Mediterranean Restaurants in Marylebone
1. Ottolenghi Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone 63 Marylebone Lane - W1U
“A feast for the eyes and always fresh, delicious” and full of “interesting flavour” – the “unusual salads” and habit-forming cakes at Yotam Ottolenghi’s starkly decorated café chain: an ongoing success-story particularly beloved of brunching yummy-mums and Guardian-reading types (“is this a restaurant or a cult?… some of the clientele on my trip seemed beyond parody”). “It’s only the food that makes it worth it” though – branches are “super-busy and never enjoyable” – and, given the prices, a visit can “feel like daylight robbery”.
2. Blandford Comptoir Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone 1 Blandford Street - W1
“Wonderful bistro food” – “surprisingly fancy, but very well executed” – matches up to a notably “interesting and well-priced wine list” at this “delightful little wine bar” in Marylebone from Xavier Rousset, the youngest-ever Sommelier of the Year.
3. Opso Greek restaurant in Marylebone 10 Paddington St - W1
A modern take on Greek cuisine in Marylebone hailed for its “authentic food and lively atmosphere (crowded and noisy inside but good outside on a fine day)”. Other plus points include “friendly, helpful service” and “a nice selection of Greek wines” – in fact, there’s “little to complain about, except perhaps the pricing”. A more casual street-food offshoot, Pittabun, opened off Carnaby Street last year.
4. AOK Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Westminster 52-55 Dorset Street - W1U
A “beautiful room”, with Instagram-friendly blossom trailing from the ceiling, helps win positive early reports on this ambitious (rather clunkily-named) new Marylebone restaurant (upstairs) and bakery (downstairs), where the focus is on “healthy cooking that’s 100% free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar”. Some negative feedback, however, although not massively so, contributes to a slightly mixed rep overall: “no pun intended, it was only OK”.
5. Riding House Café Mediterranean restaurant in Fitzrovia 43-51 Great Titchfield St - W1
For “a social start to the day” or to kill off “a boozy afternoon”, many recommend this all-day bar/brasserie just north of Oxford Street in Fitzrovia, whose vibey looks and “great brunch menu” have earned it a big fanclub. At other times, some reckon “the food is underwhelming” – a view possibly shared by the management, who shut up shop for ten days in August 2019 to give the interior and general offer a ‘facelift’. It now boasts a new long bar and five-course tasting menu.
6. Mortimer House Kitchen Mediterranean restaurant in Fitzrovia 37-41 Mortimer Street - W1T
“Fun” and fashionable yearling – a glamorous, grown-up, all-day restaurant complete with bar, on the ground floor of ‘private workspace and wellbeing destination’, Mortimer House in Fitzrovia. Its open kitchen is headed by Antonio ‘Lello’ Favuzzi (formerly of leading City Italian, L’Anima) who joined as head chef in February 2019. A versatile choice for many occasions, it is particularly tipped for business. Foodwise, one or two reporters consider the Mediterranean-via-the-Middle-East cuisine a little “average”, but overall it’s consistently decently rated.
7. ROVI Mediterranean restaurant in Fitzrovia 59-65 Wells Street - W1A
“An impressive step-up for Ottolenghi, and with all the elements that make his food unique”: Yotam Ottolenghi’s “just brilliant”, veg-centric yearling in Fitzrovia provides “some of the most innovative food in town” – “very clever” and “exciting” sharing-plates with “intense flavours” and “exceptional presentation” – and “even though there’s meat on the menu, it could turn the most ardent carnivore vegetarian!”. With service that’s “exemplary” and “committed” and “a really delightful atmosphere (buzzing but not noisy) it’s all-in-all a memorable experience”.
8. Onima Fusion restaurant in Westminster 1-3 Avery Row - W1K
Swish, Greek-owned, late-2018 yearling, which occupies two floors of a five-storey Mayfair townhouse (the remainder being dedicated to a bar, club, roof terrace, etc) which aims to ‘brings the spirit of Mykonos to London’ on a site that once housed the HQ of Cartier’s watch-making empire. Ex-Novikov chef, Sicilian Carmelo Carnevale, oversees a Mediterranean/Asian mash-up of a menu, which earned solid ratings in early feedback, alongside perhaps predictable concerns about the slightly scary pricing.
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