136-138 George St., Marlybone
The grilled meat and chicken shawarma here is scrumptious, but you will need a cold drink unless you really like spicy food. The nice thing is that you can get your food to-go in a tinfoil container, so you can have a couple bites, then put it to one side, and when you get peckish, finish it off. It's great for a working dinner after a late night at the office. Photo: Michael Rehfeldt.
3 Chapel Pl., Marylebone
This indulgent arrival comes from the people behind the excellent chainlet, Burger & Lobster. Located in a subterranean space, the elevator doors open to tanks of live Alaskan King Crabs and a meat hanger full of serious Nebraskan steaks, marking the beginning of a meal that's best characterized by the word excess. Three long banquet tables span the cavernous, candle-lit space where diners share the pricey £75 set menu (vegetarians who come along for the ride pay only £25). The meal kicks off with pickled onions, artichoke hearts, olives, and a gigantic chunk of parmesan followed by beautifully marbled steak, undressed crab served family style, and a slew of veggie sides. There’s not a carb in sight, which is a godsend as the portions are huge.
1 Chiltern St., Marylebone
Like the rest of André Balasz' hotels and restaurants (the iconic Chateau Marmont in LA and Mercer in NY, to name a couple), his first venture in London is undoubtedly one of the sceniest in town. Part of the allure is the decor, courtesy of Studio Ko, who seamlessly integrated original features like the fireman's pole, brick and tilework, and fire doors with velvet seating, glitzy marble bars, and old-fashioned, flower-print carpeting. And part of it is chef Nuno Mendez' brasserie-style menu that's packed with his near perfect takes on the classics like Caesar Salad and Roast Chicken, plus some of the most delicious and inventive appetisers in town—the crab-stuffed doughnuts are a brunch favorite. A private dining room at a hotel like this is a must, and the elegant—though much less splashy—room here ticks all the boxes and accommodates 12.
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).
50 Marylebone High St., Marylebone
The sausages and schnitzels are good, but it's really the atmosphere that makes this Marylebone spot worthwhile. Modeled after an old-world Viennese café, it looks like a meticulously considered set from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. There are dark wood booths, Tyrolean landscapes on the walls, and an old-school newspaper rack, which all help it achieve the feeling of a time warp. Not surprisingly, it’s from the team behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay, who are known for their cinematic spaces.
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.
43 Blandford St., Marylebone
Located on a quiet street in Marylebone, this place boasts full-on fancy décor and an overall upscale vibe. The food, and the pizza especially, is delicious. Kids feel like they're getting to experience something grown-up while adults get to enjoy great food and a cocktail or two.
120 Marylebone Ln., Marylebone
This offshoot of the Parisian original is nearly identical in look and concept, that being a convivial brassiere serving one meal and one meal only: steak frites (with a special secret sauce), preceded by a green salad with walnuts dressed with a mustard vinaigrette. No reservations, like the original, so come early or be prepared to wait.
La Petite Maison
53-54 Brook's Mews, Marylebone
La Petite Maison is another restaurant by Arjun Waney (the investor behind Zuma), and it's based on the restaurant of the same name in Nice, meaning the food has a distinctly southern French soul. Plates come small and to share, so you can theoretically sample it all. The salads and fish carpaccios from the starter menu shouldn't be missed, and for the main course, the fish is always perfect and the macaroni with truffles is to die for. The real star of the show is the black leg roasted chicken, though: Order it right when you sit down. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes, but it justifies the wait.
8 Seymour St., Marylebone
Chef Giorgio Locatelli is a real innovator in the food space, but we're also fans of his persistence and strength—he had to close and re-open the restaurant after a traumatizing gas explosion blew through his recently renovated space. It's since re-opened, and is as quiet and comfortable as ever, guaranteeing a perfect grown up night out. Get ready for light, imaginative and seasonal Italian that won't disappoint.
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