The Pudding Bar, Soho (now closed)

The Pudding Bar only serve desserts so it’s only fair to expect each dish to be amazing. Okay at least half decent then.

All too often when we eat out, our evening is soured by mediocre desserts. Sometimes even Michelin starred restaurants are a let down when it comes to serving up something sweet. For this reason I think dessert only restaurants are a great idea. As long as they do it well, that is.

Choux buns, with assorted chocolate creams, caramel sauce and pistachios
Choux buns, with assorted chocolate creams, caramel sauce and pistachios

Soho already has a glut of good tried and tested dessert places. We’ve often been known to pop into Gelupo after we’ve eaten out or pick up some cake at Princi or L’eto. There really is no shortage of options but I was keen to try The Pudding Bar as soon as I heard about it. Surely it had to be good, right?

Wrong as it turned out. Choux buns were very much on the small side, similar to golf balls, but at least there were five to the portion. The first one I ate was hard which wasn’t a great start. I have to wonder exactly how it made it onto the plate. The fillings varied, either dark or white chocolate cream as far as I could tell. The dark cream was rich and bitter in a good way, the white was lighter and sweet but when eaten with the caramel sauce, it was all too sickly sweet and terribly one dimensional.

S'more cheesecake - Milk chocolate cheesecake, gingernut biscuit base with peanut butter ice cream
S’more cheesecake – Milk chocolate cheesecake, ginger nut biscuit base with peanut butter ice cream

The S’more cheesecake was no better. As much as I love cheesecake, I’d personally never order a chocolate one. My friend, on the other hand, really enjoys the combination and was keen to give it a try but even she complained that it had a ‘funny’ aftertaste. The ginger nut biscuit base was wet and the ice cream was in short supply.

Perhaps the appeal of this place lies more in their selection of dessert wines but we decided that tea was the best match for our puds. Sadly, they don’t have a selection of teas either. At least they had one on. On that note, I’m surprised that they don’t have more options on the menu. Five desserts plus a cheeseboard doesn’t give you any more of a selection than you’d get at any other restaurant. Also, given the restaurant’s name, I’d hoped that an actual pudding would’ve been available, but alas not. Come on guys – at least give me a chocolate fondant.

There are plenty of single order restaurants around these days but most of them at least excel at the dish they serve. The Pudding Bar only serve desserts so it’s only fair to expect each dish to be amazing. Okay at least half decent then. In my opinion, we would’ve been better off going next door to Maison Bertaux. I recommend you do the same. The moral of the story once again is “don’t believe everything you read on Twitter.”

Two desserts plus tea not including service: £17

Address: 26 Greek St, W1D 5DE

Twitter: @thepuddingbar

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Lisa C
Lisa is very much the culinary brains behind LondonPiggy. She grew up in north London and her love of food is matched by her passion for travel. She's already visited every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. C She's currently working on an exciting new project, visit Parmstar.uk

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