Mr Smith goes goes for Dinner at Marcus in London
Having never been to a restaurant from Marcus Wareing, Mr Smith was really looking forward to trying the food and experience at Marcus…
Every now and then you need to give yourself a treat and head to somewhere really smart for great food. The challenge for me can be the cost of doing that in London. However, the London Restaurant Festival allows me to try restaurants I may not get the opportunity to go to normally. I try and take advantage of this when I can and this time booked myself in to Marcus at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. This is the restaurant that carries the name of Marcus Wareing and the offer meant I could get a 5 course dinner with a Bellini, their ‘A Taste of Autumn’ lunch menu but served for dinner.
The restaurant festival runs through October and I would highly recommend checking it out and trying somewhere new, hopefully I have at least 1 more new place to try.
After a busy day in the office I dashed to the hotel I was staying in, checked in, showered and changed, and started the walk to the restaurant. This took my through ‘Embassy land’ and past some very nice houses, expensive cars and lots of money!
I find the hotel and ask the concierge where the restaurant is and in I go. A nice warm welcome and I get shown to my table and the menu. Given that it was effectively the lunch menu there was not much I needed to choose from, just the main dish, either Lamb Neck or Roasted Bream. After a quick chat with the waiter I went for the Lamb, but it was a touch decision. Time now to sit back, relax and enjoy the food, along with the wine. I had asked them to pair wines for me, which is so much easier than trying to work out what will go with each course.
I also had a delicious Bellini that was was part of the offer on the festival menu, which I enjoyed while having a couple of delightful treats and Amuse Bouche.
It was now time for the main event, which started off with a gorgeous creamy Burrata with Aubergine & Sourdough, followed by Crispy Rhug Estate Chicken with Sweetcorn & Tarragon, then the main course of Lamb Neck with Beetroot & Runner Beans and finally the Lemon, Meringue & Iced Tea, followed by a few Petit Fours and some Custard Creams for me to take home, well in my case back to the hotel.
Definitely a good taste of Autumn
All of the food was delicious and well presented (even if my photos do not really show it due to the lighting), but the biggest highlight for me were the wines that went with the dishes. The Sommelier did a great job, with wines that I had not tried before and they went perfectly with the dishes. Definitely not the cheapest wines on the menu, but they were worth it, with wines from Austria, 2 from France and a stunning Straw Wine from South Africa.
All in all a very pleasant dinner and good experience. Would I rush back for the full menu and experience? That would depend, although I had a good time and great experience, I think it would be even better if I was sharing it with a Mrs Smith, so maybe not as a single dinner again, but if someone said I had to eat the food all again I would snap their hand off.