Opening in February 2024, Morcella is set to be the next step for Perilla's Ben Marks and Matthew Emerson.
Located inside a former bank perched on the corner of Rosebery Avenue and Tysoe Street, Morchella is the second restaurant from the team behind Perilla. Like its predecessor, Morchella follows as a modern neighbourhood restaurant offering fine dining calibre food but in an unfussy and welcoming fashion. The philosophy of founders Ben Marks and Matthew Emerson is that humble high-quality ingredient-based dishes can and should form part of an elevated but accessible dining experience for London communities. Morchella’s location just metres from Exmouth Market, where you can find some of the most vibrant foods in the capital, is a smart one.
At Morchella, vibrancy is the order of the day. Head chef and Great British Menu alum, Daniel Fletcher serves up a menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Fletcher brings a wealth of experience picked up in the award-winning kitchens at The Square and Sky Garden. In true Perilla style, the menu comes to us in modern style with seasonal produce at the fore. Ingredients are sourced from both continental artisanal suppliers as well as independent British producers, butchers, and fisheries. Guests can expect twists on classic dishes, such as hake with sobrasada sauce, octopus alla Luciana, and salt-baked poussin. The wine list also champions organic independent wine production, including various bottles from the likes of Dynamic Vines, Keeling Andrew, and Newcomer Wines.
Avoiding the stuffy connotations of the London fine dining scene, Morcella is styled as an easy-going but soothing space, think exposed plaster and modest design features. Front and centre in the main dining room is an open kitchen, with the creativity of the chefs on full display. There is also a private dining room and wine bar located on another floor which functions separately and might just be the ideal spot to rest your legs and have a quick drink.