The Northern European diet is just what the doctor ordered for a new year detox so it’s a good job that new Baltic restaurant, Verru is opening this month on London’s fashionable Marylebone Lane. The establishment marks the first independent venture for executive chef and owner, Andrei Lesment who has cut his teeth in a medley of restaurants worldwide including Pied à Terre and Maze in London.

Inspired by his Estonian roots, Lesment has created a menu that merges Baltic and Scandinavian flavours in innovative style. His dishes will include Pan fried red mullet, hop shoots, speck, forest mushrooms and beer; Cocotte of autumn mushrooms, spatzle, lettuce and pea shoots and then Salad of roast beetroot, goat’s cheese curd, cep brioche and salt-roasted grilled pears.

Check out the deliciously reasonable set lunch menu (£14.95 for two courses and £16.95 for three), which features Agnolotti of braised partridge, ceps, brown onion and sage and Grilled rib of grass fed beef, spruce roast shallot, dauphinoise and peppercorn sauce. Desserts will range from that delicious winter warmer, Custard tart with sultanas and macadamia nuts to refreshing Elderflower cheesecake with poached rhubarb.

With just 26 covers, Verru is small but perfectly formed and simple interior design by designLSM (behind designed La Chapelle and Paramount) sees pale oak offset by exposed brick walls, distressed glass and crackling glazed panels. Clever use of mirrors really opens up the space.

The wine offering hails from France and includes Muscadet, Sur Lie, Domaine Le Fay d'Homme, Loire 2008 but a great selection of malt whiskies is sure to please Marylebone’s more hardcore element!

Opening January 2011

www.verru.co.uk

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