Marylebone is one of those areas which Londoners have been guilty of avoiding due to the close proximity to Oxford Street. Then Chiltern Firehouse stormed the scene with its delicious crab doughnuts and throngs of celebrities and it became a little less daunting.
The area itself is a world away from Selfridges and Debenhams with small boutiques, cosy pubs and some delicious independent restaurants offering a range of options from pricey to wallet friendly. There are a whole range of scrumptious gems just waiting to be discovered including The Cavendish which is conveniently tucked away on a hidden corner of New Cavendish Street. A modern brasserie bar in the heart of Marylebone, there’s a lovely feeling of locality from the friendly waiting staff to the fresh and high quality produce to the mouth-watering cocktails and wines on offer.
We arrived on a sunny afternoon to find all the tables around the front of The Cavendish were taken up by locals and après work drinks enjoying a glass of chilled wine or beer in the sun. We were shown upstairs to the 2nd floor which was decked out with white table cloths and a rustic looking wine cellar, the perfect setting for a birthday supper with friends or a family meal when the parents are in town.
The menu itself isn’t fussy, there’s a variety of options available from the grill to salads to an epic looking brunch menu. Even more surprising is how incredibly affordable it is for this part of London, starters range from £6 - £12 and mains tend to be around £12 - £20, apart from the rib-eye for two which comes in at a very reasonable £39.
Keen to experience the range of dishes on offer, we kicked off with beef and lobster sliders. The mini beef burgers were delicious, really succulent and good quality cow but the lobster sliders were a little overwhelmed with mayonnaise which masked any flavor of the fish. Next up we tucked into the tuna tartar with avocado and fresh chilli, a fantastic mix of fresh and light flavours, perfectly showcasing The Cavendish’s dedication to high quality ingredients. My fellow diner enjoyed the quinoa prawn tabbouleh which offered delicious Mediterranean flavours and would be a great option for a mid-week lunch.
During the meal, we enjoyed deliciously chilled Italian Verdicchio which was perfect alongside our first course and paired our heavier main course with a fruity Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Whilst both wines were highly enjoyable, it’s worth noting that the wine list is where you might get slightly stung here as you probably won’t recognize anything on the list. The wine list boasts small boutique wines to provide Londoners with something a little “off the beaten track” which explains why bottles start at £28 whilst also providing punters with a great opportunity to acquaint themselves with lesser known regions and some really mouthwatering tipples.
Now, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but The Cavendish has launched a 100 layer lasagna – 100 LAYERS I HEAR YOU CRY?! Now being a girl gearing up for bikini season, I was a little weary of this option but we were pleasantly surprised. The chef uses crepe instead of pasta to ensure it’s not too heavy and the mix of béchamel, meaty and tomato flavours really deliver a great comforting dish. No meal out would be complete without trying the steak and the ribeye really does not disappoint, melt in the mouth and slightly smoky, the kitchen uses a Spanish oven to deliver succulent BBQ flavours.
All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with The Cavendish. From the friendly staff to the variety of areas available to enjoy your time here; whether it’s outside soaking up Marylebone’s hustle and bustle over a glass of wine with friends or upstairs in the slightly smarter restaurant area with family and, it’s certainly worth checking out. The high quality of the ingredients and the well thought through menu ensures that there’s something which appeals to everyone, I myself will definitely be venturing back to try out that brunch menu!