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The Providores - CLOSED

Restaurants, Spanish Marylebone
3 out of 5 stars
(25user reviews)
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Time Out says

Please note, The Providores has now closed. Time Out Food editors, August 2019.

Peter Gordon is on a roll. His funky, relaxed fusion café and restaurant Kopapa has been going great guns, and summer 2013 saw him taking the famous Sugar Club kitchen back to his native New Zealand for a starry hotel launch. None of this has taken the shine off The Providores & Tapa Room, his flagship Marylebone project.

On the ground floor is the Tapa Room, a casual, buzzy space heaving with well-dressed locals knocking back top-quality coffees, New Zealand wines and an all-day menu of small plates. Upstairs in the more formal but still intimate Providores restaurant, everything is ratcheted up a notch. You pick between two and five courses from the sonnet-like menu of small plates, sit back and wait to be blown away. But you’re not – not quite.

Few, if any, menus like this can hit the high notes with every dish. We liked almost everything – though the scallops with a bright salad and beurre noisette hollandaise were all but ruined by a spicy ketchup-like bloody mary sauce; and dal-stuffed tempura was ill-conceived. Still, coconut laksa mined with a fish dumpling and quail’s eggs was deliciously memorable, and the meat dishes (pork, beef, duck) all inventive and well executed.

For a good dinner out, however, we’re more tempted by the lower prices and expectations met at Kopapa.




Address: 109 Marylebone High Street
Transport: Tube: Baker Street or Bond Street
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:7
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Having gone for brunch, I can’t say that I was so impressed. The price you pay for the amount of food is not really worth it. I was still hungry after having ordered smashed avo, feta and boiled egg on toast. The bread and egg were cold when it arrived. The service was ok - the waitress was friendly but we constantly had to wave her down to ask her for drinks. We sat upstairs and although the windows were open and the air con was on, we were still uncomfortably hot. With that said, the cappuccino was very good and the decor downstairs is very nice. Sadly though, I would give this a miss.


The best Turkish Eggs in London since Kopapa closed down! I walked in on a Sunday lunchtime at about 12 and only had to wait 5-10 minutes for a table - definitely worth the minimal "wait".

If you're feeling hungry and there are enough of you around the table, I'd also recommend sharing the sweetcorn fritters which comes with a salad garnish with seeds, creme fraiche and bacon. 

[I love the Turkish Eggs so much I wouldn't really choose to share that dish (but each to their own!)]

On the super fashionable Marylebone High Street, this is the perfect place to drop in for brunch before some shopping followed by a chilled browse around the wonderful Daunt Books. 


This is a cute and extremely popular cafe on very trendy Marlybone high street. While the food is tasty, the cafe tends to get extremely crowded on weekends with queues extending far beyond the entrance. Having to wait some time before finally getting a rather tiny spot between other diners, it’s unlikely that the tasty dishes will compensate and make for a great overall experience. Perhaps something for a quieter weekday.


If you want a nice neighbourhood in London in which to wander and spend your (imaginary) millions, Marylebone is the place for you. Sandwiched in between clothing boutiques & minimally fabulous homeware stores are some wonderful little places to stop and recharge your batteries and tucked away down Marylebone High St itself is the Providores & Tapas Room, a funky little spot decked out in warm shades of caramel & copper, perfect for starting the day with something delightful.

The breakfast menu is a nice size with a decent choice of the familiar – toast with jam, boiled eggs, granola – and the more adventurous – smoked salmon with yuzu hollandaise, miso sweet potato hash, courgette tortilla. Turkish eggs were dish-lickingly delicious and although I was surprised by the lack of tomatoes & peppers usually characteristic of this dish, it was splendid & new to me which I loved. Creamy & tart from the whipped labneh and decadent from the pools of Aleppo chilli flake speckled melted butter that spilled over perfectly poached eggs, this might be a touch too rich for everyday dining but was perfect for breakfasting out as a treat. Special shout out to the sourdough toast too which was gorgeously tangy, perfectly chewy and even better when slathered with Vegemite, requested after a serious case of food envy over a neighbouring plate’s toast soldiers! Everything was washed down with strawberry almond & coconut milk, a fantastic, grown up take on the beloved powder pink Nesquik of my childhood!

A portion of French toast sadly arrived barely warm and had to be sent back which was a shame as everyone else in the party was well through their breakfast by the time it arrived back at the table but it was as sweetly stodgy as you’d hope for with a welcome fruit tang from mango, blueberries and pineapple running through it.

