City eats: Vinoteca, Soho

I mentioned recently that I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Soho, it’s an area which is so central and convenient but I’m discovering a side of it full of great bars and restaurants which sum up why it’s so great to live here (and explore!).   So… feeling ravenous for my evening meal I thought I’d fill my appetite with some thoughts of a city eat treat, and share a Soho find with you – Vinoteca.

As the name may suggest wine lies at the heart of Vinoteca, my sources tell me it started out as a wine bar and grew into three locations boasting not only wine but some great food to match!  Soho is their latest addition and having already tried out their Marylebone offering, when we stumbled across it after a few drinks on Lexington Street, it was an easy decision!

The decor is easy on the eye (you can’t beat bare bricks and vintage posters) and from your Soho seat on Beak Street, you can watch the buzz of the city go by whilst you enjoy your meal or your wine.

The food menu changes every day which is usually a nod to the freshness of the ingredients used, but on the two visits I’ve made there were some staple choices hard to resist.  On both occasions we opted for sharing small dishes, great if you don’t have a big appetite, and if you’re on a date adds a bit of foodie chat to your evening.

So at our Soho table arrived large plates of soft cured meats, a couple of mackerel salads, baskets of  springy fresh bread, table staple olives, triple cooked chips and chorizo croquettes ….. mmmm.  Sadly I have no pictures to get your mouths watering too, but I promise you it was pretty delicious and the wine washed it down very well!

It’s definitely a city eat which offers simple, reliable and tasty options, found in a handy central location (it’s really close to Regent Street and Oxford Street for the shoppers out there!)  I also think that if you know your wines well, they looked confident in being able to please you!

The total meal with a couple of bottles of wine came to about £25 each which for London isn’t that bad!

Have you tried Vinoteca? Or have a favourite foodie find in Soho?

Image credits – Vinoteca.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. June 27, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Loved my visit to Vinoteca! We ate arancini and olives, and drank prosecco. It wasn’t too pricey and the staff were on the ball. It felt like a really friendly place to hang out – even though it is just tucked behind the mahem of Soho!