Time Out says
A British fine-dining restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Wareing.
Celebrity chef Marcus Wareing owns a few fancy restaurants across London, but this one, Marcus, is by far his most elaborate – a proper fine-dining spot on the ground floor of The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge that’s perfect for a special occasion. The dining room is dark and glamorous, with huge windows covered by sheer curtains, and spacious, deep-purple leather banquette seats surrounding large, white linen-topped tables.
Meals here are a lovely, long affair, with seasonal starters, amuse-bouches, mains and desserts all arriving at a leisurely pace. The best dish, by far, was the slow-cooked egg. Perfectly balanced in texture and flavour, it was very autumnal, with thin slices of cep mushrooms, loads of truffle (shaved at the table by a graceful waiter) and a rich, caramelised celeriac sauce surrounding the egg, which was cooked for 40 minutes, and like a cross between poached and boiled. You cut into it and the yolk wobbled out on to the plate, retaining its shape just when you thought it was going to burst.
Post-egg, there were more fabulous dishes, such as tender, roasted scallops paired with 72-hour short rib (the rich flavours balanced by small, delicate cubes of apple), then a perfect sea bass fillet surrounded by tiny pieces of chorizo, and a deliciously messy chocolate mousse dessert with crumbles of brownie, pieces of puffed rice and shards of sesame crisp scattered beautifully on the plate. Minor grievances, like a faintly tough piece of duck and a slightly dated chocolate-orange dessert, were forgiven, because the service was spectacular. Our waiters sparkled with personality, joining in with the theatre of it all, which made it all the more fun. We left full, happy and delighted with the whole experience. That’s all you really want from a restaurant, isn’t it?
Marcus Wareing works closely with husband and wife team, Shauna & Mark Froydenlund, to create innovative and contemporary British menus to evoke and create memories. Dedicated to sourcing the best seasonal ingredients from our trusted network of suppliers, highlighting quality & provenance in every dish.
Dining options include classic 3-courses and seasonal tasting menus and also would be delighted to create a bespoke menu for your occasion.
In selecting wines to be served at Marcus, our Head Sommelier, is focused on the expression of varietal and regional integrity and the synergy that can be achieved when matching food and wine. With a stunning collection of over 1000 bins, our wine list features some of the most iconic wines in the world.
For those extra special occasions, book our Chef’s Table for up to 10 guests or The Salon, a private dining room which can seat up to 16 people. Exclusive hire of the restaurant is also available for up 80 people.
The Berkeley Hotel
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £250.|
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Against the other michelin star restaurants in this part of London, I did not get a sense of how they plan to distinguish themselves, either by their menu, service or atmosphere. I found the experience rather 'unspecial' when I had hoped for something to remember. I booked for a party of 4 for a birthday a few months ago and can honestly say I there was nothing amazing which I remember about the food. Yes, its excellent quality - but there is no original stamp here that I have come to expect when dining at places like this. Bit of a deflated balloon of an experience, I am afraid to say.
Over the pas years we have gotten used to Marcus Wareing being one of the hardest judges on BBC's Masterchef to the extend where I really didn't like him as a person (I have to give it to him - he is softened up his act a lot lately). But I have to revisit that opinion after visiting his two michelin starred restaurant. This man has all the right in the world to be a tough judge, because his restaurant is insane. Food is extraordinary, service was absolutely impeccable and the venue was gorgeous. Yes it does not come cheap, but price/quality is definitely on point. You would be a fool not to go.
Overpriced and underwhelming as a result. Service is efficient (almost brusque with a few exceptions). Food was good quality but varied from pedestrian to overly fussy with some distinctly odd flavour combinations. Highlight was the pear tart tatin providing s satisfying sugar high to end an unremarkable meal but didn't quite take the sting from the bill. Beware of ambitious recommendations from the sommelier as this is not a recession friendly wine list to begin with.