Blandford Street has become anything but bland.
It’s like Marylebone’s own Mary Poppins bag of great restaurants, loaded with places like Jikoni, Clarette, and Trishna which – oh wait, it’s pulling out Purl too – are all fantastic in their own right. And they’ve just been joined by yet another pearl in the form of Bellazul.
It’s a new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant headed up by chef Simone Serafini, who previously commanded the stoves at Cecconi’s, and the hyper-secretive, celebrity-magnet private members club 5 Hertford Street. Which means he’s cooked for Harry Styles, Margot Robbie, George Clooney, and now quite possibly you.
Here, he’s moved into a fairly sizeable two-floor space that used to be a strictly Italian wine bar, and installed a cocktail bar & dining area upstairs and a restaurant space downstairs. Starting with the latter, you can expect a seasonally changing lineup of dishes from across the Med, kicking off with the likes of lobster spaghetti, Moroccan lamb tagine and a simple grilled salmon salad with quail eggs & green beans.
Upstairs in the cocktail bar (named Azul) you’ll be able to get yourself a Retro@43 (mixing bourbon, clarified milk punch, smoked vanilla syrup and orange bitters) or one of their signature Bellazul Martinis, made with basil & tomato water, burnt garlic, homemade curacao syrup, and – get this – focaccia infused gin.
Nothing bland about that, either.
NOTE: Bellazul is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
Bellazul | 43 Blandford Street, W1U 7HF
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