On a cobbled courtyard just off Carnaby Street in Soho you’ll find Antidote, an all-day wine bar with a menu of charcuterie, cheese and small plates, with a first floor ‘proper’ restaurant upstairs, which is open for lunch and dinner.
Antidote also has a number of tables on the terrace outside, which you can even book at lunchtime.
You might have read about Antidote’s involvement with Mikael Jonsson (of Michelin-starred Hedone), and although he consults on the menu, the kitchen is run by head chef Chris Johns.
The restaurant itself is run by the affable and knowledgeable Guillaume Siard and business partner Thierry Bouteloup, who before Antidote, ran La Trouvaille on the same site.
The first thing that strikes you about Antidote is that it seems like exceptionally good value (it is) with 4 courses for £40 at dinner.
The second is that the bread is really, really good (it is made in the kitchens of Hedone every day), including a fantastic crusted sourdough.
The food at Antidote…
Beautifully presented in small cubes, the wild Scottish trout with cucumber and seaweed purée was a light, fresh starter.
Monkfish with spring cabbage and mussel sauce looked a little odd on the plate initially, but was exquisite to taste; and the lamb with aubergine and turmeric was deliciously rich and fatty.
Dessert of confit pineapple with white chocolate and coconut was a refreshing finish, with the pineapple flavour being rather subtle and not overpowering.
As you might expect, the wine list is largely from France, but it focuses solely on smaller producers of biodynamic and organic wines.
With a fairly industrial look of bare wood tables and steel chairs, a wall of banquette seating and the blue / grey wall colour scheme prevents the space from feeling too cold.
I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Antidote – the set menu is excellent value and the cooking far exceeded expectations.