From the guys that brought us The Experimental Cocktail Club, Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels provides savvy urbanites with a Parisian bolt-hole in Seven Dials. Expect a world-class selection of wine and plenty of frogs’ legs.
Tucked away in Neal’s Yard, the two-story venue is comprised of a delicatessen and wine bar-cum-eatery. If you can find the place, it’s magic. Rather than an exclusive bar in the centre of town, Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels feels more like a pied-à-terre. It’s all about the patterned textiles, and a Herringbone tweed upholstered chair particularly catches the eye. If you can nab a two seater sofa, this is date heaven.
The Atmosphere and Clientele
The Experimental Cocktail Club Group are a tight-knit family, all with a passion for the hospitality industry. We were greeted warmly, with super-intuitive waiters offering service that was attentive without ever being overbearing. The music was an eclectic mix of old and new, which fits with the clientele. I think Compagnie Des Vins is a place that is best described as a 'living room' rather than a 'lounge' due to its lightness: with French windows and mirrors aplenty.
The Food and Drinks
With a new breed of uber-refined wine bars rapidly popping up around London, city dwellers are getting a fast-track education in what to order, in what order and what with. The house wine starts at a reasonable £5 a glass if you but dare to travel towards the end of the menu we’re talking nearer to £20 for the Barolo.
The food menu is refined, trendy and rustic without being frou frou. Opt for the buttermilk-fried frogs’ legs and Croque Madame with truffled ham and quail egg for a French culinary experience (and a tasty one at that). The menu is meat and cheese orientated, as you'd expect from a French-inspired establishment, and their daily special of Burrata (a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream) failed to disappoint.
If you struggle to say the name now, try pronouncing it after a few glasses of wine. Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels is yet another game changer from The ECC Group. A plush interior, knowledge-rich staff and a menu brimming with bonnes bouches, it doesn’t rely on just one element to make it a success. A calm cabin from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s well on its way to becoming a Covent Garden institution.