Looking for Marylebone restaurants? Here’s our foodie guide to places to eat and the best restaurants in Marylebone, including Marylebone High Street, Seymour Place and Blandford Street, from Bond Street to Marylebone station and in between…
Kol, Seymour Street
Ex-Noma Mexico chef Santiago Lastra’s opening takes London’s Mexican restaurant scene to a new, fine-dining level. The vibe is kept casual, though, with clay pots of all shapes and sizes displayed against mottled red-orange walls, cute turtle salt pots (crafted in Mexican communities) sat on wooden tables, and Santiago and his mustard t-shirt-clad team calmly tending to multiple pans on the go in the open kitchen.
Order a cocktail to start – pleasingly chunky ice cubes clatter around delicate glassware in the mezcal negroni and Kol margarita, the latter made with Volcán De Mi Tierra tequila and verjus. Santiago sources the finest English ingredients (save corn, chillies and chocolate from Mexico) to create five or six courses of Mexican dishes. Habanero chillies give a kick to roasted gnocchi, crab and gooseberries nestled in a fried corn chalupa ‘boat’; a vibrant beetroot mole adds vibrant richness to salt-baked kohlrabi and smoked beetroot; and wild samphire and oxeye daisies sit atop hen of the woods and king oyster mushrooms. Get involved by squeezing sea buckthorn juice from a langoustine head over a sourdough taco stuffed with the crustacean’s meaty flesh and a smoky chipotle mayo. For the main event, fill handmade corn tortillas (kept warm in a bespoke leather pouch) with fall-apart 18-hour cooked short rib smothered in rich pasilla chilli mole along with lamb fat carrots and Mayan scotch bonnet pickled onions. Finish with chocolate tamales in hand-tied parcels and corn husk ice cream. Opt for the wine pairing to taste some unique eastern European natural wines – super-aromatic, cloudy Slovakian orange bursting with orange blossom, bright Czech Republic riesling and a herbal, berryish German pinot noir made by a two-man operation in the Black Forest.
Taka Marylebone, Marylebone High Street
Take fills a much-needed gap between London’s high-end Japanese restaurants and casual ramen joints. Contemporary interiors include a wall installation of parasols that double up as lampshades to cast a warm glow across oak tables and a sleek, sake-bottle-lined bar downstairs, or you can head upstairs to the large dining room with a view over Marylebone High Street. Japanese-inspired cocktails feature the likes of the Old Oak Fashioned: a bottled concoction of Nikka whisky from the barrel, vanilla coffee syrup and chocolate bitters, infused with cherry wood smoke that billows out as you pop the cork and pour into the glass.
Choose a selection of about six small plates between two, including popcorn shrimp with spicy mayo, super-soft aubergine in an umami plantain miso sauce, crunchy tuna avocado rolls and chicken yakitori grilled over hot coals. Don’t miss the homemade mochi breads to scoop up silky chicken liver pâté topped with crispy chicken skin. The showstopper, with a price to match, is the wagyu sando. Savour four flavour-packed rectangles of fat-rippled wagyu beef and miso spread between perfectly cut fried milk bread.
Lurra, Seymour Place
Tucked away on Marylebone’s pretty (and seriously foodie) Seymour Place, Lurra is a contemporary, sophisticated Basque-inspired restaurant. It’s sister to Donostia, just across the road, and the building has a shiny new extension. There’s more to this trendy joint than its good looks though: ingredients are key. With a meat import business (think 14-year-old Galician Blond, 67-day hung beef) supplying the likes of Kitty Fisher’s and Chiltern Firehouse, and a cellar downstairs housing top Spanish wines (including an incredible Louro from Valdeorras), owners Nemanja and Melody know their stuff.
Hoppers, Wigmore Street
Named after the lacy, bowl-shaped pancakes that are a staple of Sri Lanka, Hoppers has quickly established itself as one of London’s hippest hangouts. From the can-do-no-wrong team behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana, Hoppers references the food of southern India and Sri Lanka. There’s a succinct menu starring traditional hoppers: light fermented rice and lentil pancake bowls, with a softly steamed egg and a selection of confidently spiced karis.
