Saturday, June 16, 2012
Ruby Blue (WC2H 7RN)
Smack bang in the middle of London’s Leicester Square is Ruby Blue, a nightclub-bar-restaurant hybrid. With bouncers standing outside and Vegas-esque lights luring you in, there’s something rather daunting about waiting to go in as your name is being checked off a reservation list. But once you’re in there, it’s a very personable place, where the staff are friendly and genuinely go out of their way to help you (I needed to find a mains somewhere to charge up my iPod and one waitress was more than obliging – a very nice touch because in other parts of central London if you were to say “where can I charge up my iPod?” you would be met by nothing but a derisive stare).
The food itself is nothing special; I ordered Thai green chicken curry, and the rice was stale and the chicken wasn’t particularly well-cooked either. The placing of prawn crackers on my plate led me to think that the chefs had gotten Chinese and Thai people mixed up with each other. The “Surf and Turf”, one of Ruby Blue’s featured dishes, a big-ass steak meal, was more of a hit, which tasted very good indeed. But where Ruby Blue really excelled wasn’t in its culinary skills, but its drinks. 5-8pm on a Friday is Happy Hour, when all drinks are half price, and I would recommend that you go along then to take advantage of this deal, for some of their cocktails are out of this world. The Cream Cake was my personal favourite, a delightful blend of cream and Bailey’s. It was a potent drink; I was getting drunk – but the clever thing is I didn’t even notice due to the deliciousness of the drink. And that, to me, is the sign of a great cocktail.