WILD HEART BAR & SHOKUDO
Review: Christopher George
Wild Heart Soho has a lengthy history and heritage, not only with its imposing grand Victorian facade set in the centre of Londons West End and the SOHO district, but also its creator Mark Fuller’s prior carnations of the London Sugar Reef restaurant and bar, and the notorious Embassy club that was the place to hang out in the naughty 90s.
Now all chilled, mature but still decadent, Wild Heart Soho is part of the Karma Sanctum boutique hotel that was opened 13teen years ago.
This hotel for many years has been the choice for the cream of the music industry, and in its recent calendar, legendary rocker Chrissie Hynde held an exhibition of her paintings in Wild Heart Soho, only on the conditions that the three-time Michelin start chef Garry Hollihead, who has headed some of London’s and other international cites kitchens, created a wider vegan menu.
Along with Wild Heart’s owner Fuller, they have created a vision of causal Japanese food focusing on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients.
If you are blessed to have adopted a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and diet, you will be full of joy with Wild Heart’s menu, that is equally split between vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat options.
Most restaurants these days, through demand, offer a decent vegetarian menus, but a lot still suffer with a lack of options and variety, or a real love for the vegetarian food they are serving. Not at Wild Heart Soho!!!
Being pescatarians we choose form the wide range of delicious vegan and vegetarian choices, and added some yummy sea food. Certainly impressive with the good portions offered, and hastily eaten all up!
If you’re looking for just snacks and drinks, Wild Heart Soho has a great bar and cocktail lounge, with an endless list of alcohol and virgin cocktails for those aiming to keep their senses clear, or just looking for an easy business lunch or dinner. Even rock and roll has a good alcohol free option these days, as well as being true to form with its wide vegetarian choices. Us rockers care about all living creatures, while still partying late in to the night on mock-tails!
This casual yet sophisticated atmosphere with its friendly relaxed staff, offer dining booths for some intimacy. Along with an open style lounge cocktail bar for snacks and socialising with friends, strangers, or the legends of the music industry, who insist on this boutique hotel for its informal style.
Also available is its fantastic roof top bar, which avoids the cliche and arrogance of many SOHO locations, yet creating privacy and intimacy many people often struggle with when in Londons West End, while still being a sociable environment.
The hotel and restaurant have been renowned for many years for its collection of contemporary art on display throughout, along with a regular calendar of artist and exhibitions showing in the Wild Heart Soho restaurant. It leaves little reason to leave the Karma Sanctum to be honest, as there is also a hot tub on the roof terrace.
This family business has become an extended family, with many of its employees having worked at the restaurant for years, due to the communal and family atmosphere, along with its list of return clients staying and dining here. This is a very warm place to visit and relax, eat and entertain.
Wild Heart Soho
20 Warwick Street London W1B 5NF
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