Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone must be one of the hottest places to go in London right now with everyone from David Cameron to David Beckham paying a visit. I went on a Monday evening to the former fire station in Marylebone, as a special treat for my birthday, and every seat was fully booked. On arrival you are met by the door men and escorted through a pretty outside courtyard into the restaurant. The mix of people was mainly made up of what looked to be business men dining out on expenses, probably from the banking sector. There was also a few glamorous tables where the guests had put on their finest sparkly outfits for the occasion. Everyone was people watching.
After a gin and tonic to start we got some ‘snacks’ which could have been the highlight of the meal for me. The bacon and maple cornbread was just amazing, the taste and the texture where both so unusual and moreish. As was the sweet potato puree which we ordered as a side with the main, I could have eaten the whole pot to myself. What was funny about the meal was that the portions were all quite modest but by half way through the main, I was absolutely stuffed! We ended up not finishing our meals entirely which felt like such a shame (and this wasn’t the type of place where you asked for a doggy-bag!).
On the way out I noticed that outside in the courtyard one of the staff looks after an open stall full of oysters and other seafood which I assume is served in the restaurant – it didn’t look like he was selling it directly, but it made for a really nice effect.
It was such a privilege to have dinner at Chiltern Firehouse. The restaurant was beautiful and the food unusual and delicious, of course I’d go back again in a heartbeat.