Photography by Chris Osburn
108 Marylebone Lane has been around for about a year but, with a recent refurb and a new chef, we thought now would be a good time to pop in for a review. We're certainly glad we did. This tasteful restaurant, with its distinctive shop local philosophy (when possible 108 sources ingredients from nearby suppliers such as La Fromagerie, The Ginger Pig and Biggles Sausages) has much going for it - especially if you're in the mood for splashing out.
A bottle of Beaune 1er cru Louis Jadot, Burgundy (£60) was just the sort of January re-tox that Londonist sought on our gloomy Monday visit, and we're happy to report this choice of vino went down divinely with our dishes. For starters, a warm serving of pan fried Scottish mackerel fillet (with pickled beetroot, caper and shallot dressing for £6.50) and honey mustard glazed Suffolk pork belly (with black pudding and puy lentil sauce for £8.50) were inspired ways to commence our massive lunch. Onwards to the mains, we 'legged' it through a course of confit Gressingham duck leg (with caramelised chicory and orange, sweet potato puree for £15.50) and braised Cornish lamb shank (with pearl barley, root vegetables and rosemary sauce for £18.50). We were particularly impressed with the lamb, which all but melted in our grateful mouths. Sides of roasted winter vegetables with chestnuts (£4) and wild rocket with Grana Padano Parmesan (£3.50) certainly did not diminish our appreciation of this meal. For puds, warm Rococo chocolate brownie (with pistachio ice cream and rum caramelized banana for £6) and Pear William's in spiced red wine (with roasted figs and cinnamon mascarpone for £6) deliciously concluded our scrummy lunch.
In all, this was a rather decadent and pricey lunch. However, the mains were reasonably priced and ample; a more budget conscious visit would not have disappointed.
We'll let you figure out this restaurant's address. Visit www.108marylebonelane.com for more details.