Whilst I love Marylebone, it's not an area I make it to as often as I'd like. My reason is simply logistical: it's not the easiest to reach for an East London dweller who happens to despise the Central Line (and will avoid it at all costs). But occasionally, I make the exception when it's worth the trek and my next restaurant recommendation that I'm sharing with you, is most definitely worth it.
Lurra on Marylebone's foodie destination, Seymour Place, draws influence from the traditional charcoal and wood grills found all over the Basque Country. Lurra means "land" in Basque which lends itself nicely to the menu which serves authentic, well sourced produce (predominantly made up of meat and fish). The restaurant is owned by Melody Adams and Nemanja Borjanovik - a lovely couple who have really made Seymour Place their home (they also own sister restaurant Donostia which is quite literally opposite). Whilst not a new hot opening (the restaurant opened in 2015), I would really recommend you bookmark this page. We enjoyed a truly delicious meal from start to finish, I couldn't fault any of the many dishes we tried and the cocktails we sampled went down a refreshing treat on a particularly roasting summer's afternoon. My favourite dish was quite possibly the pork (cochifrito) but that was closely followed by the prawns which only lost out to first place because of my inability to de-head them in an effective and ladylike way...
No matter where you sit in Lurra, you'll find yourself in a pretty spot. There's a secluded courtyard to enjoy things al fresco, a beautiful upstairs private dining room that's perfect for events, a main restaurant that looks as though you could be in someone's very chic home, stools curving round the bar to enjoy an unrestricted view of the kitchen or a scattering of tables near the front which are perfect for people watching on Seymour Place. The place ticks off many of the aesthetic pre-requisites too: marble tables, natural light and a muted colour scheme throughout. There's no denying this place is pretty so a winner for anyone looking to impress.
What we drank:
Martorri - Hendricks, elderflower, lime juice, coriander and cucumber
Hendricks & Cucumber
What we ate:
To start - Sourdough with salted butter - Ibarra Peppers with sea salt - Jamon Iberico 3 years cured
Mains - Salted Cod with piperade - Palamos Prawns - Cochifrito with honey, moscatel and coriander - Grilled seasonal vegetables - Rosa and Raf tomato salad
To finish - Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with praline ice cream - off the menu Poached Peaches
Groups - Post-Oxford Street pick-me-up - Catch-ups - Special Occasions - Date Night
Need to know:
9 Seymour Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 5BA