Establishment neighborhood
15-17 Blandford St., Marylebone
Rose, vermouth, cardamom, and cherry? That’s a Kerala. Fennel pollen, port, and mint: That’s the West Bengal. Welcome to cocktails, as envisioned by Trishna. (The drinks are named after the Indian states their flavors represent.) Like the cocktails, every item on the menu and every piece of furniture and décor was carefully considered. The food is, for the most part, Keralan coastal fare, all the bright, zesty curries and rice dishes brimming with scallops, king prawns, flaky white fish, and spices. If you order the seven-course vegetarian tasting menu you will never question the validity of vegetables as a main ever again. The velvet banquettes are perfect for groups, the mirrored walls and gold-hued lighting give a romantic edge, and skipping dessert for the rose petal lassi is never a bad call.
50 Baker St., Marylebone
This is a classic Turkish mangal grill on steroids, with an expansive menu of mezze, kebabs, and grilled mains, served up in a glitzy space right on Baker street. By London standards, the space is enormous, as is the grill in the back of the room, but at dinnertime, it manages to feel warm and cozy, filled with everyone from casual walk-ins to large groups there pre-night out. There are plenty of classics on the menu, including an excellent Lamb Kofte and Borek from the clay oven, but it's the cocktail menu where the innovation lies, with a suite of raki-based drinks to get the night started.
22 Harcourt St., Marylebone
Tucked away in a converted townhouse in Marylebone is one of London's best-kept secrets when it comes to Japanese. While the interiors are nothing worth celebrating—the dark basement seating borders on claustrophobic—the small, tapas-style dishes, make it, and the price tag, worthwhile. The menu is extensive and the good news is they're more than happy to guide you if you don't know where to begin. Our picks: The beef cha-sia bun and the miso glazed eggplant (aubergine).
26 Paddington St., Marylebone
With its undulating brick ceilings (made to resemble a pizza oven) to it's tables with tree branch bases, the beauty of this restaurant's space is matched by the provenance of its ingredients. Owner Kurt Zdesar spent much time both in Italy and the UK sourcing the finest, organic ingredients in order to bring hand rolled pasta, stone baked pizza, and modern Italian cooking to London's happening Chiltern Street. Not only that, but he's opened up a 'pasticceria' next door where specialty goods, house rolled pastas, and breads are available for the converted.
The Mae Deli (Closed)
21 Seymour Pl., Marylebone
Among the major power players on the wellness scene is Ella Woodward (aka Deliciously Ella), whose blog and cookbooks have become immensely popular in the past couple of years, so much so, that her all-day café is constantly packed with ardent fans and disciples. Of course, the reason they keep coming back is because the wheat-, dairy-, and sugar-free food and treats served here are verifiably great. Plus, the whole place is ever so welcoming—a light-filled upstairs, plush couch-lined downstairs—making it ever so hard to leave.
The Good Life Eatery
69 Marylebone Ln., Marylebone
There's a regular line out the door at this soon-to-expand cafe thanks to its seriously delicious raw foods, protein-packed offerings, and juices. Recently, they've teamed up in a big way with London's top delivery service, Deliveroo, so there's actually no need to wait as you can ostensibly order an entire day's worth of food to your home or office every morning. Make sure that order includes one of their meatball wraps—both the chicken and vegan versions are delicious and won't make you feel like you're making any sacrifices. There's also a location in Chelsea and Belgravia.