In common with many perfume lovers I am also a huge foodie! I had heard so much about Marcus at The Berkeley Hotel so I was delighted when a recent celebration gave me the chance to finally go there and experience the tasting menu that had been making headlines…
Head Chef Marcus Wareing started his career at the Savoy under the tutelage of Anton Edelmann before moving to the Michelin starred Le Gavroche where he first met Gordon Ramsay. He later spent time in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants in New York, Amsterdam and Paris before returning to the UK to take London’s restaurant scene by storm.
After working as Chef Patron of Pétrus for 9 years and earning it two Michelin stars, in 2008 Marcus took on Pétrus’ lease at the Berkeley hotel and re-launched the restaurant as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. In March 2014, following extensive renovation works, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley was relaunched as Marcus, a stunning new contemporary dining space.
I knew we were in for a serious gastronomic experience from the moment the amuse-bouche was served! Going by the name of ‘Steak and Chips’, this was piece of extremely tender beef rolled in potato that created an external coating similar to a chip and was served with a crispy onions on the top. It was simply divine!
The scallop, white asparagus and lardo was amazing and for that alone I would head back to Marcus in a heartbeat! I have to confess that when I first looked at the menu I had no idea of what lardo was so I was curious to see what was going to end up on my plate. Lardo, it turns out, is the Italian equivalent of fatback. It’s usually cured with sea salt, pepper and herbs and was the perfect seasoning for this dish, really accentuating the beautiful taste of the scallops.
The first of the meatier dishes was the Cumbrian veal rump with courgette and English Peas. The veal was tender and cooked to perfection, with the courgette and peas adding real colour and balance to the dish. Everything we tasted was absolutely delicious but for me the stand out dish was the spring lamb, fresh onion, curd and green olive. I can still conjure up those flavours which were just out of this world.
I love desserts and the toffee, hazelnut and milk chocolate nougat was to die for. The combination of flavour and texture was unreal…everything you could wish for in a dessert and the perfect way to end our gastronomic extravaganza!
As you would expect the service was impeccable. The sommelier was happy to listen to what we liked and make recommendations accordingly. Two guests from our group opted for the ‘wine flight’ and experienced new wines that they wouldn’t normally have selected, all of which were served with extremely detailed explanations as to why the pairings had been made. The staff were friendly, fun and most importantly very approachable which is something that many restaurants operating at this level can get wrong.
If you have a special occasion to celebrate then I would really recommend this outstanding restaurant. Since its redesign it’s become a little more chilled and relaxed but it does offer a rare opportunity to get really dressed up – something we seem to do less and less often! Harvey Nichols is just over the road and their new Beauty Lounge has recently opened why not head up early and get your fragrance fix before you eat!
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