Published 18 October 2021
by Henry Southan
After 18 months of closure, Bob Bob Ricard’s sister restaurant in the City will relaunch in Leadenhall Street on 26 October.
Having initially opened in May 2019 under the name ‘Bob Bob Cité,’ owner Leonid Shutov decided that the city site should be more aligned with the original in Soho, and therefore revamped the décor and menu.
Designers Shayne Brady at Brady Williams collaborated with Shutov on the design, adding “a warmth and cosiness along with an evocation of luxury superyachts.” The design of the original was led by David Collins Studio, and was inspired by Edwardian train travel. It seems like they’re going for luxury travel orientated décor again. No expense has been spared (again).
London has seen a rise in design-led restaurants since the pandemic, and some have been criticised for not having the quality of food to match the tenacity of the décor, but from what we know about Bob Bob Ricard in Soho, and the critical acclaim it has gained itself, we think both elements are of equal importance.
Head chef Ben Hobson brings a wealth of experience from his time at Galvin at Windows and Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers in Marlow. As well as Bob Bob Ricard favourites such as beef Wellington, dégustation of caviar and oysters ‘Rasputin,’ the relaunched site introduces a ‘bistrôt deluxe’ menu including dishes such as escargots en persillade, classic Russian salad, and cassoulet with duck confit.
On Hobson’s appointment, Shutov told CODE: “Ben has been working very hard behind the scenes for many months in the lead up to the reopening. He brings with him tremendous passion, talent, and classic French expertise from his many years working with the Galvins.”
The iconic ‘press for champagne’ buttons are also here to stay, and are promised to be positioned on every booth with a selection of 70 champagnes to choose from, and ten by the glass.