Meal at Marcus Wareing at The Berkley

Meal at Marcus Wareing at The Berkley

at Marcus on 15 January 2012
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Another chance for me to sample the highest tasting menu on a Birthday celebration.  As previously mentioned the venue is perfect for this sort of occasion, albeit one needs to mind their volume at the table, and the food was undeniably pleasing again.  The photos will speak for themselves however particular favourites were the foie gras cracker amuse bouches and the pineapple pastry dessert I should have gone for, which my brother recommended but I stupidly didn’t go for in order to get more creations on the table, resulting in him ending up with the far better dessert.

The only down side of this visit is that I think I actually preferred all the amuse bouche and in between course surprises more than the actual main dishes(!).  However, it was another class act in terms of the food and I now need to get back there as soon as possible in order to experience the new design and feel of the newly unveiled Marcus.  I sense Mr Wareing is probably more at ease with himself and his approach (that he wishes to provide) to the overall dining experience now and this can only be a good thing.  Ceasing to firecely chase the dream of a third star and be more relaxed in his approach may well be the thing that gains him that one day but that is only a thought from myself.  I look forward to seeing if there is any likewise enhancement in the dishes served at Marcus when I next go.

The only down side of this visit is that I think I actually preferred all the amuse bouche and in between course surprises more than the actual main dishes(!).  However, it was another class act in terms of the food and I now need to get back there as soon as possible in order to experience the new design and feel of the newly unveiled Marcus.  I sense Mr Wareing is probably more at ease with himself and his approach (that he wishes to provide) to the overall dining experience now and this can only be a good thing.  Ceasing to firecely chase the dream of a third star and be more relaxed in his approach may well be the thing that gains him that one day but that is only a thought from myself.  I look forward to seeing if there is any likewise enhancement in the dishes served at Marcus when I next go.

Apart from that previous downer (plus being overcharged £130 for the on the first visit – quickly u-turned naturally after we spotted it), this set menu lunch was extremely good.  The price is a little more than one would pay in other London restaurants (£50 set menu lunch), but at 2 Michelin level with numerous pleasant extras guaranteed owing to its class and the special nature of the venue this would seem acceptable.  The value for money is enhanced when one receives the finely cooked ingredients in a subtle and elegant presentation and particular highlights were actually the caramel butter to go with the bread selection and the finger and dipping bisque which was a deep fried pea finger in batter and very enjoyable.  This is a special venue, without any argument and would recommend for any excuse to get dressed up and indulge in excellence.

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8 / 10

Deep fried prawn amuse bouche

Foie gras amuse bouche

Potato and seafood amuse bouche

Caramel butter

Another quality occasion

Cheese foam

Foie gras

Garden selection

Crab

Truffle pasta

Mackerel

Squid

Vegetable selection

Lamb

Pre-dessert

Chocloate and almond cake

Pineapple crisps

Petit fours

Amuse bouche (1)

Amuse bouche (2)

Caramel butter

Pea and chip foam

Vegetable selection

Mackerel

Pre-dessert

Custard cake

Compliments of the kitchen

Strawberries and chocolate powder

Petits fours