Lanes of London
An ode to the multicultural melting pot that is London, this new Mayfair establishment, concealed (almost convincingly) within the Marriott Hotel, draws its inspiration from London’s most prominent street food haunts. Abandoning the pavement, greaseproof paper and street-side grime in favour of stylish leather furnishings, lots of marble and low low lighting, The Lanes of London delivers dishes from India (Brick Lane), Vietnam (Kingsland Road), Lebanon (Edgware Road) and good old British classics (Portobello Road) in a somewhat sanitised culinary world tour. Executive Head Chef, Anshu Anghotra’s menu delivers a bit of a mixed bag, but on the whole the food here is exceptionally good. Standout dishes include the refreshing Roi Du Du (a Vietnamese green papaya salad), the deliciously spicy Samosa Chat (vegetable samosas with chickpeas and pomegranate) and the Beef Brisket Sliders, served with bone marrow and horseradish cream. But it’s the lychee sorbet that’s been haunting our dreams…that and the impressive array of innovative cocktails dreamed up by mixologist Francesco Turrini. Might we recommend the Brick Lane Bruv?