
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Slightly unorthodox” but “exceptional” Californian food “made with super, luxury ingredients” and backed up by “an interesting and mainly Californian wine list” mean Victor Garvey’s acclaimed four-year-old is “the place to head for in Soho for an out-of-the-ordinary meal”; and some believe “it should have two stars from the tyre men”. (“Highlights included flambéed langoustines with a dashi broth and foie gras; and that rare thing, a grapefruit dessert with jelly, sorbet, consommé and meringue”). If there’s a reservation, it’s about the “small and cramped-feeling” space, which critics feel “for a VERY expensive meal has really no sense of occasion at all” (“it is essentially an unremarkable café in Soho with staff who might have been officiating at some kind of sacred ceremony in a High Temple!”).

Summary

£104
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of London’s finest gastronomic experiences” – Victor Garvey’s “slightly unorthodox” Californian in Soho (’SO’ho via ’LA’) had its late-2019 debut slightly stymied by Covid, but is nowadays “consistently serving some of the most interesting food in London, using exceptional produce”; and with “brilliant ideas and concepts in each dish”. Staff are “chatty”“overly so” for one or two diners, but “passionate and knowledgeable” to others – while the setting is “lacking atmosphere” or cleanly designed according to your taste. Dishes inspiring comment have included “amazing extra-large langoustines”, “superb tuna and caviar” and a “delicious grapefruit dessert”.

Summary

4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb in every way!” – Victor Garvey’s decision to close his “small” tapas restaurant Rambla (RIP) and to transform it in late 2019 into a highly “original” top-end venue has paid off. The idea is to celebrate ‘the modern cuisine of America’s Pacific West Coast, bringing a taste of California to Soho, via LA’ (hence the SOLA name, geddit). In practice, this means a plant-filled interior; a strong, well-priced list of Californian wine; and high priority placed on “exceptional ingredients” (with an emphasis on seafood). “It delivers all you could want from a top-end London restaurant whilst still feeling like you’re dining in a small local bistro”. The “creative” cooking is “freshly seasonal” (e.g. “exceptional tomato salad”) – “the only drawback is the £139 tasting menu price tag, with no £89 prix fixe option available to weekend diners”. In January 2021, it earned the first Michelin star for an American-cuisine restaurant outside of the US.

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 169.00 Always available 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

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SOLA Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of SOLA Restaurant in W1D, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of SOLA restaurant.
Stephen K
A small restaurant that really delivers if ...
Reviewed 6 months, 24 days ago

"A small restaurant that really delivers if you can get a booking. There is a lovely Asian influence and the wine pairings are superb - an excellent sommelier."

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64 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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