Quo Vadis Soho, London, 4/28/18

exterior
exterior

Quo Vadis is small place with about 8 tables in the dining room along with 5 stools at the bar.  Upstairs they have some party rooms as well as a private club space.   A couple tables are outside, if the weather cooperates.  One artist has provided graphics for their menu as well as doing large drawings for the dining room walls.  The tables are close and covered with white clothes and set with matching white napkins. A lower ceiling, no background music, lowered lighting and a large stained glass window that looks out to the street set a comfortable ambiance.  The place opened in 1926 as an Italian restaurant and in the 2000s became the cozy little place it is now.  The menu changes fairly regularly and it is only a la carte.   The portions are suitable for sharing and lots of sides are offered.  The staff are super friendly and enthusiastic.  

neon sign
neon sign
entrance
entrance
some of the stained glass window
some of the stained glass window from outside
Frankie found flowers
Frankie found flowers
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie tried out the bench seating
Frankie tried out the bench seating
menu
menu
table set up
table set up
wall art
wall art
Frankie and a cocktail
Frankie and a cocktail
bread
bread
butter
butter
Waiter and Frankie
Fun waiter Oliver and Frankie

 

The smoked eel sandwich was amazing.  The smoky eel was perfectly balanced by a horseradish sauce and pickled onions.  It’s been on the menu over 10 years and was served on toasted bread.  It was a bit difficult to split but not to be missed.

smoked eel sandwich
smoked eel sandwich
from the top
from the top
side
side
underneath
underneath
wall art
wall art
Frankie liked the table flower
Frankie liked the table flower

 

Baked salsify and parmesan was salsify cooked and coated with parmesan and then topped with more parmesan.  It was tasty and the salsify still had lots of texture.

baked salsify and parmesan
baked salsify and parmesan
inside
inside
inside
closer
wall art
wall art
Frankie liked having salt and pepper grinders on the table
Frankie liked having salt and pepper grinders on the table
Frankie found their wood pile
Frankie found their wood pile

 

Crab and mayonnaise was very mild.  The crab and mayo mixed perfectly and a nice crisp toast was served alongside if you wanted to spread it on there.  I might have preferred if the mayo would have been premixed with the crab for easier handling but this way it didn’t dilute the taste of the crab.  A pleasant taste in this nice dish.

crab and mayonnaise
crab and mayonnaise
closer
closer
toast
toast
mayo
mayo
wine
wine
Frankie checked out the water bottle
Frankie checked out the water bottle

 

Grilled middle white pork, spring vegetables and wild garlic was a main plate.  The pork was fine and had nice flavor but a tad lean and dry.  It was served alongside a mix of spring green vegetables – peas, fava beans, zuchinni, asparagus – but some were overcooked.  We ordered a side of Jersey Royals potatoes to go with the dish and they were excellent.

grilled middle white pork, spring vegetables and wild garlic
grilled middle white pork, spring vegetables and wild garlic
another angle
other side
another angle
another angle
Jersey royals
Jersey royals
Frankie posed with some of the flowers
Frankie posed with some of the flowers
art
art

 

We also had Today’s Pie and Mash which was a chicken pie.  The pie was huge and came with a wonderful flakey pastry over the top.  The pie was filled with moist chunks of chicken and herbs in a creamy sauce and served alongside was a cup of mashed potatoes.  The potatoes were ordinary but the pie was divine.  We had a side of asparagus and butter sauce with this dish and the asparagus were nicely cooked but the butter sauce didn’t really make it for me.  It had a lot of lemon and vinegar in it that overshadowed the taste of the asparagus.

Today's pie and mash
Today’s pie and mash
from the side
from the side
inside pie
inside
Asparagus and butter sauce
Asparagus and butter sauce
Frankie gave them a sniff
Frankie gave them a sniff
little closer
little closer
mashed potatoes
mashed potatoes
Frankie looked for leftovers
Frankie looked for leftovers

 

For dessert we had the Sticky toffee pudding and cream.  It was a moist cake surrounded by a brown sugar and butter sauce.  The ultra moist cake was sweet with chewy bits inside and was a total sweet fix.  This is another item that stays on their menu.

back of dessert menu
dessert menu cover
dessert menu
dessert menu
Frankie found a cat on the menu
Frankie found a cat on the menu
Sticky toffee pudding and cream
Sticky toffee pudding and cream
closer
closer
another side
another angle
Frankie found more flowers
Frankie found more flowers

 

The Almond, chocolate and marmalade tart was served with ice cream and cream.  The crust was made of almond meringue and the interior was full of good textures and sweetness.  Another delicious ending to a very tasty meal.

Almond, chocolate and marmalade tart
Almond, chocolate and marmalade tart
closer
closer
other side
other side
closer
closer
Frankie tried to choose
Frankie tried to choose
Stained glass window
Stained glass window from inside
Frankie found lots of flowers
Frankie found lots of flowers

 

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