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Dramatic hand-painted murals of Georgian life and sketches of feasting tables set the scene at Marani – a 100-cover restaurant devoted to the cuisine and culture of this independent country on the
old Euro-Asian Silk Road. Home-cooked dishes and traditional recipes feature heavily on the menu, alongside contemporary riffs and modern reinventions of the old ways: khachapuri cheese bread,
spiced broths, khinkali dumplings and skewered meats from the mangal grill share the billing with contemporary crossover specialities such as seared tuna tartare with marinated Colchis capers, foie
gras with aubergine and walnuts or suma-crusted salmon on chestnut purée. Marani translates as wine cellar, so it’s no surprise that the restaurant is a prodigious showcase for the ancient legacy
of Georgian winemaking. Look out for shots of infused chacha too – Georgia’s potent national spirit.
I’m pretty familiar with Mayfair, so it was exciting to try something new in the area as the restaurant had just opened in March. A quick Google brought up these photos which did make me a little hesitant. It’s a lot to take in. It seems like a kind of ‘love it or hate it vibe’. This was wrong. The photos make the space seem overdone, but when you actually visit the restaurant it’s all very charming.Finally, after being led through a maze of rooms, I was taken upstairs to our magnificent private room full of beautiful people and soon to be full of beautiful food. Wine was served. Food arrived.I don’t know how much you know already about Georgian food, but a lot of it involves cheese...
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Marani is a lot like my grandmother. No, she’s not Georgian, or even a big fan of Georgian cuisine, in fact she probably couldn’t even tell you where Georgia is, and unlike me, she isn’t likely to whip out her phone for a quick Google. Former USSR, next to Turkey in case you’re wondering. But like Marani, my grandmother shows love through food and pays scant regard to how much cheesy garlicky goodness goes into things, as long as they’re tasty and nourishing, she’s happy.So too it seems with Georgian food...
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Until recently, not much is known of Georgian cuisine - it was a secret to almost everyone.Georgian food has slowly been creeping out of the woodwork.Hiding in between the winding walkways in Mayfair is Marani; a Georgian restaurant.With Marani, you're instantly transported back to the 19th century as soon as you step through the doors.The high ceilings, the hand painted walls and the warm hospitality of the staff all add to the endearing charm of the restaurant...
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Marani is a family-run restaurant in Mayfair, with the aim of introducing Georgian food to London palates. Eastern European cuisine is something of a rarity in London, and so Marani must be appreciated just for the fact that it offers something different. It’s a stroke of good fortune that it offers a fantastic dining experience as well as great food and drink.In Georgian, the word Marani means ‘wine cellar’ and with an archive of many hundreds of varieties the restaurant lives up to its name. Georgia has a long and ancient history of wine making, begun a thousand years ago and still going strong. The red Pirosmani here is complex and deep, while the white is far more forgiving on the uninitiated. Start with the white...
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So I've finally had the opportunity to get over to that much talked about, new Georgian restaurant in Mayfair, Marani. Nestled in the centre of Mayfair's middle eastern hang outs, where the Lamborghini's and Ferrari's line the streets - the rich and famous weekend playground. When it comes to luxury, and decadence - interior wise Marani does a fantastic job at it all. Walking through the doors isn't like walking into any normal restaurant, more like someones home. Its stunning inside. All lovingly designed by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze who spent time here making chandeliers from wine decanters, printing on to wallpaper, arranging hand-painted murals and putting together a private dining room which feels like you've stepped out of one country to another, and got back in time a hundred years...
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