Opened in October 2020, a Mexican restaurant from Santiago Lastra, who ran Noma's Mexico pop-up back in 2017.
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“Ex-Noma pop-up chef, Santiago Lastra’s sort-of fine dining Mexican successfully redefines street food at this warm and high-end dining room”, just off Portman Square – “a welcome addition to Marylebone” that “deserves the hype” and which is emerging as one of London’s more “exciting” destinations right now. “The open kitchen allows the man himself to be seen” and a meal “feels like an occasion”, but one that’s “earthy” and “fun”. “The innovative use of British ingredients to recreate Mexican flavours is what makes this a really interesting culinary experience” – providing “twists on the genre which tantalise the palate” and deliver “immensely thoughtful and innovative” dishes with “deep savoury notes”. “And the wine list is both unusual and worth taking a risk on too: some hidden gems from small producers and uncommon countries which complement the food well”. “You are helped in your journey by a knowledgeable and unpretentious sommelier” and service generally is “excellent”. “Always buzzy, tables are hard to come by”. Top Tips – “the lobster taco is a real highlight and the mole something very special indeed”, while there’s “one of the finest vegan tasting menus in London”.
“Eye-opening…”, “inspired…”, “every course genius…” – this long-awaited Mexican from Santiago Lastra finally debuted amidst the lockdowns of 2020, just off Portman Square (opposite Locanda Locatelli), and has been “hailed as one of the most exciting openings of recent times”, not least by Giles Coren of The Times for whom it is “world-class, genre-defying [and] entirely new”. “There aren’t many top-level Mexicans in London” and here “clever combinations use British ingredients for Mexican dishes” (“so you get seed guacamole instead of avocado, and sea buckthorn instead of limes – sounds contrived, but works brilliantly”). It helps that the “impeccable service sets the perfect context for the procession of fascinating dishes, all served up in a glamorous but unpretentious space” around a “vibrant open kitchen”; and there are “excellent sommelier recommendations” too, which are engagingly “left-field and fun”. But, while fans say it’s “good value for such quality and novelty”, its ratings are dragged down by those who feel it ultimately falls short: “hailed as one of the most exciting openings recently, I think this may have been oversold. The food, as innovative as it was, did not feel like it lived up to the hype and was pretty pricey for what it was”.
A Mexican restaurant from Santiago Lastra, who ran Noma’s Mexico pop-up back in 2017, and which looks destined to be one of the more talked-about openings of the new year. It was trailed since 2019 and finally opened in late 2020.
Due to open in 2020, a Mexican restaurant from Santiago Lastra, who ran Noma’s Mexico pop-up back in 2017, and which looks destined to be one of the more talked-about openings of the new year.
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Kol Restaurant Diner Reviews
"One of the most interesting restaurants in the UK. Top quality seasonal British produce turned into amazing, refined Mexican food. Love it here, just wish it was easier to reserve a table!"
"Properly expensive but very impressed - the tasting menu costs a lot but beat expectations for all 5 of us. Some of the food was clever, some beautifully presented, all excellent. Wine list was a little random but the sommelier picked some very interesting wines. Probably could have done without the mezcal flight!"
"Delicious and inventive food and great service in a lovely room"
"Lovely Mexican (with British ingredients) fine dining. Especially loved the langoustine taco and the scallop (‘Natilla’). We were the first guests of the season to be served the Flan dessert, which also didn’t disappoint, best Flan ever. "
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
9 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7BA
|Tuesday||6 pm‑12 am|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Thursday||12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Friday||12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Saturday||12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑12 am|
|Sunday||12 pm‑4:30 pm|