Rich, decadent and downright delicious, this is what it’s like eating at Marcus Belgravia, one of the best restaurants in London
When it comes to the best restaurants in London, Marcus Belgravia is right up there at the top.
Based in the uber-luxurious The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, Marcus Belgravia combines Michelin-starred cooking in a very relaxed, contemporary space.
Like with a lot of Michelin-starred restaurants in London there is a massive emphasis on service, but it is the food that really sings with every dish a celebration of British cooking and cuisine (with a few notes from our French friends too).
For me, the quail was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a very long time. And as with all great desserts there’s a little bit of food theatre too.
Put it this way, dining at Marcus is an evening you won’t forget for a long time!
Like a lot of people obsessed with cooking shows, I have been following Marcus Wareing for about a decade now.
Unlike my mother (who unashamedly fancies Marcus), I love how he really flies the flag for Britain and he is obviously one of the UK’s most talented chefs.
Along with his chef patrons Mark and Shauna Froydenlund (you may recognise Shauna from the Great British Menu 2018), they have created an amazing menu at Marcus Belgravia.
Rich, decadent and downright delicious, every course was well-balanced without being too heavy. And even though I was stuffed I didn’t want the meal to end!
So, what’s it like dining at one of Marcus Wareing’s restaurants? To find out you’re going to have to read the rest of my review of Marcus in Knightsbridge!
London Restaurant Festival
I ate at Marcus Belgravia as part of the London Restaurant Festival.
This is an annual festival that opens up the best restaurants in London with affordable menus and events.
Festival menus range from £10 to £60 in over 200 restaurants across the capital allowing you eat at that restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit. And the best thing is these festival menus are at a seriously reduced price.
I found Marcus Belgravia on Bookatable and it was an absolute bargain.
Usually the 5-course tasting menu will set you back £105 per person, but with Bookatable I got a 5-course festival menu with a glass of champagne for £55 per person.
As I said, it’s an absolute bargain to try one Marcus Wareing’s restaurants in London for so cheap.
The London Restaurant Festival is running until the end of October so there’s still time to try out somewhere new for yourself.
Course 1 – mackerel
This was char-grilled mackerel, smoked eel, an avocado mousse and a dill emulsion. One thing I really like about this dish was the pickled onions that cut through everything. Overall a very well-balanced dish with the mackerel being the real star of the show.
Course 2 – slow cooked egg
This was a slow cooked egg at 52 degrees for 30 minutes on a bed of mushroom/sep jam, a celeriac broth and some black truffles on top. I love mushrooms and found this dish very grounding with woody and earthy flavours. Also, there was a lovely tuile that brought real texture to the dish too.
Course 3 – quail
Crown of quail, shavings of smoked almond, buttery parsnip puree and an earthy water chestnut. This was my favourite dish by far. The quail was perfectly cooked and the skin crispy and delicious. The parsnip puree was so velvety and a few crushed almonds on top brought some added texture too. 10/10.
Course 4 – duck
This was a duck breast with a nice fennel and 5 spice crumb, a little bit of chicory on the side and two sauces – a damsen plum jam and a sherry duck reduction. For me, I’m not too sure it needed two sauces as after the first couple of mouthfuls they blended together but the cooking on the duck was superb.
Course 5 – Coffee, mascarpone, bourbon
The final course was a bourbon biscuit with a layer of ice cream covered in sweet Italian meringue and topped with a coffee liquor. It almost looked to pretty to eat (before I destroyed it).
Overall I though Marcus at the Berkeley was classical, rich, indulgent but just delicious.
Obviously it’s not the type of meal you could eat every night but I am so happy I finally got to try it for myself, especially with such a great deal from Bookatable.
Also, even though it was in somewhere as posh as the Berkeley, I really liked the ambience of the restaurant. It was very relaxed with some lovely music selection (very chill and electronic, my kinda vibes).
My tip is to get a booking for around 7:30 when the restaurant is already starting to fill up to really add to the atmosphere.
What is the price of Marcus Belgravia?
There are a number of different menus on offer at Restaurant Marcus.
- A la carte – a three-course a la carte menu is £85 per person Monday to Friday
- 5-course tasting menu – the 5-course tasting menu is £105 per person (but you can have this as a lunch menu for £55)
- 8-course tasting menu – the 8-course tasting menu is £120 per person (please note you can only have the 8-course tasking menu on a Saturday)
- Saturday lunch menu – the Saturday lunch menu is £69 per person
Where is Marcus Belgravia?
Marcus is located in The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.
Here’s a little map to help find it and here’s the address too:
+44 (0)20 7235 6000
The London Restaurant Festival is in its 5th year and runs from 1st-31st October. You can find out more about the offer I booked at Marcus via Bookatable here.
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