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Early adopters who get their fusion kicks from freekeh and dukkah have long relied on Kiwi pioneer Peter Gordon to make the culinary introductions. His two-tier Marylebone stalwart comprises a deafeningly loud, no-bookings Tapa Room at street level plus the calmer Providores restaurant upstairs. Here the menu mixes old faithfuls from Gordon’s early days with more intricate assemblies that hit the spot more often than not: twice-cooked sweet-and-sour pork belly with a spicy butternut-squash dosa, spinach, curry leaves and black vinegar is a typical centrepiece from a build-it-yourself tasting menu of starter-sized dishes. At weekends, brunch is served on both floors, and it remains a red-hot ticket – think grilled chorizo with sweet potato and miso hash, a soft-boiled egg, garlic labneh and star-anise cashew-nut praline. Given the riot of flavours, matching wines from the 200-bin all-Kiwi list can be an unpredictable task.

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  1. Clearly I’m late to the show with my discovery of The Providores & Tapa Room, as once I shared my Friday night experience with my colleagues, several recognized one of their favorite restaurants. But better late than never! As I had an appointment near Baker Street, my friend spontaneously booked a table in the upstairs restaurant. Not knowing what to expect, I was taken aback at first, entering the busy Tapa Room, a bit too loud for my taste. But I was quickly directed upstairs to a much quieter and simple but elegant environment.

    From the name, expecting something Spanish, the fusion menu – and we’re talking...
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    Australia has a lot to answer for. Tony Abbott, Home and Away and The Veronicas are all things I can easily live without. But the Antipodes has also given us Kylie Minogue, the flat white and the Tim Tam Explosion. Modern Australian cuisine is also something to be treasured – its unique melding of Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences is, at its best, a wondrous thing to behold. In a dirtier, more savage time, i.e. the 1980s, this would have been called ‘fusion’ cuisine, but I prefer to call it eclectic.

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  1. My favourite aspect of blogging is meeting the other bloggers out there in the blogosphere! Blogger meet ups are a great way to make new friends, network with other bloggers and just to talk about life, loves, blogging and tweeting!

    When Catherine Lux of Lux Life Blog posted an invite to a London Bloggers Brunch I was quick to reply as I was eager to meet more people who had caught the blogging bug!

    The venue was The Providores and Tapa Room. Though I'd passed by it many times on my jaunts around Marylebone, I'd never actually been in...
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  1. Published : Friday, 17 January 2014

    Munch My Way :: Tapa Room, Marylebone

    Tapa Room Cafe and Wine bar serves laid back breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    The place is owned by the talented Peter Gordon who has made a success in Kopapa in Seven Dials..

    The place is buzzing even as early as 9am, just the restaurant opens, a sure sign that their breakfast is to die for...
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  1. In this industry, making it this far is somewhat of a miracle considering the fickleness of diners, the revolving food fads, and ability of a scathing review going viral before the bill has even been paid.

    This year, kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone turns thirteen and I went along to celebrate.

    If you’ve been to his Auckland restaurants Bellota, dine by Peter Gordon, or the new Sugar Club, you know the food will be top notch – but here are 13 other reasons why you should stop by///
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  1. You have to do something pretty special as a restaurant to be as popular today as you were when you opened 14 years ago. The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone do just that though. A restaurant/bar downstairs and a larger restaurant upstairs, The Providores and Tapa Room was set up in 2001 by Peter Gordon, Michael McGrath, Jeremy Leeming and Anna Hansen and is now run by just Peter and Michael. Anna Hansen moved on to The Modern Pantry, which I'm already a fan of.

    I visited The Tapa Room restaurant on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago after I was invited to review it, and it was heaving. We arrived at...
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Essential Details for The Providores

  • Address: 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX
  • Telephone: 020 3544 0686
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.45pm 6-10pm (Sun -9.45pm)
  • Cuisine: Fusion International
  • Area: Marylebone
  • Price: £58.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £29.50/£35 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £33/£47/£57/£63 (2/3/4/5 courses)

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