Load up on the ‘short eats’, though. Mutton rolls are like crunchy cigars – with a golden crumb, shredded gamey meat and lightly spiced tomato chutney. Bone marrow is so seductively sauced that you would be forgiven for refusing to share. The best, perhaps, are buttered devilled shrimps: juicy and fiery. There a fab and refreshing cocktails also.
Roganic, Blandford Street
Roganic is the latest fine dining restaurant from pioneering British chef and restaurateur, Simon Rogan (best known for L’Enclume and Rogan & Co, in Cartmel, the Lake District, and most recently Aulis in Soho). Those familiar with L’Enclume’s set up will feel at home in this new Marylebone address. The design is stark – polished concrete-style floors, brushed copper-style walls, contemporary wood-shaved chandeliers, starched tablecloths. But what the décor lacks in warmth, is made up for in spades by the passionate team.
Depending on which day you visit, and whether you’re in for lunch or dinner, there’s a choice of a ‘short’ tasting menu (£80, featuring 10 courses) and the regular tasting menu (£115) of 17 (18 if you count the bread and butter) courses, or a set business lunch, £40, of six courses. Expect dishes such as super-crisp pork crackling with smoky butteriness of the eel and cream, Mushroom broth poured over a golden Burford Brown egg yolk and more ’shrooms of various shapes, sizes and textures, and a refreshing sorbet of yellow beetroot bathed in buttermilk and a vibrant, sharp, green oxalis (also known as wood sorrel – a familiar sight in the woodlands close to L’Enclume) oil.
Drinks pairing starts at £25, up to £75 depending what menu you order – but definitely don’t skip this. The team care just as much about the drinks as the do the food. On our visit, wine jumps from a sparkling from the Limney Estate in Sussex to a rare (and wonderful) greenish-gold Italian Vitovska, to a sprightly pinot noir made in Oregan by Kelley Fox Wines.
Carousel, Blandford Street
The rotating chef residencies at this foodie event space mean that you could visit Carousel every week and enjoy completely contrasting cuisine – from Japanese ‘temple food’, to new Bolivian cuisine and Thai tapas. There are always 5-6 courses, with the option of adding in another main for an extra tenner-or-so. There are long wooden tables that encourage a communal dining atmosphere, or if you want more privacy sit at the bar or the counter lined with pretty tiles. There’s also a dinky garden that catches the early evening sun, perfect for sipping cocktails in, surrounded by an oasis of exotic pot plants.
It’s like being at a friend’s house for dinner, with a casual, get involved ethos – the host clatters a spoon against a swinging lamp to announce the chefs; kitchen staff prepare sushi, dress salads and toss noodles in the tiny semi-open kitchen; and staff shake cocktails house cocktails against a backdrop of shelves lined with toasted rice vodka, jars of olives and plenty of spirits.
The house cocktails don’t hold back on booze – xerigroni blends the usual gin (Bombay Sapphire), vermouth (Antica Formula) and Campari with Valdespino Amontillado Sherry for a punchy take on the negroni; and Taking the Pisco includes pisco, brandy, Gewurztraminer reduction and Suze Gentian bitters. Drink with caution!
Zoilo, Duke Street
Zoilo is the second offering from Argentinian chef Diego Jacquet and restaurateur Alberto Abbate. The duo’s first restaurant, Casa Malevo, opened back in 2010 and Zoilo at the end of 2012, both with the aim of showcasing authentic Argentinian cuisine.
This Marylebone restaurant is split over two levels; the ground floor a light and airy Buenos Aires-style café, and the lower ground has an open kitchen and narrow dining room. A long bar runs the length of the kitchen, so diners can get close to the action.
The menu takes inspiration from regional Argentina, including Diego’s native Patagonia and the famous wine region of Mendoza. The menu is made up of tapas-like sharing plates. Choose from morcilla and criolla (black pudding and onion relish on toast); ox tongue, white beans and mustard, or classics such as empanadas (crisp, meat or veg-filled pastries), and the starter dish of provoleta, a semi-hard cheese similar to Italian provolone, melted and topped with almonds and honey.
Vinoteca offers a wall of wine to choose from and excellent menus. Wine is optional but it will be all around you, so you might as well… the menu recommends a glass for each dish. Fixed price lunch, 2 courses for £15 and 3 for £18.
