Fine Dining in Marylebone
Michel Roux’s restaurant, Roux at The Landau, offers amazing fine dining in Marylebone situated in the 5 star Langham Hotel.
The restaurant was revamped earlier in the year bringing a more modern and fresh vibe. The beautiful wine counter takes centre stage, offering a relaxed space for sipping on a glass of wine whilst reading a newspaper or having a full meal with a friend. The menu remains focused on French cooking using great, seasonal British produce with a stripped back number of offerings.
When experiencing fine dining, the atmosphere and staff can be a little pretentious / pushy. This certainly was not the case here and the staff were accommodating and friendly throughout our dining. There was a relaxed vibe and we had some great conversations with the lovely Juam throughout our visit.
The restaurant offers an extensive selection of wine with over 500 different bottles available to sample by the glass. They have recently introduced ‘wine month’ where their talented sommeliers select one particular wine region highlighting interesting varieties each month.
September was New Zealand, October was the Americas and November (when we visited) was The Alps. With wines from mainly Northern Italy, we celebrated the first snow-flakes settling on the peaks of the Alps, signalling the arrival of winter.
We chose the following at the wine counter:
- White: Olim Bauda, Gavi di Gavi, Piemonte, Italy 2018 (£11)
- White: Cantin Tramin, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy 2018 (£11)
- Red: Refosco, Pucino, Colli Orientali Del Friulli, Italy 2017 (£11)
- Red: Bertani, Ripasso, Valpolicella, Italy 2017 (£12)
Juam helped us to pair the wines with our snacks and main meals (see below) and was on hand for any questions we had.
Accompanying our wine, we had to try some of snacks (as well as the complimentary bread). We had the:
- Isle of Mull cheddar gougères (£5.00)
- Crisp potato rösti, whisky smoked salmon (£6.00)
- Prosciutto San Daniele (£7.00)
- Croustilles of Obsiblue prawn, basil pesto (£9.00)
We were so impressed with the quality and affordability of these delightful snacks. Our favourites were the cheddar gougeres which melted in your mouth with a strong cheesy taste and the salmon and crisp potato rosti which worked very well together.
Main Courses and Cheese
We felt so comfortable at the counter that we decided to have our main meal there. If that is not for you, there are cosy booths and smaller tables for diners.
Our main dishes were the Day-boat Cornish cod, spinach, cockles, hen of the wood, seaweed butter (£26) and the Buccleuch beef fillet, salt baked beetroot, ox cheek, sauce “Royale” (£45) served with mash.
The cod was flaky and smooth and complimented by the cockles and the delicious seaweed butter. The beef fillet was cooked perfectly medium, tender and juicy. Although the main meals come with a price tag (from £20 to £45), they are totally worth it for a special occasion.
We finished off our wonderful meal with a tour of the La Fromagerie where the different cheeses were explained to us. Served with thin crispbread and bread, the combination of British and French cheeses was perfect. If that wasn’t enough, the complimentary chocolates were AMAZING – a mixture of white, dark, passion fruit, raspberry, vanilla and caramel!
If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant in Marylebone or London generally, Roux at The Landau should be a top choice. The food, service and ambience were perfect and we felt very relaxed in such beautiful surroundings.
East London Girl: Roux at The Landau
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