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1 Chiltern Street
The fervour that surrounded André Balazs’ Marylebone hotspot has died down and you no longer need to be famous to secure a table, but Chiltern Firehouse still delivers in spades. Readers praise the outdoor-themed interiors as well as the high-decibel “party vibe”, and we’ve also been impressed by the all-inclusive attitude of the staff, who happily laugh and chat with diners. Meanwhile, in the open kitchen, chef Nuno Mendes and his team send out plenty of likeable big-time successes. Snacks such as bacon cornbread and the famous coral-dusted crab doughnut kick things off nicely, but there are other highlights too: char-grilled Ibérico pork comes with the unexpected additions of grilled peaches and red pepper kimchi, while a side of mac ‘n’ cheese is given a fiery kick with jalapeño peppers. Early risers pack in for breakfast (potted eggs with caramelised onions and curried potatoes), freelancers take advantage of the indulgent lunchtime offers (crab and lobster omelette, say), and we’d also recommend Chiltern Firehouse for a pre/post-meal trip to the botanically themed bar for cheekily named cocktails. Be warned – the bill (with impressive wines included) may have you reaching for the fire alarm.
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1 Chiltern Street
Baker Street Tube Station 475m
Bond Street Tube Station 600m
Dorset Street 157m
The Wallace Collection 177m
Mon-Sun 7-10.30am 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun 11am-3pm) 6-10pm
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Food + drink: 4
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.
Food + drink: 5
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 can also see lots of diners "having an unlucky experience". Do not come here for the first time for an important date or meeting. You have to see how this place is and works. Also it is not at all corporate, I would not come here for a standard business lunch - it is a complex and special place. The food, if you like modern fine dining is out of this world. Light and extreme attention to detail, but it sometimes seems secondary to the overall experience, which in its own right is a pity. But there are bar seats opposite the open kitchen (think L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon) which might be for the out-and-out foodie. Then there is the bill. Two things, you can always deduct a return ticket to LA from the total and if it still seems steep, at least the fire brigade will be on hand at least in spirit to put out that smouldering credit card...
Food + drink: 3
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 of gristly bits which were off-putting but the rest were very nice and crispy) and the famous crab doughnuts (excellent, thoroughly enjoyed these) - why do restaurants do starters with odd numbers though, I was nice enough to let my husband have two to my one). This was followed by lemon sole for me which was perfectly cooked, but with way too much butter and salt (with warm thik slices of cucumber, which were just slimy and didn't really add to the meal) and my husband had chicken and leeks, again all way too over-seasoned though.
We followed this up with a shared key lime pie (wonderful!) and washed down with a reasonably priced bottle of white wine (under £40).
The atmosphere is lively and buzzy and the staff were friendly and attentive, but if I am going to spend over £200 for a meal out, I want it to be a meal to remember and can't wait to re-visit (like Le Gavroche or Texture). All in all , this was a long-awaited Saturday night booking for dinner, which I regret spending that much money on.
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