They don’t take reservations for the Tapa Room so get there bang on 8am if there’s a few of you – half an hour into opening and the place was packed even on a chilly Tuesday morning. Service was fine, not as cheery or chatty as other places nearby – Daylesford Organic is a prime example of doing it right – but it wouldn’t stop me from coming back and despite this and the returned-to-the-kitchen dish, I do feel that this place has the potential to be an oft returned to place in the neighbourhood.

Good good, unfortunately the portions are absurdly small and it's very expensive. 


Peter Gordon is a genius in the culinary world. He has mentored some of the most successful chefs in London now (owners of Mordern Pantry, Caravan, Oklava etc.). Peter is so friendly and approachable and his food is amazing. I am so glad that I got a chance to meet the man and to taste his food. I can truly say this is one of the better places that you can get a top meal in London without having to pay sky high prices.

It ain't cheap but considering the play of flavours and options it is so worth it. I took my foodie friend who was visiting and we both loved our food. Every bite was so tasty. We ordered the  Grilled chorizo with sweet potato and miso hash, a soft boiled egg, garlic labne and star anise cashew nut praline. It was the perfect balance of flavours. We seriously considered changing our plans so we could back the next day. Best brunch I've had in London. Go! 


I have been to the Tapa room downstairs. The brunch is ok- overpriced in my opinion, but a good range of options. I like this place best as a cafe- they have a fantastic selection of teas. The cheese plate is also delicious for an afternoon or post dinner nibble. 

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Have been here many times over the years - it's a great spot whether you're after weekend brunch downstairs (the Turkish eggs are amazing) or if you head upstairs for a more formal meal or a special occasion. I can highly recommend the scallops and the yellow fin tuna. The menu is really reasonably priced given the quality and overall experience.


Yes this is another review about those infamous eggs but there's nothing wrong with praising an absolute classic. When we arrived for brunch on Sunday, I didn't even need to open the menu - regrettably it took everyone else about forty minutes to peruse the options. Eventually they all plumped for french toast and grimaced at my order of the Turkish Eggs. Evidently these people are not well informed. 

So, had this dish been over-egged after all? I tell you now, their reputation is no eggs-ageration - the photo speaks for itself. Just make sure you don't invite people along that want to have a dunk for themselves.  


I have now eaten at both sections of Providores - this review is for the tapas bar (not the smart upstairs restaurant). 

So the vibe downstairs in the tapas bar is excellent - it's busy, nicely lit and just the right level of noise so you can easily chat. Great selection of mainly new zealand wines (strange for tapas, but appreciated - love NZ vino). I had the Pinot Gris and it was tasty. Service was excellent - quick food delivery and order, smily friendly staff. 

The tapas won't blow your mind - but it's certainly a decent spot for a few bites. I did like the pastry cheesy thing (you'll know what it is when you see it on the menu). The rest I could give or take, nothing was bad (at all, in fact) but I didn't feel the food really had the special factor I was hoping for.

Attempted to make a reservation for 8 people for Sunday brunch and we were going to be placed in the restaurant as it was not possible to reserve the Tapa room. The clincher was being informed that we would be paying a cover charge of £1.50 per person as our table would have a table cloth. Needless to say we quickly cancelled our reservation, before we were told what the crockery and cutlery were going to cost us!

Great lunch. Lovely set menu with a different kind of menu; non-traditional combinations. The settings and deserts was sophisticated. The wines lovely.

I have had a few meals at Providores over the last 10 year. I had one 2 weeks ago (with international guests) and was a little shocked at the decline. The food was still good but not good enough for the price. The staff were quite unfriendly (and didnt really know the menu). The upstairs restiarant also feels tired and old, acceptable 10 years ago but not with the competition today. If you are looking for the Antipodean food experience you are better served at the Modern Pantry (the chef here trained at Providores a few years ago).

We ate at the restaurant upstairs on a Saturday night. The room is beautiful. The staff however were really unfriendly. I was offered a stale piece of bread, no apology for this (after I said it was stale) and asked to take it by hand, lovely! Food is way overpriced. Meal for two with wine was close to £160. That is top end dining prices and the service should follow suit. We even shared a dessert! My main was basically a samosa and completely over peppered. Wine was excellent, though. Just felt ripped off and a bit sad by the end. A shame because it could be so much better with a bit more charm.

