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|Address:||The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL|
|Tel:||020 3544 6065|
|Price: £122.00||Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-11pm|
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This was my first visit to Marcus Wareing, taking my mum for her birthday.
It’s really nice, but ultimately I preferred Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital road as that just seems to do the really high end fine dining experience a little better; the service is smoother, the food nicer and the décor better in Chelsea than in Knightsbridge.
You’ll either love or hate the décor at Marcus Wareing – I didn’t like it much at all. Its gloomy in the extreme, everything is heavy, dark purple, subdued lighting, leather, velvet etc – if Morticia Adams opened a high end brothel I’d imaging it would look something like this inside (not that I have experience in the matter of brothels!). Atmosphere is pleasant though, lots of buzz rather than noise, tables a decent distance apart, etc.
Service is generally good, though there is a slight air of condescension that can occasionally creep into it, but everything happens smoothly, with no hold ups, no mistakes, no awkward waits etc.
The food is generally a high standard, though the one complaint I’d have was that nothing that was supposed to be hot was hot when it arrived, in fact it was barely warm; yes it was all presented perfectly but I wish they’d taken just a bit less time plating up and instead considered getting it out whilst it was a bit hotter. I started (after the usual pre starters, lots of lovely bread – I can definitely recommend the potato and honey – etc) with salmon ravioli on a bed of beetroot, slightly bland flavours and not as good as the exceptional equivalent from Mr Ramsay. This was followed by exceptionally good lamb (best end and confit) with vegetables and bacon – the lamb was meltingly soft with wonderful flavours and seasoned to perfection; if only it had been a bit warmer! Dessert was lemon and meringue, a sort of deconstructed meringue pie if you will, but deeply rich slices of lemon more like tarte au citron, with meringue swirls. It was all very good, but strangely unimaginative for 2 Michelin stars.
Value for money is always debatable when eating somewhere like this – we did the a la carte menu at £80 for 3 courses, which when you’ve added wine (the wine list is both expensive and extensive), water, service, pre dinner drinks etc., turns into closer to £130 per head.
Overall I’m glad I went, but if doing it again I’d probably go at lunchtime to take advantage of some natural light and the good value deals they do at lunch.