I had been reading about Lurra, the new sister restaurant to Donostia, located across the street in Marylebone and we booked it to go with our friends Paul and Chris who had been away for the summer.
We started with cocktails at Seymour Parlour (http://www.thezettertownhouse.com/marylebone/bar), the new bar inside the recently opened Zetter Hotel in Marylebone. The bar is cosy and charming with a bit of an antique/old-school décor and the cocktails are reasonably priced (£9.5-£10.5 which compares well to other spots in the area). Some pictures at the bottom of the review…
Lurra was a quick two blocks walk away, so it worked perfectly. The space is modern, clean and cute and it’s much bigger than Donostia. The restaurant is split into several different spaces with different vibes. There are a few tables upfront, then a bar area with seats and the dining room. They also have a space upstairs that would be perfect for a large group dinner.
What we ate:
Blistered Gernika peppers with sea salt: despite having a very similar nibble the previous day at Kensington Wine Rooms, we ordered it as one can’t overdose on tasty grilled padron peppers. These ones were perfectly charred, salty and tasty.
Bread with bone marrow: my friend Paul got excited when he spotted this on the menu. The marrow came bubbling hot to the table but sadly my picture doesn’t do it justice. The bread could have been more toasted and the boys devoured all the steaming bubbly marrow while Chris and I ate the peppers and a nibble of the marrow.
Courgette flowers stuffed with cod brandada: interesting twist on the traditional fried courgette flowers as they were filled with a cod mousse. It sounded odd but worked very well – the mousse was extremely light and the courgette flowers were fried in a light batter that left them crispy but not too oily.
Squid stuffed with prawns & chorizo with squid ink sauce: this was our favourite dish despite the squid reminding all of us of a condom in its appearance. But the squid was perfectly cooked and the prawn and chorizo stuffing was very flavoursome and rich. We could have used a tiny bit more squid ink around the plate, as it was there purely as a decorative element despite being called a sauce.
Grilled octopus with piquillo sauce: this dish was gorgeous and even Chris, who never photographs food, snapped some pictures. Sadly it was stunning but slimy and we would have preferred it more charred and grilled.
14 year Rubia Gallega “Galician Blond” Prime Rib: I had read that they purchase their Galician beef from the same supplier used by Kitty Fisher’s where we were blown away by the Galician beef. We walked into Lurra through a cloud of hypnotizing tasty grilled meat smell and had to order it. Our steak was enough to share and for £65 was a better deal than at Kitty Fisher. I am torn between the two – the one at Kitty Fisher’s (£85) was more marbled and cut thinner and this one had big chunks of fat around the plate and between the slices that were not as appealing but it was juicy and extremely tasty. Both were excellent.
Fries with smoked paprika & aioli: these were just basic and not exciting. They could have been crispier and more interesting.
Grilled mixed vegetables: good variety of veggies with tomatoes, artichokes, baby aubergine, scallions, carrots and a few others. Well executed and tasty.
The dessert list is very elementary with some Basque cheeses, a yoghurt option that seemed like it would work better at breakfast, a molten cake and some ice cream.
The three cheeses were good and the blue was the best. It is served with walnuts and a nut cracker which is a cute touch.
Molten cake: served with a berry ice cream. It was served in a ceramic cup and made the presentation a bit more unique than the usual one and it was nice but not unique. We ordered some walnut ice cream on the side. It is made in-house and was the best dessert, creamy and with a very pure nutty taste.
In sum: tasty food, cute space and a good option for a nice dinner with friends. I wish the octopus was tastier and their dessert list more interesting and then I would rush back. But to be fair, it just opened and will likely just get better with time. They for example had run out of two dishes, the monkfish and the lamb but we were lucky our waiter saved us an order of the Galician beef as they were about to run out of it too…
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