Marcus at The Berkeley - fine dining Michelin style
Wed, 19th November 2014
I had very high expectations when I arrived at The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, for lunch at Michelin-starred Marcus. At the helm of this much talked about restaurant is chef Marcus Wareing who has been making waves in recent years with his empire of high-end restaurants aimed at the discerning.
The Berkeley is of course the epitome of discretion and service. I am ushered into the Marcus restaurant with no fuss and quickly settled at my table. On first impression the restaurant oozes sophistication. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and looks rather fabulous with dark wood paneling and beautiful chandeliers. I love the layout. If you are dining as a pair you sit adjacent each other on sumptuous convex shaped armchairs so that you can both face the dining room and take in the atmosphere. Genius.
Now to the food. We opt for the five-course tasting menu with carefully selected wine for each course. Amuse consisted of cheese and tapioca bread balls, perfectly cooked king prawn and freshly baked bread slices with butter. I decided to wait for my lunch date before tucking in and as the bread balls were no longer warm when she arrived our waiter immediately takes it away and replaces it with a fresh batch without prompting. It is such exceptional attention to detail that distinguishes Marcus from the rest.
The second course – Widgeon, risotto with cabbage and pine nut is a rich and satisfying treat not least because of the garnish of fresh truffle shavings expertly delivered at the table by our waiter. The accompanying glass of Trinity Hill matches perfectly with the risotto. For the main course you have a choice of lamb or pork. I chose the lamb and my friend opted for pork. We both agree it’s the best dish we’ve had in years and once again the Forefront cabernet sauvignon served with my lamb is well suited.
Pineapple, brioche, coconut and lime
There were more treats to come – a cheese course and then finally our sweet of pineapple, brioche, coconut and lime which seemed too beautiful to eat but that didn’t stop us both from devouring the plate rather quickly. For stickies you get Austrian Muscat Tschida. Tip – do not plan to drive after this lunch!
Coffee or your choice of tea is of course provided to end the meal and you also get some nicely packaged salted caramel chocolates to take home! Perfection.
This is one dining experience I cannot wait to repeat sometime soon.
Reviewed by Nana Coles
We enjoyed A Taste of Autumn 5-course Lunch in November 2014 priced at £75 per head including five courses, wines, tea, coffee and chocolates to take home (£49 excluding wines).
Marcus at The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL Reservations tel: 020 7235 1200
KV residents enjoy 25% off food at lunch; complimentary glass of champagne and a signed cookbook at dinner. Pre-booking required. Offer subject to presentation of your KV membership card.