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24/08/21


JOY

Last summer, in the midst of a difficult year, Stevie Parle brought Joy to Portobello.

And now, he’s going to bring it to Marylebone too.

The man himself is a culinary bastion of the city: he’s behind hits like Palatino, Pastaio and Craft London, as well as the brilliant Dock Kitchen, the site of which he reincarnated last year as Joy.

The al fresco pop-up was a harmonious hybrid of restaurant, bee-farm, and occasional jazz bar, serving a daily-changing menu of Anglo-Italian fare alongside a shop selling gourmet goods from the very same suppliers. Adding to the romantic canal-side setting was a cluster of literally thousands of blooms redirected from the cancelled Chelsea Flower Show. Thank goodness somebody thought of the dahlias.

It was buzzy, innovative and extremely popular – so it’s unsurprising that JOY is back for another round, this time indoors in a simple shop space in Marylebone. During the day, it operates as just that: a jungle of (more indoor-friendly) ferns, palms and cacti as well as the pantry store, where you can pick up your weekly shop of kefir and CBD oils.

But it also moonlights as a restaurant.

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On Thursday evenings Stevie and chef Vincenzo host intimate supper clubs for a small crowd of 30, where – nestled among that tangle of leaves – you can dine on one-off, specially-devised menus put together with whatever’s fresh and good that week. It’s all sourced with care, keeping seasonality and sustainability in mind – some of the veg comes from Stevie’s own garden, and the burrata’s from Acton.

For more casual dining, they also serve a more relaxed café-style menu during the day, which recently included dishes like aubergine caponata, and sherry-cooked clams with guanciale and chickpeas… but next week could include something completely different.

That’s the joy of it all.

 

NOTE: Joy is open daily, 10am-7pm, and doesn’t take bookings for daytime dining. You can find out more, and book tickets (£65pp) for the Thursday supperclub HERE.

JOY | 94 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RG


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94 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 4RG
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