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REVIEW: Nirvana Kitchen, Marylebone

REVIEW: Nirvana Kitchen, Marylebone

WHAT? A polished Asian restaurant attached to Marylebone’s Montcalm hotel, Nirvana Kitchen brings surprises from all corners of the Far East.

WHY GO? Cracking lobster curry, moreish mochi and a stylish yet laid-back setting – the perfect central London spot to keep up your sleeve.

We’ll level with you, hotel restaurants fill us with dread. A mix of displaced guests (or very few guests at all), eating at strange times, in an often bland setting can lead to a mediocre dining experience. We approached Nirvana Kitchen with trepidation, but there was no need – a warm atmosphere beckoned us in from a drizzly evening, staff ushering us to a table among dozens of guests.

On fervent recommendation of our waiter, we began with duck watermelon salad – a wonderful combination of Mandarin, pomegranate, basil, coriander, cashew and hoisin sauce.

Other options include lamb sliders, crispy calamari and wasabi prawns, but we loved our choice – worlds away from the greasy fried duck served in Chinese takeaways.

STAR DISH: The creamy lobster curry, presented with a flourish in a hollow coconut, with fresh coconut water and tangy yellow curry sauce. Even better were the wafer-thin, buttery rotis served to mop up the sauce.

Despite protestations that we were too full for dessert, we were happily persuaded to sample the mochi – a sweet Japanese dessert made up of pounded sticky rice and ice cream, in three pleasing flavours. A sweet end to a sophisticated meal, topped off with a glass of fizz.

DETAILS:  / Nirvana Kitchen, 61 Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7PP

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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