I never really rated Floridita, D&D’s restaurant/bar/live music venue on Wardour Street in Soho. I was pleased to hear then, that in line with a massive overhaul of most of their restaurants, it was having a makeover and becoming 100 Wardour Street.
From first impressions, the space was much smarter; all low level lighting and exposed brick. We were seated near the large circular bar that dominates the vast first floor. It was a bit like sitting in a walkway. And in an empty restaurant we were seated next to the two only other diners – I hate that.
We started with snacks; grilled chorizo skewers (£4.50) chicken skewers (£4), a giant portion of crispy fried squid (£6) and a home smoked salmon flatbread (£5.50). All were pleasant and far better than what followed.
Veal ragu pappardelle (£7.50) was overly salty, almost inedibly so. Our waitress suggested I go for the smaller portion as it was still hearty. I’d have rather she recommend I went for neither.
Crispy pork belly with salsa verde and grilled endive (£14) needed an accompaniment of sorts – it was all just a bit plain. And I’m all for crisp pork belly but the meat was dry and stringy.
With the loud Only Way is Essex music pumping out and the couple next to us supping champagne and snogging, it wasn’t the sort of place you’d want to stay for dessert. With acts like Craig David singing in the basement I’m sure they’ll do just fine, but for dinner? In Soho? You’ll find much better, trust me.