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“Marianne Lumb nails it, spot on, time and time again” at her “very special, petite restaurant” (just 14 covers) in Bayswater. La patronne herself “is not only a brilliant chef, but also a charming and welcoming host” and the “tiny but lovely” set-up is “perfect for a romantic evening” (if “without a lot of buzz”). “The set menu is chosen with good taste rather than extravagance, and the cooking is peerless perfection” (“it is rare that a tasting menu is all hits but this place manages it”). Finally, “the wine list is a real draw too – a terrific selection at prices that are actually affordable”.
“Exceptional in so many ways” – Marianne Lumb’s “tiny space for 12” is “like eating in someone’s front room, but with better food”, and with the “small kitchen (a vision of calm efficiency) entirely on view”. “It is rare that a tasting menu is all hits: this is” and “some of her creations are breathtaking”. “Truly welcoming staff” manage the confines of the space well, and it’s an experience many find “romantic”.
Marianne Lumb’s “tiny treasure” (just 14 covers) in Bayswater is “an absolute joy that’s worth every penny!”, with “passionate” personal service, and “confident”, “exquisite” cooking, which create a “wonderfully intimate” experience; “it’s easier to get into Downing Street than to reserve” though.
“A joyous experience”; Marianne Lumb’ serves “astonishing, delicate and wonderful” dishes in the “small and most delightful” dining room of this “intimate” Bayswater yearling – a “very romantic” location, where “the focus is on your food and your partner”.
Marianne Restaurant Diner Reviews
"charming little restaurant. quiet (no music blasting in the background). good value for money considering quality of the food."
"The best food in London, with brilliant service. I don’t like only being offered a tasting menu, and the room is small, but the kitchen is peerless."
"Eel, goats curd; egg and truffle; brill; cheese and truffle; chocolate and mango. Matching wines. 2 people. £400! Blimey. Delicious though - though one for a (very) special occasion."
"Marianne's achievement in this tiny space is remarkable. The set menu is always interesting and her love of soufflés makes a triumphant ending to a beautiful and always imaginative meal meal. It's very expensive for she has to make a living out of a small space. But for a special treat it's the must go place."
"Marianne has received many accolades recently and so we approached our meal with great expectations and the hope that this would be another restaurant to add to our list of places to return to. Did it measure up? Well, first of all we were quite taken aback by the intimate size of the dining room even though we knew there only 14 covers, and for us that number seemed to be stretching it, and even smaller was the kitchen, which was more like a cubby hole with a couple of ovens and hot plates, requiring the chefs (one of whom had previously worked at the three-star Hertog Jan in Bruges) to move round each other in a well-rehearsed pattern if anything meaningful was to be produced on time for service and is clearly the reason for there being no alternative to the set menu. It also meant that a minimum of front-of-house staff was necessary. Something else that we found unusual was a practice that more restaurants should think about following - if you add the amuse-bouche and the pre-dessert to the menu dishes, the advertised 6-course menu could actually be claimed to be 8 courses, which would actually make the price setting more realistic. A trio of canapÃ©s, truffle popcorn, creamy vegetable soup and chickpea paneer preceded a sort of pre-amuse-bouche in the form of what was announced to us as white fish brandade, a dish which would normally be cod but my wife thought that it might be something else. The amuse-bouche proper was a combination of sticky candied pecans and parsnip foam with slightly tart apple and provided a perfect demonstration of the balance of flavour and texture that chef is very keen on and which marked out most of the remaining dishes; it was again demonstrated admirably by a dish of Cerney Ash cheese, tomato gelÃ©e, sharpish turnip, a touch of lemon sorrel and lovely French smoked eel. Braised artichoke and artichoke crisps followed in a bagna cauda which could have done with more anchovy but was enhanced by a sprinkling of hazelnuts. Lobster is always a favourite with us, and the olive oil poached native lobster, served cool, with carrot discs and purÃ©e went down very well, but the dish of the evening was the tender, tasty Gloucestershire muntjac perched on perfect cavolo nero along with pear purÃ©e and sichuan spice. We were less than impressed though with the cheese course, an unconvincing Suffolk â€œbrieâ€ with black truffle, and the pre-dessert, medlar and persimmon mousse with pomegranate seeds did not really cleanse the palate. Happily the chocolate soufflÃ©, quince sorbet and crÃ¨me de cassis ganache came up trumps, and the petits fours were fine. Areas where things could have been better - even the less expensive wine flight did not represent good value, there was a minimum of interaction with the waiting staff (although this was far from the case when we met the chefs in the kitchen), and the lack of buzz in such an intimate space was surprising. Unfortunately the wow factor was largely lacking, so our hopes were not realised."
104 Chepstow Rd, London, W2 5QS
|Tuesday||6:30 pm-11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 pm-11:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-11:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-11:30 pm|