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The aptly named Carousel restaurant regularly welcomes new chefs into it’s kitchen on a weekly basis, meaning new food, wine and talent for diners to experience upon their return. Situated in Marylebone, the ‘creative hub’ welcomes new artistic flair, showcasing artists’ work in one of the five levels across their two buildings.

Revolving accessible ‘experiences’ are also on offer, complimenting the ever changing chef residencies, with activities ranging from yoga, calligraphy or even dumpling making classes with daily lunches available to follow from Carousel’s head chef Ollie Templeton. This restaurant offers much more than just great food.

The intimate space, seating around 25 covers brings a personable touch to the chilled vibe of the venue, the experience is made all the more charming with a short speech from the chef in residence before dining explaining what lies ahead. Enjoying an Aperol Spritz or a sweet gin cocktail tucked away in the outside courtyard before you are seated makes for the perfect start to a British summers evening.

We visited the restaurant’s current residency, ‘Food and Wine Pop-up’, on until the 29th of July, made up of Australian Duo: Mal Meiers – the chef responsible for the delectable dishes and Kate Christensen, the experienced sommelier. Currently on a European tour, the pair’s simple five course set menu (the smoked mackerel an optional addition course) brings beautifully simple food to life with vibrant flavours and exciting ingredients. For the wine, you can choose to match a different glass with each course or alternately choose just a few to savour throughout the meal.

The evening began with a rich and creamy home made butter with rustic bread followed by a dish of tomatoes, burrata and smoked lentil salt, bringing a sharp acidity to the dish that blended in seamlessly. The wines throughout the evening were perfectly paired by our sommelier, Kate, most notably amongst these was a 2016 dry white wine from the Margaret River in Australia- a wonderful addition to the burrata starter. The menu’s highlight was diced cubes of Longhorn rare beef, accompanied by shitake mushrooms and smoked mayo. This was presented with delicate purple flowers and a range of herbs, bringing diverse flavours, ingredients and presentation together effortlessly. The pork belly garnished with radishes and fennel was another highlight.

The relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant paired with the friendly staff and intimate feel all catered for the perfect evening out for couples or groups who have a passion for good food, wine and company. Upcoming residencies include Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori who offers precision and technique in his Nordic-influenced dishes from the 1st to the 5th of August.

 

You can experience Mal and Kates four course set menu at Carousel for £37.50 Tuesday – Saturday until July 29. www.carousel-london.com

Words by Miranda Bunnis
www.mkbunnis95.wixsite.com/mirandabunnis

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