Not sure about you, but the weather outside is making us long for the Mediterranean. The sun, the people and the delicious food. Well Delamina, Marylebone’s newest opening, can’t help with the sun, but the rest they’ve got in-hand.
Following a residency at Shoreditch House and making a success of their first restaurant, Strut & Cluck, husband and wife team Limor and Amir Chen are heading West to Marylebone Lane to open Delamina.
The design for this 80-seat restaurant is inspired by the founders’ love of organic materials, found objects and an urge to collect. Interspersed with greenery and family photos, visitors will have the distinct impression they’ve just walked right into the Chen family home! Expect constant reminders of their Mediterranean heritage in the colours and materials and, of course, the food.
Inspired by Limor’s Israeli, Iranian and Russian roots, as well as her father, himself a passionate cook, the food heavily draws on the herbs and spices of the Eastern Med, with an emphasis on healthy eating. Dishes will include deboned poussin, glazed with ras-el-hanout and honey, then charcoal grilled and served with roasted sweet potato and Limor’s chermoula-glazed cod on a warm salad of Israeli cous cous, artichokes and wild za’atar, served with yoghurt.
The wine list is billed as ‘eclectic’, with a mix of Israeli and Lebanese vintages, while the house cocktails will continue the herb and spice themes brought out in the cooking, making them the perfect accompaniment.
It’s not hopping on an easyJet to Tel Aviv or a week spent exploring Jordan, but a visit to Delamina promises to be a lot cheaper and, culinarily speaking, maybe just as rewarding.
Delamina: Opens next month at 56-58 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2NX www.delaminamarylebone.co.uk