Chiltern Firehouse restaurant reviews
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Address: 1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7073 7676

Nuno Mendes (of Viajante fame) is the Executive Head Chef at Andre Balazs’ Chiltern Firehouse Hotel in Marylebone.

Latest reviews of Chiltern Firehouse

PickyGlutton

The Picky Glutton, pickyglutton.com

6 September 2014

My medallions of iberico pork may have been chargrilled, but only just enough to sear the crust. The interior of the meat was quiveringly pink and tender with a subtle woody sweetness. It was accompanied by wrinkly, salty greens and small cloves of tender, but tasteless garlic. The Chiltern Firehouse can never live up to the celeb-fuelled hype that has surrounded it, but its dishes were for the most part surprisingly simple yet flavoursome…

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Matthew Norman, The Telegraph

27 June 2014

Of blackened salmon with cavalo nero, and roasted turbot with seaweed fregola and cucumber, nothing whatever need be said other than that both were so viciously oversalted that we were at grave risk of a stroke from touching the plates…

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Marina O'Loughlin, The Guardian

27 June 2014

[Mendes'] menu is touched with genius: conservative on the page, touched with flights of fancy on the plate, and served in artful, painterly portions so small that the slebs needn’t worry about carbs…

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Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

20 May 2014

There was all just so much… entertainment to be had. From the food, sure, but the theatrics extended to every inch of the place, the amiable staff, the interiors, and of course a clientele like no other I’ve ever seen. Chiltern Firehouse is a one-off, an incredible achievement on so many fronts…

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What the Critics say

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Matthew Norman, The Telegraph

27 June 2014

Of blackened salmon with cavalo nero, and roasted turbot with seaweed fregola and cucumber, nothing whatever need be said other than that both were so viciously oversalted that we were at grave risk of a stroke from touching the plates…

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Marina O'Loughlin, The Guardian

27 June 2014

[Mendes'] menu is touched with genius: conservative on the page, touched with flights of fancy on the plate, and served in artful, painterly portions so small that the slebs needn’t worry about carbs…

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Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

18 April 2014

I had a phenomenal monkfish, again with a smoky exterior, but quite a different, pine scent, enhancing the delicacy of the fish, rather than its fabled chewy meatiness. On the side, some barley had been boiled and some puffed, to give a delightful variety to the texture…

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Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

11 April 2014

While the chimichurri sauce smeared on the fillet of beef was tamer than the  Argentine original, this was still a combination that worked well. More  appealing, however, in terms of appearance and flavour, were two fillets of  turbot covered with ribbons of dark and pale-yellow heritage carrots with a red  carrot purée underneath…

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AA Gill, The Sunday Times

16 March 2014

It’s a very attractive, accomplished restaurant. The bar works well: it feels smart, friendly and chic. The food is a bit all over the place but it’s early days. The good stuff tastes really good, but it needs to relax, to be a bit more generous, to worry less about its plating and trust its ingredients…

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Tracey MacLeod, The Independent

15 March 2014

Steak tartare is served Japanese-style, the components prettily arranged like paints on an artist’s palette for self-assembly, with chipotle sauce to add heat…

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Grace Dent, Evening Standard

14 March 2014

We ate warm crab doughnuts — rapidly becoming a signature dish — and shared a chicken skin Caesar salad and a fresh salad of beets, leaves and orange. This is the — dare I say ‘wacky’ — Nuno Mendes on more of an orthodox playing field, although there is still playful weirdness present…

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Giles Coren, The Times

8 March 2014

You sit there with a wet martini in your hand (nobody is drinking dry any more), and maybe a plateful of perfect fried chicken, beautifully chopped steak tartare or chargrilled Ibérico pork chop (…) and you know, you simply know, that there is nowhere else in London, probably the world, where you ought to be…

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Fay Maschler, Evening Standard

26 February 2014

The kitchen’s artistry is apparent and tangible in fillets of rosy squab breast served with grains, chicory and a trio of redcurrants, and a Firehouse Caesar salad where Scandi appreciation of crisp chicken skin finds a new and commodious, shady home…

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Guy Dimond, Time Out

24 February 2014

Inventive, but not overplayed details are a theme here: a slick of smooth roasted aubergine purée with perfectly tender grilled octopus or a dense jus reduction with slow-roasted beef short ribs…

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What the Bloggers say

PickyGlutton

The Picky Glutton, pickyglutton.com

6 September 2014

My medallions of iberico pork may have been chargrilled, but only just enough to sear the crust. The interior of the meat was quiveringly pink and tender with a subtle woody sweetness. It was accompanied by wrinkly, salty greens and small cloves of tender, but tasteless garlic. The Chiltern Firehouse can never live up to the celeb-fuelled hype that has surrounded it, but its dishes were for the most part surprisingly simple yet flavoursome…

Read full review »
Cheese_and_Biscuits

Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

20 May 2014

There was all just so much… entertainment to be had. From the food, sure, but the theatrics extended to every inch of the place, the amiable staff, the interiors, and of course a clientele like no other I’ve ever seen. Chiltern Firehouse is a one-off, an incredible achievement on so many fronts…

Read full review »