Marylebone

A Foodie’s Guide To Marylebone

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With its pretty little streets and leafy corners, there’s a village-style feel to Marylebone – despite being just minutes away from busy Soho. It’s no surprise this stylish area is home to a whole host of great dining spots, from neighbourhood classics to exciting newbies. Read on for our pick of the best restaurants in Marylebone.

Best Restaurants in Marylebone

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OPSO

OPSO

OPSO puts a new spin on traditional Greek dishes, with a focus on home-cooked comforts inspired by the chefs’ childhoods. For starters, think pitta bread and hazelnut hummus, plus a spinach pie – a recipe from the region of Zagorohoria in Greece, which is famous for its pies. Mains include a number of aromatic meat dishes: lemon-oregano chicken, braised beef shin, and lamb skewers with thyme rice pilaf. Don’t miss the delicious chocolate brownie dessert, sprinkled with jivara chocolate chips and drizzled in salted caramel sauce.

10 Paddington St, London W1U 5QL; opso.co.uk

The Gate

The Gate

For anyone struggling to cut down on their meat intake or need a proven vegan hit, get them post-haste to The Gate. There are four in London so it shouldn’t be too hard, including one in Marylebone. Vegetables are the stars here: from starters of sticky, sweet miso drenched smoky aubergine, perked up with ponzu sauce and a coriander to rich and unctuous truffle and mushroom arancini, you’ve simply forgotten your past of reaching for the pork scratchings and salami platter. For mains, tastebuds are further treated with a juicy, dripping beetroot cheeseburger – a Gate classic – that comes with smoked tomato relish, cornichons and creamy mustard dressing (cheese can of course be vegan) or an aromatic red Thai curry, offering up a panoply of baby corn, mange tout, tofu, shiitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes, served up with delicate Thai fragrant rice.

22-24 Seymour Pl, London W1H 7NL; thegaterestaurants.com

Taka

Taka Marylebone

Recently opened on the old site of Providores, Taka Marylebone is the sister restaurant of the acclaimed Taka Mayfair, run by brother and sister duo Andrey and Anastasia Datsenko. Think high-end food in a low-key setting, with an impressive menu devised by group executive chef Taiji Maruyama (Beaverbrook and Nobu) alongside head chef Jonathan Dowling. A farm-to-table ethos lies at the heart of Taka: the restaurant is based around the Japanese philosophy of shun, which means food should only be eaten when it’s at its best and at the height of its season. Read our full review here.

109 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4RX; takalondon.com

Carousel

Carousel

You’ll never know quite what to expect at Carousel, a three-storey creative hub in the heart of Marylebone. Run by cousins Ollie, Ed, Will and Anna Templeton – who sprung onto the culinary scene as early pioneers of immersive dining under Shuttlecock Inc. – Carousel is a hub for supper clubs, guest chef residencies and pop-ups. Diners are invited to rustic communal tables to enjoy pre-paid set menus created by exciting chefs from all over the world – both well acclaimed names and emerging talent. Coming up: zero-waste duo Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott, also known as Hot 4 U, as well as Mark Tuttiett, who has worked at James Knappett’s Michelin-starred Kitchen Table as well as The Dorchester.

19-23 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RW; carousel-london.com

Jikoni

Jikoni

Jikoni – which translates as ‘kitchen’ in Kiswahili – is the debut restaurant from Ravinder Bhogal, who worked as a food writer, TV presenter and chef before being talent spotted by none other than Gordon Ramsay. The Blandford Street restaurant reflects Bhogal’s mixed heritage, drawing on flavours from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This results in an eclectic, unique menu packed with spice, with standout dishes including prawn toast scotch eggs, venison samosas, lobster moilee and a banana cake with miso butterscotch. Comforting dishes are paired with cosy interiors: think tables covered in floral print cotton cloths, mismatched china and low lighting, creating a welcoming home from home feel.

19-21 Blandford St, London W1U 3DJ; jikonilondon.com

Pachamama Brunch Club

Pachamama

From the outside, you’d never expect the vibrant, bubbly hangout that is Pachamama, hidden in a basement down a set of Narnia-style steps on an unassuming Marylebone street. The restaurant is named after Peru’s Mother Earth, and this friendly family theme runs throughout, with warm interiors and delightful service. A combination of low lighting and Ibiza-inspired tunes creates a buzzing atmosphere, which pairs perfectly with the bright, colourful food. The eclectic dinner menu is split into four sections: snacks, land, sea, soil and sweets – the kind of fresh and flavoursome small plates you could chance upon in South America. Dish highlights include miso glazed wild sea bass with yuzu yoghurt, succulent short rib beef with sweet potato, and a standout melt-in-your-mouth caramelised aubergine creation. Its bottomless brunch is also legendary: free-flowing bubbles paired with a mix of sweet and savoury waffles, topped with everything from fried chicken to toasted quinoa ice cream.

18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY; pachamamalondon.com

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

The buzz surrounding Nuno Mendes’ Marylebone restaurant may have died down since it’s A-lister-clad early years, but this is no bad thing. These days, you don’t have to be Kate Moss to get a table – and with less paparazzi hanging around the doors, the restaurant has a friendlier feel. Chef Richard Foster heads up the kitchen, placing emphasis on seasonality with fresh pastas, salads, grilled meats and pizzas. But the must-try dish here is the legendary crab doughnuts, crispy batter packed with creamy crabmeat with a picante punch.

1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA; chilternfirehouse.com

A.O.K. Bakery

A.O.K Kitchen

Drawn to Instagrammable dining spots? With its flower-festooned ceiling and hand-painted wallpaper, A.O.K. Kitchen is sure to jazz up your feed – but it’s not all style over substance. Catering to Londoners’ ever-growing free-from needs, you won’t find refined sugar in any of the dishes here, and gluten and dairy use is small. The all-day eatery is centred around healthy food, ranging from brunch classics to more substantial lunches such as baked cod with quinoa, BBQ aubergine with buckwheat, and grilled baby chicken. Be sure to explore the dessert menu too, which offers twists on classic desserts.

52-55 Dorset St, London W1U 7NH; aokkitchen.co.uk