Jason Allen 03/05/22
Allow us to introduce to you Adriana Cavita.
She was born & raised in Mexico City and has spent the last decade & a half honing her craft at some of the best restaurants on earth, including El Bulli (three Michelin Stars), Pujol (currently 12th on the World’s 50 Best list), and Aska (two Michelin Stars).
And now she’s cut the ribbon on her first solo restaurant.
It’s called Cavita, and you’ll find it in the base of a rather striking Marylebone townhouse. Inside it’s got a rustic, traditional feel with exposed, roughly textured clay & brick walls, plenty of greenery and a bright smattering of colourful textiles all balanced out with some modern geometric lighting dangling overhead.
The food kicks off with a raw bar for mooli & pomegranate ceviche, and aguachile rojo with king fish & grasshopper salt. Then there are smoked mushroom tetelas (stuffed, triangular pockets from Oaxaca) and tacos loaded with the likes of slow-cooked smoked, beef shin and crispy masa tempura Baja-style fish. And the capper is the lineup of sharing dishes (which come served with plenty of tortillas & rice) including a whole sea bream cooked inside banana leaves with warm axiote marinade or a wood-grilled, herb-fed chicken with a vibrant green mole and some coal-roasted veggies.
Head downstairs and you’ll find another pleasing little authentic detail: a basement mezcaleria. It’s called Mayahuel, and it has a whole ton of agave hooch ready to go into either cocktails or shot glasses. They’re taking it quite seriously as a standalone bar, and it’s got its own separate entrance and its own separate menu too. Expect tuna tostadas or toasted corn with bone marrow to befriend your marg.
And the best bit? Adriana Cavita herself regularly captains a chef’s table, where she personally cooks up feasts for the guests.
Although she probably needs no introduction.
NOTE: Cavita opened on 21st May 2022. You can make a booking, and find out more, HERE.
Cavita | 60 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2RZ
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60 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2RZ
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