Another branch of Carmel fits anywhere – but Fitzrovia is a particularly good shout.
If you haven’t found yourself up in Queen’s Park while hungry & in need of a good date spot recently, then you understandably may not have been to the original. But rest assured, it’s excellent. It comes to us from the team behind the also-excellent Berber & Q, made up of chef Josh Katz and his brother Paul, along with wine-shaman Mattia Bianchi.
And as lovely as their place in North London is… it’s also quite small, with just one huge communal table taking up the bulk of the space. In Fitzrovia, the plans are to create a far larger 95-seater beast, plonking it in the quite little pseudo-piazza that is Market Place just off Oxford Street. Inside, it’s going to have an huge open kitchen overlooking scattered tables, banquettes, counter seats, and even a plant-stuffed ‘green room’ at the back.
That open kitchen will be the domain of one Jeremey Borrow, the former head chef at The Palomar. He’s helped them put together a Middle Eastern & Mediterranean menu that stretches from fresh pasta (including the likes of ricotta agnolotti with confit tomato, wild oregano and lemon butter), to flatbreads (loaded with lamb prosciutto with guindilla, anchovy and chilli butter), and some sizeable hanger steaks with bone marrow, burnt onion, and sour cherry molasses.
The booze that’s set to match up with all this ballast is being handled by Mattia Bianchi, who’s put together a global wine list that leans a little towards the Middle Eastern regions – but there’s also going to be a cocktail bar too, slinging the likes of a negroni with dried lime, sage and rose.
And that will fit nicely anywhere.
NOTE: Carmel Fitzrovia is set to open this spring. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right here.
Carmel Fitzrovia | 7-8 Market Place, London W1W 8AG
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