Saturday, 7 April 2012
Lunch at Quo Vadis
Lucian Freud exhibition at the Portrait Gallery but could only get tickets for 4 pm. So, long lunch and then go, or view exhibition and dine early evening? We chose the former. Next time we'll do the latter. The problem is that it was such a very good lunch and we just wanted to doze afterwards, despite alcohol not being involved. Quo Vadis has been in Dean Street, Soho for many years. Now it has had a revamp and chef Jeremy Lee is the new resident man in the kitchen. This was enough to tempt me without even looking at the menu. Foodycat and I had seen him having lunch when we first dined at Le Café Anglais and in fact Quo Vadis is very similar is style and decor to that institution. The restaurant is a series of small rooms but because of all the glass around it feels spacious and airy like one large room. On arrival you are greeted by a sensational display of fruit and flowers - Amalfi lemons and Seville oranges this time since you ask. Toby Young. I am not very good at sorting out famous people be they bald or not but at least I knew he wasn't Gregg Wallace or Yul Brynner. He was joined later by a young man who also looked like a journalist but could equally be someone quite different. I did not want to talk to Mr Young. His setting up of a Free School in nearby Ealing does not please me.