Have you ever wandered down (or passed through) the streets of Marylebone and seen those restaurants that look like houses?
You know what I mean! Just off the beaten track and very discreet? The ones with a subtle sign and small menu pinned on an outside wall? The type of place you only know about if you know?
Well, to let you in on a little secret, Nirvana Kitchen is one of those places. A super swanky restaurant serving fine dining Pan-Asian cuisine. You may have walked past it and never known
Nirvana’s a sophisticated place. We’re talking a culinary journey from Japan to Thailand, Korea to India – all in one menu and all done in a very refined and clever way.
The tables are beautifully set, the waiters know the wine, and there is more than one set of cutlery on the table (always confusing). You know the type of place…
…and while all that sounds like it could be pretty expensive, three different menus means you can fill your belly on all budgets, all customers and all occasions. Just what we like.
As for food, well see for yourself.
First things first, expect everything to come out looking like a work of art. The menu begins with a range of smaller dishes as starters, or you could get a couple to share as a tapas style main.
Scallop ceviche, battered black cod (delish) and venison tataki (really tasty thin slices of yuzu soy venison)…
Duck watermelon salad (loving the sweet and savoury), and vegetable or soft shell crab tempura (loving the crunch)
As they say, you eat with your eyes first and there is certainly no expense spared on ANY of the courses.
For main, a lobster curry like you’ve never seen before.
Tamarind glazed Chilean sea bass with caramelised cashew ‘Gajak (a sweet mix of dry sesame seeds and nuts)
MELT IN YOUR MOUTH .. AND LOOK AT THE PRESENTATION.
A meaty dish of sweet beef bulgogi with purple potatoes…
…and lamb cutlets with wasabi roasted garlic sauce and edamame trufﬂe puree.
So, a small confession.
The Nyonya Chicken Coconut Curry has to be on the must eat list at Nirvana Kitchen. In fact, it’s so good that the photo was forgotten about and the stomach overruled everything. Put it will a flaky, buttery roti canai on the side to mop up the juices and you can’t go wrong.
YES, IT’S THAT GOOD.
Talking about good, we’re not even at desserts yet. This masterpiece is a berry and white chocolate mouse.
Then a chocolate molten cake with pistachio ice cream, and some japanese mochi with a shot of sake.
Let’s be frank, Nirvana is a considered purchase. Especially if you’re really going for gold and trying lots of dishes (yes this is the best way!) Small plates range from £9-£15 each and mains from £12 -£28 each. Another option is the 9 dish tasting menu for £65.
BUT … a cheeky tip for you. If you do want to go but you’re on a more modest budget, they do a 3 course express lunch for £20 or an early evening menu for £25.
How good is that?
If you go get the venison starter or black cod starter, chicken curry with roti main, and share a berry mouse. In a nutshell, Nirvana Kitchen’s a fancy but approachable venue. It’s got a classy atmosphere, serves top quality food and you’ll find flavour combos you’ll be hard to come across again.
Book here NOW. No pressure 😉
Address: 61 Upper Berkeley St, Marylebone, London W1H
Nearest Station: Marble Arch