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REVIEW: 100 Wardour Street

It's soul and Motown night at 100 Wardour Street and the cocktails are flowing. As I am ushered to my table the place looks like it has a relaxed vibe, with people gathering around the bar to drink and meet with friends.

Our table overlooks the stage where later a band will be belting out soul and Motown classics from the 60s. The waiter easily tempts me into a gin and tonic while I wait for my friend to arrive.

Despite the myriad choices on the set menu, we both can’t resist the sound of the crispy baby squid with fennel salad and yuzu dressing. I’ve never tried yuzu – a hybrid of a lemon and a lime – before, but it turns out to be a great accompaniment to the squid and fennel salad, which is very light and refreshing.

For main course we tread different paths. She has the roast cod fillet, beetroot lentils and cauliflower puree which looks amazing, like a painting full of beautiful colours – and is apparently just as delicious. I opt for the pea and mint risotto, with goat’s cheese and shoot, which has classic home cooking flavours.

For dessert we both try the vanilla crème brulée and lemon shortbread. It is amazing – if only I could have desserts like that every night.

As we finish dessert the band starts to play and a crowd is forming to watch. People are nodding their heads to the soulful beats and clapping erupts after each song.

The venue has a history of live music. The site use to be home to the iconic Marquee Club where the likes of the Rolling Stones and David Bowie once played. Every night at 100 Wardour St there is different music act to see, from pop and funk to emerging artists.

But tonight is Soul & Motown night, which from looking around the room is providing an atmosphere of soulful delight.

Price @£35 per head plus wine

Rating 8/10

Address 100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN

Phone 020 7314 4000