All reader reviews by david_banner2007

Ruby Blue

Well first of all I must say that Ruby Blue has done the impossible and has restored my faith in what a Central London club and restaurant should be like…Over the last few months on travels I have been disappointed in my quest to find the complete package, and it is safe to say that quest ended when I arrived at Ruby Blue…

Firstly it is refreshing when staff welcome you to the club… once inside there is a warm glow of stylish décor which is easy on the eyes and is quite comforting, I felt relaxed…Ruby Blue is set on two levels… the upper level offers the bar with a terrace view overlooking Leicester Square… a uniqueness which I find appealing against other venues in the area, this also includes a dance floor; with fresh and funky beats that is very active during the evening. On the same level is the restaurant ‘The Royale’ with a refined retro look that offers a calming relaxing atmosphere whilst you dine, but more of that later…

The lower level is the main bar and dance area with enclosed VIP areas which are individually styled; these VIP areas offer privacy but at the same time you’re not cut off from all the excitement and action on the dance floor…

On both floors the bar staff and bar backs are very welcoming and efficient and the bar offers a wide variety of cocktails and wine to suit anyone’s poison. Despite other reviews I actually found the price of drinks here very reasonable compared to other establishments, and the quality of those drinks especially the cocktails I feel is reflected in the price… I certainly think the price of Champagne is very reasonable and is one of the bars assets especially if you wish to celebrate. At the bar I would definitely recommend the Grenache/Merlot - Fleur de Vignes, and the Mojito; not to everyone’s taste but it is definitely sharp refreshing. As for the Grenache its smooth taste makes for a pleasant tipple whilst enjoying the food at the ‘The Royale’ Restaurant.

And where better to celebrate… on the two previous occasions I was here on a Saturday night, and Ruby Blue proves to be very popular with Hen and Birthday parties as it can cater to everyone’s needs and tastes all under one roof…what makes it so successful is just one word ‘Service’ The service here at Ruby Blue is outstanding, particularly in the restaurant, but on the whole the staff are very friendly, warm and welcoming, they are a real asset to club.

‘The Royale’ Restaurant I have to admit has been the best restaurant experience I’ve had since I’ve checked out the London dining scene. The restaurant has undergone a retro refit that not only looks fresh and is well lit but for sake of design is still very comfortable to dine in… At the far end the view overlooks the balcony and there is a section of restaurant again with a change of stylish décor suitable as enclosed VIP dining area to cater for larger parties. In the corner there is grand piano, which during the early evening of the first Saturday I visited live music was played by the pianist who sung a few easy listening tunes in between fresh funky beats belted out from the adjoining bar.

Again the back of house team are a credit to the restaurant… and the waiting staff here are very welcoming efficient and friendly…The organisation of the restaurant I found to be outstanding especially when they were running during maximum capacity. This I found to be the case during my second visit to the restaurant, and despite the fact I was dining on my own, the atmosphere inside was so friendly, and enjoyable I didn’t feel intimidated especially being surrounded by so many hen parties…

Onto the food, the a la carte menu offers diversity and choice to suit anyone’s palette with simple but refined dishes. To start I chose Hand Battered Sesame Tiger Prawns

with sweet chilli, red onion and coriander mayonnaise. This is a dish which not only looked well made and presented but tasted divine… the tiger prawns were succulent and juicy and the hand made batter was spot on, not over done… for such a simple taste I found the sweet chilli mayonnaise complemented the dish well and offered a refreshing and tangy taste to such a simple dish…. Top marks go to who ever decided upon the Spring /Summer Menu.

On the first evening for the main course I chose Centre Cut Fillet of Beef

with fondant potato, creamed Savoy cabbage, bacon and wild mushroom, again presentation, and quality of the dish was outstanding. I decided for the fillet of beef to be cooked medium rare and I definitely wasn’t disappointed, the taste and texture was spot on and again bacon and wild mushroom complemented the dish very well. It was a dish that definitely got my taste buds tingling and is a main course I would definately recommend.

On the second evening I chose Prime Salmon Fillet with extra virgin olive oil mash, leek, tomato and vanilla infused cream sauce. Again I wasn’t disappointed the Salmon was succulent and you could really taste the vanilla cream sauce which turned the simple taste of Salmon into something delicious and refined. The virgin oil mash was smooth tasting and had the right measure of tomato and leek for a really elegant taste. Top marks guys.

Finally the best way to finish of the dining experience… Dessert… and the real winner of dessert is New York Vanilla Cheesecake with fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis, and what can I say I was in cheesecake heaven…

On price although not the cheapest by far I’d say the quality and the I would say the panache of such well presented and well made dishes here at ‘The Royale’ is clearly reflected in the price. I would say you definitely wouldn’t be disappointed by the time you receive the bill.

Dancing the night away to sexy, funky house and RnB, with commercial chart and dance music in the mix on Saturdays, there should be no excuses as to why you’re not on the dance floor…. With a little Latin fever on Wednesday; especially as I’m partial to Latin dancing, I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the dance experience here at Ruby Blue…

Finally Ruby Blue in my mind has definitely set the standard of which I would measure other restaurants and clubs by… A standard that primarily is supported by the club’s best asset and that is the staff who made the whole dining, drinking and dancing experience all the more enjoyable…. A fabulous experience what ever the occasion, and I will guarantee you won’t be disappointed…Ruby Blue is definitely a place I would recommend and will be returning to soon to chill out and enjoy the three D’s, Dinner, Drink and Dance.

Friday, June 15, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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