5 Tasty Reasons to Visit Marylebone
If waiting six months for a table at Chiltern Firehouse — André Balazs' hip, celebrity-filled restaurant in a converted Victorian fire station — isn't your idea of fun, here are some other ways to discover the new Marylebone, London's hottest new dining destination. From modern Greek cuisine to an old-world Viennese cafe and delectable French pastry shop, there's more than one good reason to visit the West End neighbourhood.
Set over two floors, this modern Greek restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner in a laid-back space with charming Mediterranean touches like mosaic flooring and terra-cotta serving dishes and platters.
Must-Try: Greek-style eggs Benedict served on a toasted koulouri (a sesame-covered bread ring similar to a bagel) with bacon and Greek-yoghurt hollandaise.
10 Paddington St., W1U 5QL; 020 7935 0551
The London outpost of this contemporary French patisserie (other branches in Paris and Japan) is a charming space filled with a delectable collection of treats from tarte Tatin to éclairs, brioche, biscuits and brownies all displayed on a central carousel under sleek glass domes.
Must-Try: St. Honoré cake.
43 Marylebone High St., W1U 5HR; 020 3603 7333
With American chef Brad McDonald at the helm, this bright and airy restaurant brings the flavours of the 'Deep South' to Marylebone. Expect poshed-up versions of Southern classics like fried chicken, hushpuppies and cornbread made with seasonal British ingredients.
Must-Try: Shrimp and grits.
22-24 Seymour Pl., W1H 7NL; 020 3011 5400
The latest restaurant offering from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin — the pair behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Colbert and Brasserie Zedel — serves classic Austrian food in an immaculate space evocative of old-world Vienna.
Must-Try: Wiener schnitzel served Holstein-style with a fried egg, anchovies and capers on top.
50 Marylebone High St., W1U 5HN; 020 7466 5501
Indian food with a contemporary twist is what's on offer at this world-famous seafood restaurant focused on coastal cuisine from Southwest India. High-quality, sustainable ingredients are used to make signature dishes such as Dorset brown crab, Hyderabadi dal and seafood biryani. This is not your average curry night.
Must-Try: Tandoori lamb chops.
15 -17 Blandford St., W1U 3DG; 020 7935 5624