It was a Monday night and I went for dinner with friends at the exclusive, Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone. Owned by the infamous André Balazs, this is his new addition of hotel restaurant spaces. This is the man who brought The Mercer to New York, Chateau Marmont to Hollywood and Standard Hotels across the USA – welcome to London, André!
Housed in an old fire station in Marylebone, we went for dinner in the opulent main dining area. Nuno Mendes from Viajente is the mastermind behind the menu with reimagined classics and bold new flavours, with an emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating. With his credentials, we had high expectations. We had high expectations on Chiltern Firehouse anyway, with the media displaying images of famous people sighted at ‘Chiltern Firehouse’ almost every week so we were in good company!
To start Nischa went for the salmon tarter with aubergine purée, beetroot and dill- so beautifully presented and fresh to taste. I opted for the grilled Galician octopus with aubergine, daikus and mushrooms. Despite the presentation of mine (first image below), the taste and textures were out of this world. Nischa tried a little piece and got a little food envy because it was just delicious. It can be tricky to cook octopus as it can have a rubber like texture but this was cooked so nicely and was tender with the smokiness of the aubergine, daikus and mushrooms. A fantastic starter. I could not wait for the mains!
I think its worth highlighting that the service here was flawless. I think by reputation with these exclusive places that staff can be uptight however all that served us were friendly, so knowledgeable of the menu – we asked so many questions because there were ingredients listed that we never heard of and overall the attentiveness was so slick.
So for the dinner I ordered the seared salmon with sea kale, apple and ginger (I mean what an awesome combination, I had to try this out!). This dish was wonderful. All perfectly cooked, again with really nice textures. I believe that salmon dishes can be very ‘samey’ however the addition of the apple and ginger really took it further and I would order this again. And make this at home. *Searches for recipe*
Nischa went for the aged beef fillet with mushroom, caramel and roasted onions. Of course, I had a little taste and that beef. WOW.
After the mains, we had some tea and wished Paul a wonderful birthday before ordering desserts. Just check these out.
To finish we sampled an array of desserts which included dark chocolate tarte, milk and honey combe and the frozen apple panna cotta. The apple panna cotta for me was the most unusual, it looked like a snail on top of a green frozen slush (bottom image), but I loved it! These desserts were delicious and finished off the evening meal perfectly.
I could not resist having a mirror selfie with this, Cigarettes and Men (which is actually a door leading to another area…sshh)
If you get the opportunity, I would definitely pay this place a visit.
Check out their website here : Chiltern Firehouse
Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy – Norman Vincent Peale.