Trishna, Blandford Street
Trishna is the UK incarnation of India’s much celebrated seafood restaurant, Trishna Mumbai, sourcing its marine produce from Cornwall, Dorset and Scotland. The restaurant looks quite big from the outside, but the main dining room is split into two smaller rooms (the restaurant seats 60 so it feels intimate).
Start with vegetable pakora accompanied by a delicious citrus-sharp tamarind chutney or terrific prawns with sweet chilli dip. The signature whole crab for two with butter, black pepper and garlic is famed in India – soft crab in a well balanced garlic and chilli sauce. Or try market fish curry in spiced coconut sauce. Chilli mango rice pudding is creamy and honey-sweet with sweet chilli sauce across the top for an exciting dimension.
Boxcar, New Quebec Street
A friendly butcher-cum-restaurant with a large butcher’s counter, deli and grill focussing on burgers, pies and steaks made with ethically reared meat sourced from small British farms. Boxcar has got the laid back, stylish neighbourhood vibe spot on. Slick black tiled walls run through from the bench seating at the front to the large butcher’s counter where fresh cuts are prepared, right through to a pretty, plant-filled seating area at the back with a skylight.
The hearty butcher’s board is a masterclass in British antipasti – little discs of ham hock terrine packed together with honey and wholegrain mustard, deep-fried lamb scrumpets , a runny scotch egg packed with sausage meat, slices of salt beef brisket, and a creamy celeriac coleslaw with Bread Factory sourdough on the side. Pair with a glass of wine – we loved the soft and silky Guardia Rios from the Alentejo region of Portugal.
Butcher’s cuts and 45-day-aged burgers come with a choice of sauces (mushroom butter is intense and full of umami), and the Sunday roast is pretty special – 28-day-aged North Yorkshire Galloway sirloin steak with crisp roast potatoes and all the trimmings. Traditional British puds are executed very well – try homemade sticky toffee pudding with silky butterscotch sauce and a thick dollop of clotted cream.
Boxcar also acts as a butcher and deli to pick up British produce – Luscombe soft drinks from Devon, The Estate Dairy milk (the chocolate milk collab with Pump Street Bakery is heavenly), crumbly Sussex cheeses from Alsop & Walker and plenty of sausages and bacon to make a full English at home. You can even take part in expert master classes with the butcher, so you can learn to chop your own steak for next time.
Seymour’s Parlour at Zetter Townhouse, Seymour Street
Leave busy Oxford Street behind and pay Uncle Seymour a visit for a wintery cocktail. Inside this Georgian townhouse lies a secret drinking den that exuberates the eccentric charm of the Zetter Townhouse’s ficticous owner, wicked Uncle Seymour. Seymour’s Parlour is more front room of curiosities than hotel bar: trinkets clutter a cabinet that spans one side of the room, portraits adorn the wine-red walls and crystal decanters filled with bright orange liquid dress up antique wooden tables.
The room has a hushed atmosphere with intimate lighting that creates secluded corners to settle in to. Dapper Italian waiters take your order, and shake cocktails at a little bar tucked into one corner.
The seasonal cocktail list changes regularly, so the winter menu is made up of little coupettes full of punchy, warming mixes and remedies from the cold. Try the healing Scarlet’s Antidote, made with earthy homemade beetroot cordial, smooth Ocho tequila and the subtle spice of caraway from Kümmel liqueur. Dainty gimlet-like cocktail, The Rake, takes inspiration from ladies of the night in the series of paintings ‘A Rake’s Progress’, with fragrant orris (iris flower root) ‘powdered notes’ and a little drop of juniper oil that forms a delicate black beauty spot on the surface of the clear cocktail.
Bernardis, Seymour Street
Clean and bright Bernardi’s has a hip hotel bar vibe – groups settle into soft leather booths or leather-cushioned chairs around marble tables while the open kitchen hums in the background. The stylish furnishings and brass light instalments designed by the restaurant’s owner, Gabriel Bernardi, make this a trendy place to be seen; nevertheless, staff are discreet and maintain a friendly, un-hassled atmosphere.
Head chef Sabrina Gidda has mastered the repertoire of Italian dishes (such as this slow roast lamb with roasted salsify, brussels sprouts tops and bagna cauda) at this Marylebone restaurant. Try dishes such as rich parmesan gnocchi, with venison shin ragu, or visit for a leisurely brunch with a Mediterranean twist.