With just six tables, this tiny fine dining restaurant (in the space that used to be Marianne's, RIP) opened up quietly in April 2019, than had critics rushing to visit. Chef Richard Wilkins previously had his own place in Buckhurst Hill in Essex, and has also worked at The Waterside Inn and Pétrus.
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“So glad to have 104 back on the map”, say fans of this tiny 14-seater on the fringe of Notting Hill – formerly Marianne’s (RIP) and now re-launched without fanfare by chef Richard Wilkins and front-of-house Matt Hough: the former of whom had worked here with Marianne Lumb before she moved onto pastures new. Early feedback on this “very pretty room” (“romantic”, but “be prepared to overhear everyone else’s conversation”) does include the odd caveat (“excellent quality overall, but some dishes seemed overly simple; and some of the accompanying sauces had gone wrong – the lemon sabayon with the asparagus just tasted of synthetic gloop”). For the most part, however, the picture is of rave reviews for “stunning and very high quality dishes at a reasonable price for such great produce”.
104 Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Beautifully executed food and excellent value. Charming and unfussy service. Ambience cosy and not cramped but perhaps a bit plain (and was the table an inch higher than normal?). "
"Some of the food extremely good, some a little disappointing. All deceptively simple Superb asparagus and sabayon Pollack well presented but not much flavour Seabass and champagne sauce best I've had in a while Duck option also met with favour Not very busy so a bit more like having dinner with friends so we had excellent service"
"When Marianne Lumb’s very special, bijou restaurant in Notting Hill closed its doors back in late 2018 I was very disappointed and have missed the intimate fine dining experience, delicious food and warm welcome. But, Oi, Oi! what’s this... the doors are open once again, with chef patron Richard Wilkins at the helm. Richard cooked with Marianne back in the day, so I was excited to visit one of my favourite eating places once again and 104 didn’t disappoint. I started with the scallops, golden delicious mouthfuls, cooked to perfection, a very pretty and colourful dish, sublime. I opted for the roasted lamb saddle, mouth-wateringly tender with a sumptuous jus. As a chocoholic, I simply had to choose the chocolate moelleux with passion fruit sorbet, what a dreamy finish to a very fine meal. Simply heavenly! The wine list offers a fine selection but, being a Champagne lover, I ordered a bottle of Larmandier-Bernier, divinely quaffable accompanied by a simply divine eating experience. So delighted that 104 is back on the map. JM."
"This was a fabulous visit and a good chance to see Richard & Matt again. We first met just over a year ago at his restaurant in Essex where we enjoyed a fantastic lunch but unfortunately that restaurant had to close. During this time we did keep in touch so was therefore delighted to hear that he was taking over the former site of Marianne Restaurant in Notting Hill which is an amazing area for dining with top restaurants all around. He opened a couple of weeks ago and we said we'd love to see him again so on Saturday off we went. On our arrival we was greeted by Matthew and he gave us a complimentary glass of champagne. Also at this time Richard sent us out some Parmesan Sable snacks to enjoy. This gave us a chance to have a chat and a look around. You could that the restaurant had been left in great condition with only a few adjustments in the kitchen to be made which meant they could open quite quickly. The restaurant itself only seats fourteen people and has a window where you can see into the kitchen making this a great place for a nice intimate dining experience It was then time to take our seats and look at the menu or what we thought would be the menu as Matthew then said that if we'd like Richard would create for us a Special Menu. This was a nice surprise and we gladly accepted. After enjoying some amazing bread it was time for our first course a fabulous Scallops , Cauliflower , Apple & Buerre Noisette. This was followed by a fantastic Asparagus , Confit Lemon Zest , Sabayon & Butterfly Sorrel to which I have to say that the addition of the lemon zest was a triumph Our next course was a stunning Monkfish with a Champagne Sauce & Ratte Potatoes. These first three courses were perfectly matched with a Petit Chablis Moreau = Naudet 2017 Now it was time for the main course and a fantastic one it was too a Roasted Squab Pigeon , Beetroot , Endive , Blood Orange & Jus Gras. This dish was matched with a glass of Chateau Tour Du Moulin Fronsac 2015 After enjoying a Citrus palette cleanser we was asked to try a new dessert dish that Richard was working on consisting of Gariguette Strawberries , Matcha Tea Ice Cream & Buttermilk to which I have to say the flavour combinations were a delight Our last dish of the day was a sublime Chocolate Moelleux with a Passion Fruit Sorbet simply dessert heaven. This was enjoyed with a fabulous glass of chilled Maury Tradition 2014 Tuile We finished with a coffee and Petit Fours which brought to an end to a truly fabulous lunch. This is definitely a place I would highly recommend either for couples , small groups or even to hire the whole restaurant. I would just like to say a personal Thanks to Richard & Matthew for a great afternoon and to wish them all the best for the future. Looking forward to visiting again soon "
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
104a Chepstow Road, London, W2 5QS
|Tuesday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3 pm|