The Providores & Tapa Room

Price guide: Expensive

109 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4RX

Price guide: Expensive

In the heart of Marylebone Village

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#21 of 115
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
5
5.0
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of The Providores & Tapa Room

Two terrific eateries in one means this Marylebone spot suits many occasions.

One of my very favourite spots, the Providores & Tapa Room is London’s leading purveyor of fusion cuisine but relaxed enough that you can simply pop in for coffee. The ground floor Tapa Room (named after the ceremonial cloth that lines the wall) is open all day and does not accept reservations. You can, however, book for the more formal upstairs restaurant, The Providores, and will need to do so well in advance for Sundays, when the farmers’ market is held just around the corner.

Food and drink: 

There’s a clear New Zealand accent with ingredients such as manuka honey, kiwi fruit, and the encyclopedic choice of fine New Zealand wines, but this is true fusion cooking, employing flavours as diverse as wasabi, pomegranate, coconut, smoked paprika and feta cheese. Some of the combinations defy belief but the palate of chef and co-owner Peter Gordon is impeccable and I’ve never had a bad dish here. Cocktails, coffee and teas are prepared as carefully as the food.

Ambience: 

The Tapa Room is sleekly cosy during the day and very lively in the evening. Upstairs, the white-walled restaurant is bright and relaxing but space is undeniably tight - you’ll have no trouble eavesdropping.

Service: 

Professional yet unfussy.

Location: 

In the heart of Marylebone village, 10 minutes walk from Bond Street or Baker Street tubes.

Price advice: 

It’s not cheap. Downstairs expect to pay £5-£11 for a hot cooked breakfast, £9.30 for the signature laksa, or £16.40 for a main of roast gilt head bream. The Providores restaurant charges £43 per head for three courses at dinner, £53 for four.

Other useful branches: 

Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath's new café-restaurant, Kopapa, which serves a similar menu, opened at Seven Dials in Covent Garden in December 2010.

More information on The Providores & Tapa Room:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Modern
Address:
109 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4RX
Telephone:
020 7935 6175
Website:
http://www.theprovidores.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Cafe-bar Mon-Fri 9-11.30am, noon-10.30pm; Sat 10am-3pm, 4pm-10.30pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 4-10pm. Restaurant Mon-Sat noon-2.45pm, 6-10.30pm; Sun noon-2.45pm, 6-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
New Zealand, Peter Gordon

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