Madera at Treehouse London

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Madera at Treehouse London

Silver Award

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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Mexican
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Rooftop
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Madera at Treehouse London?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Madera at Treehouse London.

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Location

14-15 Langham Place, Oxford Circus, London, W1B 2QS

020 3988 4273

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:00-11:00
Tue 07:00-11:00
Wed 07:00-11:00
Thu 07:00-11:00
Fri 07:00-11:00
Sat 07:00-11:00
Sun 07:00-11:00
Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Dinner
Mon 17:00-23:00
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun 17:00-23:00

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2 Reviews 
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Anon

01 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2
Service 2
Atmosphere 4
Value 1.5
Disappointing

Great venue and atmosphere but slow service and below average food.

Alex G

21 May 2021  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Missing that Mexican magic

A room with a view allows diners to forget and forgive an awful lot. This has been the typical experience of your reviewer. Just marvel at the London (or replace with any other icon city) skyline from a slightly novel angle and everything will be all right. Some of this formula seems to have been deployed by the Treehouse Hotel group who have recently taken over an ugly and unprepossessing premises close All Souls Church and the BBC building just north of Oxford Circus and installed Madera on its top floor. Madera is a mini chain, with outlets in Arizona and California, which is now bringing its brand of Mexican food to London. Having spent some time in Mexico – including a dedicated six-week period – your reviewer can state that what Madera offers is not authentic Mexican food, but a take on it, which will more likely appeal to British and American palates. Beyond the view and the people watching opportunities, Madera ticks almost all the evident boxes of what ‘on-trend’ restaurants seek to offer – a bewilderingly complicated menu, dishes explicitly made for sharing which arrive as soon as they are ready and music that was slightly too loud for a midweek lunchtime. Diners are confronted by a menu grouped into small plates, large plates, pan planos (effectively Mexican pizzas) as well as there being a raw bar, a salad section and a taqueria (range of tacos). It’s great for grazing, but much less helpful if you’re trying to figure out what to order for a lunch comprising three diners. Fortunately our friendly server was able to provide some helpful suggestions – put simply, a bit of everything – even if there was a slight emphasis on the up-sell, the more pricey options generally advocated most strongly. I would love to say that I remember all the dishes – we ordered five and were brought two gratis by the restaurant – but unfortunately they arrived in such rapid succession without any introduction to which was which, that the overall impression was that they blurred into one. What I do recall was that the presentation was superb – presumably with half an eye to Instagrammers – and that the cooking was mostly thoughtful. There was a judicious use of spice – in other words, chilli was far from ubiquitous – and the sourcing of ingredients (such as the ceviche) clearly high quality. Our pan plato of avocado and roasted garlic had such an intense smell that it wafted – in a very good way – off the plate from the moment it was set down on the table. By coincidence (or not) it was also the first dish we received. After that, it was a bustle of flavours and textures. The Oaxacan mole, or chocolate sauce, was a novel crowd pleaser, but poorly executed. Better were the chicken taquitos – I think – and carne asado from the taqueria list. All this was washed down with a satisfying bottle of Italian Merlot chosen from a decent wine list. It was only a pity that the server poured it a little too quickly and injudiciously. All-in, pricing was more reasonable than might have been expected from a venue of this sort. I am sure that the views will keep people coming, but there is work to be done, particularly in terms of what gets brought when and how it is the overall experience is explained to the potentially unwitting diner.

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