47 Farringdon St, London, London, EC4A 4LL
- Tel: 020 7353 2648
Lifes too short to drink bad wine, we believe, and at Vivat Bacchus, that is impossible. Vivat Bacchus is a celebration of rustic, robust food, artisan cheeses and great wines.
The decor, slightly industrial with open ceilings, exposed pipes and ducts creates the feeling of being in a working winery and an unpretentious, no nonsense atmosphere.
Our menus are modern European, with a nod to our South African owners and our South African focused wine list.
There is always an element of the exotic on our menu, whether in the shape of zebra, kangaroo or springbok. At the core of our offering is good, rustic food, using quality seasonal ingredients from highly regarded producers.
A cellar full of wine calls for a decent cheese selection, and cheese has always been a big part of Vivat Bacchus. Since day one, both branches have had their own walk-in cheese room, and all staff are fully trained on the range of cheeses we stock.
We will happily take you into the cheese room to show you what is on offer and let you decide what you want your cheese board to consist of.
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- Main bar and restaurant area
- Private Meerlust room
- Private Roederer room
- Semi-private Sassicaia room
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Services and products
- Average three-course meal price: £24
- Average main-course price: £15
- Modern European cuisine
- Style: Bar & Restaurant, Corporate, Private and Ceremonial
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Vivat Bacchus wine bar & deli - a new favourite
10/06/2008 by Cooksister
Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon comprises both a fine dining restaurant downstairs and a wine bar and deli section upstairs, which is where I recently went. It’s co-owned by South Africans Gerrie Knoetze (who owned the well-regarded Browns of Rivonia in Johannesburg) and sommellier Neleen Strauss. The head chef Robert Staegemann is also South African, which explains the presence of things like crorodile spring rolls and biltong on the menu. Given that there are 5 cellars stocked with (largely) South African wines of impecable pedigree on the premises, it’s nice to know the affable and very knowledgeable Gerrie and Neleen are on hand to guide you through them. There is an excellent selection of wines available by the glass, so the three of us thought we'd take full advantage and try all sorts of things, like Doolhof Cape Boar (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot), Brampton MG (an unusual Mourvedre/Grenache blend), and excellent Bilton Shiraz. The menu offers both a number of "daily dishes" for between £4 and £11 (as well as a set lunch for £11.95/£14.95 for 2/3 courses), and a selection of deli platters including French, Italian, vegetarian, Spanish, Greek - and South African. Both my companions went for the South African platter which featured droë wors (dried spicy beef and pork sausage), biltong (air-dried beef), ostrich frikadels (meatballs), Simba crisps, dried apricots, sweet peppers and fresh mango. I was particularly impressed with the biltong which was sliced wafer-thin and elicited favourable comparisons with Italian bresaola. I had the French platter, featuring two kinds of saucisson sec (one spicy and chorizo-like), cured ham, celeriac remoulade, Roquefort, Camembert and some French bread. All the platters were attractively served on recycled panels of wooden wine crates and were priced between about £11 and £12.50. I was also pleased to note that on the website today, all the platters have slightly different contents to when we visited, so even if you visit often you won't be bored. But the best was saved for last - a trip to the cheese room! When you order cheese and biscuits, you are invited to step into the cheese-lover's Aladdin's cave a.k.a. the cheese room where you are talked through the cheeses available, trying a few before you make your selection. If memory serves correctly, we shared a Comte, a Brie (or something very like Brie), a deliciously gooey log of goat’s cheese and a fourth which now escapes me. Dessert wines sampled included the delightful Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling and the unudual De Trafford Straw Wine. Best points for me are the knowledgeable sommeliers/owners and the glorious cheese room. If you find yourself at a loose end near Farringdon and feel like something a little different to your usual cookie-cutter wine bar, I can't recommend this place enough. There's also a wine club with weekly tasting events - and, even better, a new branch opening up in London Bridge in the foreseeable future.Report this
A south African Gem
15/06/2007 by johnbc
I dont go to the City often these days but was taken to an old stamping ground, Smithfield Market recently and discovered a reason to go back again soon. Opened in 2003 Vivat Bacchus is on Farringdon street and has a long frontage for a restaurant. Once in there is a a smart City restaurant downstairs, a deli selling billtong for the adventurous and a bar. I was taken upstairs to the roomy and comfortable long bar with tables for casual lunchers. Great ambiance which was enhanced by Gerry the S.A. patron whose huge knowledge of his native wines as well as Old World wines was impressive. As a guest I was not allowed to see the final bill but the bar menu was reasonable, varied and very good. Check out their website for wine and cheese club and details of their establishment. If you are that end of the City its definitely worth a visit.... The S.A. Chardonnay justified Gerry's recommendation and the three of us decided we out to have a second bottle. After all the motto of Vivat Bacchus is "Because life is too short to drink bad Wine!" www.vivatbacchus.co.ukReport this
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