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Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016The white heat that once burned around André Balazs’ Marylebone hotspot has become a steady glow, and getting a table in a name other than ‘famous’ is now a possibility. So why make the booking? Well, readers say “the decor is perfect”, the all-inclusive style is spot-on and the food is “excellent every time” – sentiments we wholeheartedly endorse. The set-up continues to bewitch, with a garden terrace, various tables offering privacy as well as the chance to show off, and a raised open kitchen from which Nuno Mendes and his team send out some very likeable food. Snacks such as bacon cornbread and the famous coral-dusted crab doughnut are almost the best bits, although there’s a bold, fiery character to the rest of the menu too. Wood-grilled carrots come with yeast, brown butter and chervil, while short-rib is peat-smoked and served with charred cabbage. Don’t forget breakfast, complete with smoked mackerel, buttered mooli, kimchi and fried eggs – or the wall-to-wall luxury of a lobster and crab omelette for lunch. Wines are lovely, but decidedly pricey.

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Lives up to the hype

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Feb 2017

Clearly on the hot list for celeb spotters but reality is this is actually not a bad spot whether entertaining clients or out with friends. I've done the private room and a table out on the restaurant floor. Both have attentive staff, great food and great overall ambience. Booking staff can be a little snobby but that probably goes with the turf.

Paul P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Brilliant! Handle with care.

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Jan 2017

Editor's pick Visiting most recently in early January 2017, and it was once again superb. The thing is that one has to "buy into" the concept. For a later seating you will probably have to plan for a drink in the bar before. It is quite festive (read: party-like) it can get quite loud and the concept appears to foresee a balance between Nuno Mendes' fantastic food a truly good wine list and restaurant that conveys a youthful sense of occasion. I could understand if someone doesn't like it, I...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 5

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Don't believe the hype!

by   platinum reviewer (82)

Sep 2015

We ate here on the weekend. Our evening started in the restaurant bar where a surly faced bartender whipped a stool away from me just as I was about to sit on it (I don't actually think he was being rude, just unobservant and really could do with learning how to smile). We found somewhere else to sit straight away and had a glass of champagne and a vodka tonic (we ended up having two drinks before dinner which of course added to the bill). Now, the food. We shared the fried chicken (a couple...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 4

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1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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All hype no delivery

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Jun 2015

Had a long lunch at Chiltern Firehouse. The atmosphere is nice and the weather meant we could sit outside. However the rest of the experience was just dire. Poor service where the waitress forgot to place half our order, super slow service and all the mistakes were just met with a nonchalant smug. The food was average at best. Steak tartare was too saucy and the main course needed a microscope to be seen. I left with a dent in the bank account and hungry.....warning - you go for the hype but will...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 1

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Total let down

by   gold reviewer (31)

Feb 2015

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Well, you can see from my previous review that I really struggled to a reservation here but when I finally did, it was a total let down. For starters, when we arrived, our table wasn't ready so we were cramped into the tiny little space they call a bar where it took ages for us to get served: 20 minutes or more. The cocktail was frankly, just weird. 30 minutes after we were due to be seated, the not very nice host came to get us with no apology whatsoever for making us wait so long. The server...

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Tanya D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Lovely decor, food so-so

by   bronze reviewer (9)

Oct 2014

I brought a friend here who was visiting from overseas, booking lunch three weeks in advance. We walked in the door and the first person who comes in behind us is Kate Moss. She's short for a model. My friend and I laugh, as we're not there for the celebrity gawking, but it hits us right in the face. We got a table by the front door, good for people watching. And it is a good looking crowd. The room is fabulous- excellent use of space and not noisy. We were encouraged to get the crab...

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La Gringa's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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1 Chiltern Street ,London W1U 7PA

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Impressed

by   platinum reviewer (203)

Oct 2014

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Perhaps the best way to approach the Chiltern Firehouse is with a high degree of scepticism only then to find expectations surpassed. I had been put off for two reasons. First, the obvious: I would prefer to dine somewhere based on the quality of food and not on which A-through-to-Z-list celebrity I might have a chance to spot. Nearly every person I had spoken to prior to our visit name-dropped that they had seen the likes of the Beckhams or Lindsay Lohan there but failed to comment on the food....

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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So this is what happens when chefs sell out!

by   gold reviewer (31)

Sep 2014

I have been a fan of Nuno's since he first cooked at a small gastro pub in Shoreditch and was unknown and then several times at Viajante and was blown away, but this is so typical in London, people who know nothing about food or dont follow chefs get wind of a celebrity haunt and that's it, you can never experience one of your favourite chefs cooking again. Celebrity haunts come and go but excellent, innovative cooking speaks for itself and does not need to suck up to Z-listers. Annoyingly...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Jun 2014

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Well do you know, I have to show off just a little because for some reason I can't even begin to imagine, we've been twice. Yes that's right we've got tables there on TWO separate occasions and it's still only June 2014. We're not famous, fashionable, well dressed, thin, rich or even particularly nice people so dog only knows why they let us in … or back in for that matter. Everyone can make a mistake once but twice looks like carelessness, as Lady B would say ! The first time was for my birthday,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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by   platinum reviewer (51)

May 2014

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Chiltern firehouse is London's hottest new opening, with now a 4 month wait for tables. I was lucky enough to sneak in on an early table 6pm in the early days before it exploded onto London's trendy gourmet scene. 6 pm way too early, I hear your say, well not in a place like this. One, you have secured the hottest table in town, two, you get to bed at a reasonable time with no hangover the next day and three the frisson starts early at places like this as everyone is excited to be there whatever...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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  1. Published :

    Dips Dines :: Chiltern Firehouse Sparks are Flying | Dips Dines

    So far, this is the most exciting restaurant opening of the year. Housed in an old fire station in the heart of Marylebone, Chiltern Firehouse occupies a massive space & one which has been used incredibly well. Many of the building’s original features have been retained and restored, and it’s beautiful.

    The outdoor dining space is a very nice area for some al fresco summer drinking/dining, – an asset which many top London restaurants are missing. There’s an abundance of greenery, all perfectly groomed & maintained, and the space is a real breath of fresh air in the centre of town...
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    COVERS & CAPERS :: Chiltern Firehouse & Chiltern Street | COVERS & CAPERS

    A year after opening Chiltern Firehouse is still on everyone’s bucket list. It’s still the place to be seen, and it’s still just as difficult to get a table.
    André Balazs’ properties tend to have this in common. He’s found the formula for generating the hottest places in town, attracting the well-heeled and far-famed like moths to a flame, and has watched his empire grow with rip-roaring success. Chiltern Firehouse is no different. It’s been ablaze ever since the hotelier turned his attention to London and transformed Marylebone’s beautiful old fire station into the most happening spot in West London...
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    Eppie Chiltern Firehouse :: Eppie

    This week I was treated to a meal at Chiltern Firehouse with the boy and Papa Shepherd. Known for being a hard-to-get-into celebrity hotspot, I was intrigued by what was to come.
    After finding the slightly hidden entrance we were greeted by many friendly hosts who showed us to the restaurant. Unfortunately there had been a confusion with our reservation (safe to say I wasn’t particularly impressed) so we were shown to the bar in the hope they could find us a table.
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Nuno Mendes

Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes has spent his culinary career ahead of the curve. He was head chef at the original ‘fine dining in trainers’ restaurant Bacchus;  he ran a supper club before it was fashionable; he convinced Bethnal Green diners to try the 12-course tasting menu at Viajante; and then he astounded everybody again by moving to André Balazs’ über A-list Chiltern Firehouse in 2014. Watch this space for his next move.

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