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.
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.
Professional yet unfussy.
In the heart of Marylebone village, 10 minutes walk from Bond Street or Baker Street tubes.
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.
Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath's new café-restaurant, [node:174740], which serves a similar menu, opened at Seven Dials in Covent Garden in December 2010.
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