Dining Report: Sola Soho, London

The following below is an extract from our Secret Diner Report from newly opened 1 Michelin Star Restaurant Sola Soho in London.


Our reports are usually 3/4 pages long and provide comprehensive commentary on areas like: Staff knowledge and service, sales strategies, ambiance, wait time, product knowledge, food quality, design success and offer any recommendations for improvement.

Bar was small and well stocked, the waiter asked if we would like an aperitif, a lethal looking bottle of pure Vodka caught our eye. The waiter brought the Vodka Martinis promptly on time. The room is small and some minor niggles. The . . . . .


After they brought out the waves of canapés and amuse bouchées we finally began with the very delicate tartlet of bluefin tuna, lots of marbling in the belly what gives its delicious taste, even more added flavour was topped with a pretty good spoonful of caviar from a N25, a well known quality caviar supplier . . . . . .


I was particularly impressed with the explanation about the . . . . . .


There was no long waiting in between courses . . . . . . .

Venison was nicely cooked, beautiful well balanced meat jus, wild mushrooms and a wonderful surprise the waiter appeared with a black truffle, shaving it all over our venison, lovely touch. The sommelier had appeared, not an ounce of arrogance or stiffness . . . . . . . .


The restaurant was very busy had a great atmosphere, was evident they would like to relay tables which is not such a bad thing as far as we’re concerned, we hate sitting waiting for long periods . . . . . . . . .


At the end of the meal in some restaurants you left with the feeling that you had been charmingly mugged. We knew of course that preliminary . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



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