Boasting sweeping views of the capital and a bold reimagining of Mexican cuisine, Madera at Treehouse provides a winning combination for health-conscious Londoners in search of a hip hangout and a fresh, flavourful meal.
The younger sibling of Los Angeles-based Toca Madera, this super-stylish new London eatery has replaced the rooftop restaurant and bar at the former Saint George’s Hotel on Langham Place in a big way.
The rooftop space has been completely transformed with wooden and tiled floors, bamboo furniture and a glut of foliage, which is all bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s the sort of place you visit for lunch and end up staying until late into the evening – which brings with it the possibility of capturing beautiful sunsets, along with a livelier atmosphere fuelled by music and cocktails.
Given its setting within the brand new Treehouse London hotel, which is run by the same group that owns the similarly eco-friendly 1 Hotels brand in New York, Miami and LA, it’s fitting that the decor at Madera is as organic as the food, which is truly delicious (though not cheap).
The ingredient-led menu has something for everyone, including a vegan menu as plentiful as the main menu. Our eyes were bigger than our bellies, but it meant that we were able to try a medley of dishes that included a generous portion of creamy guacamole with crunchy plantain chips, tacos, pan plano (a Mexican-style pizza) and Madera’s signature: meat served over hot lava stones.
Highlights include the guacamole, which was as good as you’d expect at a premium Mexican restaurant, and the avocado and roasted garlic pan plano, which was sticky, soft and crunchy in all the right places. Leathery tortillas meant our tacos were a little disappointing but, aside from this small blip, we loved every second and can’t wait to head back for a hearty Mexican breakfast some time.