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A sophisticated small-plates restaurant.
A laid back small-plates restaurant in Leyton, Marmelo Kitchen is the kind of place that makes its own jam. Not granny jam. Chic jam, served in perfectly proportioned glass pots. On our weekend visit a thirtieth birthday party was hogging two of the sharing tables, and even though they were so pissed they were having trouble spelling out the word ‘birthday’ in silver balloons, Marmelo somehow managed to feel elegant. The best seats are outside: the staff bring you blankets, and Francis Road makes for extremely good people-watching.
The menu changes weekly, and can be found scrawled up in chalk on a central blackboard. Surprisingly, the most exquisite thing was a dip: beautifully white whipped feta with tart, slow roasted tomatoes plopped on top. Scooping mouthfuls up with soft, cakey bread set the bar for the rest of the night. Next up was a fat hunk of pork belly with salty crackling on top – the meat here was so wonderfully soft, with hints of apple. There was also a gorgeous sweet potato and fig salad with crumbly goat’s cheese. Everything is little: Marmelo is the kind of place where it’s tempting to order the entire menu and flit promiscuously between small plates.
There was one dud green bean salad slathered in what tasted like cold tinned tomatoes. But overwhelmingly, Marmelo Kitchen delivered hit after hit. The chocolate tart at the very end was so satiny and dark we ordered two of them. The menu will have changed by the time you get to it. But guaranteed: it will be luscious.
169 Francis Rd
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.|
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Marmelo is such a great part of the neighbourhood. Delicious food, veggie friendly, great service, inside and outside seating, good beers and wine and near enough to Leyton's other hostelries and transport to be an easy choice. It's brilliant to see them do so well - fully deserved.
Fantastic food - an ever changing menu offering intelligently crafted small plates using really fresh ingredients, and prepared with love! This very popular local small plates restaurant ticks all the boxes!
We are fussy. But we have no complains here. Wonderful modern British tapas style dishes, cooked right in front of you, an informal setting, oh and only a 45sec walk away!
Great food. Great service. No pressure to move along once you've finished eating. Perfect for special occasions or jawing away with old friends.
Marmelo is a gem of a neighbourhood restaurant. We were so happy when they opened their doors, and had many wonderful dinners (the small plates on Friday night are amazing) and the best Sunday roast.
A real neighbourhood gem. Producing a changing menu of delights. So good that my husband once ordered a second pork chop as his dessert.
Fantastic little restaurant knocking out excellent food at very reasonable prices, friendly team too. A shame it's only open at the weekend (for now).
At one stage I thought they were going to start charging us rent, we were there so often. The best neighbourhood restaurant
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