A Recipe for Success
Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar is the place to go for a meal to remember. Sam Rogg visits the restaurant and discovers how it has been raising the steaks for more than 10 years
’WINE IS BOTTLED POETRY’, WROTE
author Robert Louis Stevenson during his honeymoon in Napa Valley more than 100 years ago. It’s a beautiful sentiment, but one that’s hard to grasp for many of us who opt for the safe varietals and regions we’ve tried before. Hardly the stuff of poetry, but then choosing the right wine to suit your palate is not just a skill, it’s an art. Just ask the staff at Social Wine & Tapas, a new bar and restaurant where the waiters are sommeliers and rare wines are accessibly priced.
Social Wine & Tapas is a wine shop and a tapas bar (you have to order at least some food with any drink). Set over two floors, the space is a maze of raised and sunken levels with two wine-tasting areas, intimate tables and counter seats by an open kitchen.
French sommelier Laure Patry and Jason Atherton champion small growers around the world. The wine list looks like a small briefcase and a Coravin system enables wines to be poured by the glass without pulling the cork. Frankie Van Loo and Atherton’s menu is just as flawless as the wines. The heirloom tomato salad with burrata deserves a cheese-loving Poulsard Côte de Feule, Domaine Hughes Beguet 2012. The pepper of a Pinot Noir Mac Forbes 2013 needs the salt of chargrilled carrots, miso and burnt aubergine. Every wine is available from the shop to take home, and with so much choice, you’ll be glad of the sommeliers who are sure to bring out the poet in you. 39 James St, W1U 1DL. T: 020-7993 3257. www.socialwineandtapas.com