Monday, 30 January 2012

A most welcome Antidote

A review of Antidote, Carnaby Street, W1.

The word “antidote” refers to “anything that counteracts or neutalises a harmful or unwanted condition.” Soho’s Antidote restaurant does just such by cheering the soul through the provision of honest, earthy food and drink in a most convivial setting.

Pavement dining at Antidote

On the site of what was a fine dining restaurant named La Trouvaille, Antidote is situated in a buzzy location just off Carnaby Street in Soho. Ably managed by the most personable Guillaume Siard, this is a bistro that gives French dishes an English twist through the input of chef Andy Jones, who previously worked with Richard Corrigan.

The menu is divided into bar snacks, small dishes and grills featuring beef from the Buccleuch Estates. From it, we opted to begin with some most tasty fish croquettes with aioli (£4.50) from a bar snack menu. Next came a superbly tender rolled pig’s cheek with a pepper relish (£6.50) that just melted in the mouth and a chicken chasseur (£9) that was sadly a little bland.

Moving on, we chose to share a baked Vacherin that was well worth a 25-minute wait. Accompanied by charcuterie and sautéed potatoes, this is a winter dish that deservedly is one of the restaurant’s most popular signature dishes.

 Antidote's wine bar

To conclude, we opted to share a rich chocolate mousse and a tarte Tatin (both at £6) with caramel ice cream that was utterly delicious. A selection of French artisan cheeses completed the meal just perfectly.

The extensive wine offering at Antidote, which is also available at retail price to take home, is organic and biodynamic. Focused mainly on wines from the South of France, prices range £20 to £168 a bottle. Amongst them are a floral Domaine Giachino, Rousette de Savoire at £41 a bottle and a zesty Domaine de Veiloux, Les Veilleurs, Cheverny at £39 a bottle. We were lucky enough to try an extensive selection and for any wine connoisseur looking for great wines from independent vintners, Antidote is the perfect spot to enjoy them.

Overall, I’d suggest Antidote is a well-run bistro that truly and most deservedly should become one not to miss.

Antidote, 12a Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RR. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7287 8488. Website:

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1 comment:

Adam Peterson said...

Tried this place last year. Very good food. Your review is spot on my friend.