I have been to Marmelo four or five times since its opening. I like that such a lovely restaurant exists in my neighbourhood. A bit adventurous, with great talent and the heart in the right place. And while I have enjoyed dining there and will certainly go back, it has not quite been faultless.
The table sharing and blackboard menu concept works well for the space, service is by super friendly if at times a tad clueless staff. The fare is seasonal with a changing menu. And with the right mix of interesting veggie options amongst the meats, I have surprised myself going all vegetarian despite being a staunch carnivore.
The portions are what I’d call ‘large size tapas’, as easily shared as eaten solo. Two are amply enough to satisfy one’s hunger. It is not cheap, at around £10 - £14 a plate but well worth it. Interesting combinations of ingredients make for creatively flavourful dishes. I have enjoyed seared beef, grilled red mullet, divinely silky mash and mussels that were all superbly cooked. On the downside, I had to return a unimpressively undercooked pheasant (or maybe guinea fowl) on my second visit. It was eventually replaced but only after the waitress condescendingly explained that it was not meant to be served ‘overdone’, while I was merely pointing out that the poor bird was still raw and dead cold!. We were given the wrong wine, which we agreed to keep as it was opened so promptly we had not had the chance to check the label. Not disappointed but more expensive than we had originally chosen.
The wine list is extensive and varied but not necessarily great value.
Although I have yet to try it, I am told by reliable sources (husband and friends) that the Sunday roast is an absolute must (£15 and above).
All in all, Marmelo is a gem of a place in this part of London and it rightly deserves the recommendations it gets.
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