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    Saturday, 9 September 2017

    WILDHEART AT THE SOHO SANCTUM HOTEL

    I feel like I'm constantly introducing my posts with apologies at the moment! Tom and I are right in the thick of our house renovation so I'm really struggling to fit writing in with everything else going on BUT it has given me a chance to think about my blog and the way I'm sharing content with you.

    Some of my restaurant reviews are picture led - where the photos tell the story with few words from me - and some are really descriptive. I want to share content which is useful for you so for the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing a new style of post - kicking off with my review of the Wildheart restaurant at the Soho Sanctum Hotel.
    Tell us a little about Wildheart...
    Wildheart is the restaurant at the recently renovated Soho Sanctum Hotel. It's got a real rock 'n' roll feel to it, with the Arctic Monkeys and the Kings of Leon on the sound-track and artwork of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix on the walls.

     According to the website, the restaurant aims to "strip away the stuffy formalities of dining and give a home from home, bohemian experience" making it a great place for casual after work drinks or a bite to eat.
    The hotel has also just launched a new app, with Second Screen, which allows you to get a feel for the hotel and restaurant before you arrive. 

    It's similar to the information on the website but presented in a really user-friendly and mobile optimised way. The news feed is a little out of date (last update was 9 months ago) but the restaurant section is super helpful. You can browse the menu, book a table and flick through images in the gallery so you know what you expect before you arrive.
    So what's on the menu?
    The food is a mix of modern British cooking and is presented beautifully. All of the dishes are created using local-sourced, seasonal ingredients and I have to say, we were really impressed with how inventive and carefully constructed all of the food was.

    There's plenty of classic dishes on offer such as the grilled white and green Asparagus, which comes served with a perfectly poached egg, watercress and a light acid butter sabayon dressing. I really like how each dish has its own inventive twist which takes things up a notch, such as the addition of toasted almonds which gives this dish a really lovely crunch.
    Other starters include poached lobster salad, nettle soup and the pressed ham hock which comes served with piccalilli. For mains, the rump of lamb is well worth an order. Served with saffron celeriac, grilled artichokes, broad beans and a chorizo and red pepper croquette. The meat is super tender and served perfectly pink. 
    And while I don't usually order chicken in restaurants - I can safely say the chicken dish here is delicious. Chunks of succulent chicken with pancetta served alongside sweet potato, roasted root veg and a delicious veloute. 
    What about drinks?
    The restaurant doubles as the hotel bar so you can get pretty much anything your heart desires in the way of drinks. There's a wide range of wines, including red, white and sparklings plus a decent selection of beers and cocktails. 
    Overall thoughts?
    I have mixed feelings about Wildheart to be honest. The food was brilliant - really delicious and beautifully presented, I just wasn't overly keen on the decor or the atmosphere. It feels a little dated with the gold booths and deep purple walls and with SO many good restaurants in the area - it's hard to recommend it over other places. I have to say though - that lamb was bloody good!
    In a nutshell:
    What: Refined British cuisine with a Rock 'n' Roll vibe
    Where: 20 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NF
    Find out more: Visit the website over at http://www.sanctumsoho.com. You can also download the app over here.

    *I was invited to review Wildheart
    All opinions are honest 
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