Absolutely brilliant restaurant. Delictable food, attentive but non-intrusive service, modern relaxed elegant dining. Yum Yum Yum.

Ah, Providores, what a lovely treat for Valentines night...were my initial thoughts. This changed within 10 mins of being in the restaurant. Experience was; - met at door by a man who ticked us off a list without even looking at us, and then told to wait in the window area - no pleasantries made or offer of drinks - told to go upstairs - no direction, had our coats taken by an equally disengaged waitress - told to enter the restaurant where we would be seated - noone around in restaurant so waited for coat lady to sort our coats and then come in and seat us - seated next to the kitchen so were were able to listen to the squabbling staff (they weren't a happy bunch sniping at each other all night) - endured cigarette smell of waitress when she came to take our order (presumably straight after fag break) - cold lamb (that should've been hot) Aside from that the food was really tasty, on the pricey side but happy to pay that for the quality - some fantastic flavours. The staff weren't over-worked, there were plenty of empty tables and judging from the amount of rude chatter and squabbling in the kitchen we had to listen to they clearly weren't rushed off their feet. It's a real shame for the chefs that the front of house staff were so miserable and disinterested. We won't be going back. From the reviews below I see that this has been a problem for quite some time, presumably the management don't care. At least this has taught my other half to read reviews in future....Spend your money elsewhere!

If you are going there to simply eat food, perfect location. I loved everything I ordered. It is worth for the price, though not cheap

Dreadful experience in the upstairs restaurant Friday night a few weeks ago. Ive never written a comment about a restaurant, but this was such an expensive rip-off I felt I had to. To start with, we booked a table for 4 and they plonked us by the door - a request to move to a window seat and push two tables together was ignored. It wasnt a hot day, but the aircon was on full blast and it was freezing. The atmosphere was as cold as the temperature, the room started to fill up but was deafly silent. The toilets were down steep stairs, in to the busier tapas bar with lively music and better looking food. Unfortunately i was dining upstairs, where the staff outnumbered the diners in this tiny room and it felt like our conversations were being listened to by bored servers who were whispering rudely. The food, 2 courses for £32 or 3 courses for £46 was the biggest let down. Every dish was starter size at best - we were warned about this, but that did little to help now we were sat down and stuck with the menu. We left hungy and skint, if you are hungry in Marylebone, avoid dining at The Providores - save £100 and go for entrecote at Le Relais de Venise!

I've eaten at a succession of Peter Gordon restaurants with pleasure - Bali Sugar, Sugar Club and Tapa Room. Then a few years ago, the prices went up, the portions got smaller and the presentation declined. The scallop in the Scallop with Chilli/Creme shrank each time I visited. The downstairs cafe just fails on cost/benefit. I cant comment on the room upstairs.

Frankly, i do not understand the negative reviews as stated below. In fact, I am dumbfounded by them... Even though there were so many negatives on this page, we decided to trust the Time Out review as we usually do when we travel around the world and tonight, the service was impecable, the place was absolutely rocking with great people, the food was delicious, and the wine list impeccable. From the moment we arrived, the person in charge took extra care of us, even if the place was absolutely packed with people who, by the look of their reaction to the food, were clearly enjoying themselves. Every waiters who attended to us throughout the whole evening were kind, caring, and made absolutely sure we had a good time. The food was delicious and we very much enjoyed the New Zealand wines on offer. The Providores is definitely recommended and for sure i will return on my next trip to London!

I'm assuming the staff knew the TO reviewers were in because my experience chimes with the other customers here. The service was appalling. The waiter was rude and absent minded, it was only when my friend engaged him about where he was from, that he smiled. The food was underwhelming and overpriced for what it was. We ordered some plates to go with our drinks, we may ordered badly but even so: prawn dumplings that were perfectly ordinary, sardines ditto, chicken liver pate that could have bought in your local mini-mart. Only the ham hock croquettes and chorizo were as you'd expect for the price. Avoid.

Over priced with poor service. Was quite busy and we thought it must be good and went in. Turns out most people were waiting ages for their food. The staff were more interested in chatting amongst themselves. Drinks were ready and waiting on the bar for ages before someone managed to take them to a table. It's a great looking place and if the food had been served up in a timely fashion, we would have loved our experience. Shame about the front of house staff letting the side down. Took over 15 minutes to get to pay our bill...... that about sums it up. Feel sorry for the chefs who prepared all the good food only for it to be cold by the time we got it. Would not really be tempted to go back. There are so many others within a stones throw who have better service.

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