Vinoteca, Soho – Peering into the window of Vinoteca (yes, again) fascinates me. I have to admit that for once, I was wooed into a restaurant because of it’s wine menu. Can a restaurant of such size (Vinoteca is not big) be able to stock all those wines? It only became clear to me when we were given a folder of their drinks menu that Vinoteca was a wine bar. I don’t know the definition of what a wine bar constitutes but it all makes sense now with regards to the vast range of wine that they store. All it looked to me, from the outside was a posh cafe / restaurant style with wine in profusion. We came across Vinoteca purely by chance.
I enjoy wine, red often. If you do too, you will definitely like Vinoteca. You will go bonkers just reading their wine menu. I feel in need of so much more to learn from the world of wine. I only hope that my Asian genetic structure can cope. It has a very interesting selection of wine from all over the world. The drinks are also available for purchase online – wine / sparkling / fortified wine / cider. It is definitely a foodie gift for any connoisseur or sybarite :).
Of course they are not as large as the other the other wine dealers in the country but this also depends on the taste of the individual sourcing for niche products. Oh, my dream job!
Vinoteca is opened for lunch and dinner, with a fantastic price for plate of the day at GBP 10.00 or GBP 12.00 with a glass of wine; mainly Mediterranean style with a recommendation of wine to go with your meal. Starters are priced from GBP 6.00 onwards, mains from GBP 10.00 and desserts from GBP 6.00, bar plates starts from GBP 3.00. It is not a large menu but a handful of very appetising sounding dishes. They are not only passionate for their wine but also there is a chef back there that cares where the ingredients are sourced. Plates of the day are rotated fairly often. Can I recommend any more?
Vinoteca covers the ground and first floor. On the ground floor, there is more natural light that throws in from the large windows. On the first floor, gives the more romantic feel of the place. Both dining rooms are small. When the room is filled, can be a little crammy. My rough guess about 30 in each room. Music was slightly too loud to have a conversation. Most afternoon diners look like office workers. Suitable for quick meet up with friends in central, couple, business sessions or foodie adventure.
And, the food was served up with just the right timing.
roast breast of corn fed chicken with chestnut mushrooms and thyme GBP 10.00 – the chicken meat was well infused with the taste of thyme, and was served on a bed of kale: a tasty dish indeed. But I did wonder if it was just button mushrooms instead. Nevertheless, did not spoil my enjoyment.
bouride of seabass, mackarel, cod, clams, mussels, coriander relish GBP 10.00 – generous portion on the plate, cooking terms dictate this dish as having enough height. The coriander relish is more of a coriander pesto.
Service was impeccable. Waiters were more casually dressed and friendly rather than a more formal set up for a wine bar. If I’d known of this place, I would have been earlier. Highly recommended, or did I mention this too many times already? GO.
53-55 Beak Street
+44 (0)20 3544 7411