B-Soho Cocktail Bar and Pizzeria, LondonFriday, 17 January 2014
I'm often amazed at how many bad pizzas there are in the world. It's something that's reasonably cheap to produce, ingredients wise, so I simply cannot fathom how people can get it so consistently wrong. Where I live, there's a pizza restaurant that prides itself on being the best in the business. But the dough is bland and ever so slightly undercooked, the sauce is in dire need of seasoning, and the toppings are cheap and watery. There's no excuse for it.
So when a genuinely great pizza pops onto my horizon, I get excited.
You could easily walk past B-Soho, at the top of Poland Street, without stopping in. But inside, it provides a welcome reprieve from the mania of nearby Oxford Street. When I popped in for lunch it was 3pm, and the place was empty. So I selfishly took up a whole sofa and table to myself, and settled in with the tastiest glass of Pinot Grigio I've had in a while.
I ordered the Don Piccante pizza from the Express Lunch Menu - a bargain at £8 for a huge pie that was too big for the plate. There were generous slithers of salami, with a great tomato sauce and tasty mozzarella.
But the base was king. Charcoal tinged on the bottom, it was the perfect consistency, with enough chew and bite to sustain the toppings. I would have happily sat with a base alone (and a generous bowl of garlic butter, of course)
In the evenings, B-Soho is apparently filled to the rafters with revellers enjoying cocktails and live music alongside their food - expect to pay around £11-12 for a pizza in the evening. Or saunter up in the daytime for a comfort food hideaway.
B-Soho Cocktail Bar/Pizzeria
21 Poland St
0207 287 1661