Marcus

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SquareMeal Review of Marcus

Gold Award

The restaurant of a celebrity chef can bring a degree of hesitation with it; will it live up to the hype, or will expectations be left in tatters? Marcus, we’re pleased to report, delivers on every level for an evening of pure indulgence. The key perhaps lies in the chef’s presence in the kitchen each week, when he works a regular service (apparently demanding silence to allow for complete concentration).

As a master of classic French cookery, you might expect Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant to stick to tried-and-tested combinations, but the Michelin-starred chef plays with international influences to produce intricate and interesting plates of food that balance flavours and textures with precision.

A crab parfait came perfectly seasoned, lifted by the flavour of lemongrass and accompanied with a sweet, fragrant satay sauce while fat, sweet scallops were dressed with a sticky sauce of bone marrow and served with a Scandinavian-style smoked cod roe and crisped kale.

Mains of perfectly pink duck breast and cod with octopus were almost outshone by a side order of some stunning spuds. Gnarled and crisp on the outside, these torn hunks of potatoes were fluffy on the inside and cooked in beef fat for a nostalgic roast dinner flavour and served with sour cream and truffle.

Given that this is no place for restraint, dessert and drinks aren’t to be missed. The wine list is, as might be expected, a robust yet approachable list of bottles that ranges from drinks by the glass through to eye-wateringly expensive Champagnes. For pudding, the tarte Tatin comes highly recommended by the gracious hosts who carefully look after each guest. Served tableside and sliced up between two, it seduces with the rich caramel notes of near-burned sugar.

There’s no happier sound than the happy hum of diners and in the low-lit comfortable space at Marcus, such a noise fills the room. Everything about the experience is for the pleasure of guests, which is exemplified in the range of menu options on offer; from tasting and set menus to à la carte options, this is flexible fine dining.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Marcus

Marcus is the eponymous restaurant of celebrity chef Marcus Wareing - without question one of the UK's most recognisable chefs thanks to his many years of service on MasterChef: The Professionals as well as his long-time history with former mentor Gordon Ramsay. With pride of place in the magnificent Berkeley Hotel, Marcus arguably boasts one of the great restaurant locations in the city. A towering room of mahogany panels, gleaming architrave, deep-pile carpets and plush, peppermint-leather seating attended by battalions of suited staff, Marcus is as imposing as Mr Wareing’s culinary reputation.

Wareing's time on TV has come up trumps in more ways than one, as he has turned to former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant Craig Johnston to lead the team at the restaurant after the departure of Mark and Shauna Froydenlund. Marcus now offers two tasting menus - the 'Taste of Marcus' menu, and a vegetarian tasting menu, both available in five or seven course formats, with two choices of accompanying wine flights. Dishes at Marcus remain based in quintessential British produce and flavours - Wareing has always been passionate about British food and that shows here.

On the flagship tasting menu you'll find dishes such as baked potato with truffle, honey and confit lemon, confit double-smoked pork belly with quince, grape mustard and black garlic, and roast Orkney scallop with bisque, cauliflower, curry spices and pickled apple.

The vegetarian tasting menu, meanwhile, features some genuinely interesting vegetarian cooking - still somewhat of a rarity in London. Dishes include glazed heritage carrot with pine nut, tarragon, hen-of-the-wood mushroom, black garlic and potato terrine, and Delica pumpkin with bitter leaves, pickled baby onions and king oyster mushroom. Puddings are classic and perfectly executed - try chocolate cremeux, chocolate nougat, salted caramel mousse and peanut for size.

Marcus also offers a four course lunch menu from Tuesday to Saturday, and a significant wine cellar with hundreds of bottles from all over the world. 


FAQs

Does Marcus have a Michelin star?

Marcus has one Michelin star.

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Location

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7RL

020 7235 1200

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed

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18 Reviews 
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Anne B

26 July 2019  
The staff are so friendly - and the food excellent.

Paul H

26 July 2019  
Excellent service, good food.

Dom B

08 July 2019  
Always really good.

Angela D

08 July 2019  
We had the 5 course set menu at Marcus and the whole meal was a culinary treat from start to finish. Each course was delivered with an explanation of the ingredients and a theatrical placement on the table. The dishes themselves are plated in a beautiful contemporary style, and tasted as good as they looked. My one gripe with the restaurant is that the price of the wines are extortionate. There are no 'entry-level' wine which may put people off ordering anything. If there were a few bottles at the £30 range then I'm sure the restaurant would still be making money without the customers breaking the bank!

Rakesh C

08 July 2019  
Excellent food and service set in wonderful surroundings.

Bethany L

28 June 2019  
An experience, rather than a dinner. My favourite restaurant and meal ever. The restaurant its self is beautiful. The Gosset X Marcus champagne is also absolutely brilliant, and even better knowing to know it was something overseen by Marcus himself.

Pa C

29 March 2019  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2
Is it worth the price

This was probably the most expensive meal I've ever had, and by that definition alone it should have been the best.

The food is terrific and the service is very good but the overiding feeling was that I was in a London hotel with a load of tourists. I understand the restaurant cant control this sort of thing, but in general this was not a cool night out in a London hotspot.

I preferred the dining room when it was The Petreus. Unfortunately they've cut it in half to accommodate some sort of tea room which you have to walk through to get to the main restauarant. The clientele is a mixture of obnoxious rich people (who were demanding to be let in without a reservation when I arrived) and out of towners. The decor in the restaurant is hideous; hotel carpet and frosted glass are not a good look.

I wish I could talk about the food more which was very good, and the wine pairing was excellent.

My overiding memory though was the price tag and the fact that I dont want to be in London on a night with rude rich people and tourists.

Sorry Marcus, the food is right but the decor and ambience are not. I should have flown somewhere warm in Europe, had dinner by the beach, stayed the night and still come back with change in my pocket.

 

Neville D

27 June 2018  
Food OK. Ambiance stilted. Service poor: generally snotty; merciless up-selling on wine: "I would like a Red Burgundy at around £100" - first suggestion £250!!

Neil S

27 June 2018  
Stunning food, amazing service.

Phil C

27 June 2018  
Outstanding fine dining.
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