While the definition of ‘Mediterranean’ continues to be debated—one recent list even saw parts of Albania included—one thing is for sure; the cuisine along this picturesque and idyllic coast represents all that is good about love, life and eating. Said to be the diet to lengthen your life span, Mediterranean food comes in a vast array of colors and flavors and in a variety of cuisines. Marie Teather seeks out the five best in London.
1 Pavone at Molton House
Pavone is an impressive addition to Mayfairs fine dining scene. Launched by restaurant entrepreneur Fabrizoio Cacace, the menu delivers freshly prepared Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist. Expect to eat taglietelle truffle pasta, squid and scallops served with black rice and rocket salad, and a traditional homemade tiramisu in these swish surroundings.
43 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5RS
020 7493 1688
2 Nicole’s Restaurant and Bar
Part of the London flagship store from renowned designer Nicole Farhi, Nicole’s Restaurant and Bar in plush Mayfair is a split-level dinner in contemporary an minimalist design. Modern Mediterranean dishes such as clams with Spanish chickpea stew or aubergine compote will sophistically spark thoughts of terracotta-roofed villas and warmer climates.
158 New Bond St London W1S 2UB
020 7499 8408
Lemonia is a popular eatery amongst the Primrose Hill set. You can enjoy a glass of wine in their botanical garden conservatory while enjoying a selection of their Greek-Cypriot inspired dishes. The best way to tackle the menu is to share one of the chef’s traditional mezzes. Away from the charcoal grill is also a haven for vegetarians with temptations including black-eyed beans cooked with fresh spinach, olive oil and lemon juice.
Terra is a unique Mediterranean restaurant introducing a variety of authentic dishes from Spain, Italy, Greece and Italy all freshly made in the premises. Terra does not try to reinvent the wheel and sticks to traditional and home cooked fare such as chicken and haloumi skewers, seafood risotto, and linguine Palermo.
53 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 4JJ,
020 7580 7608
5 West Fifty Five
Located on Baker Street, West 55 serves up a fresh and funky tapas menu. It has an excellent range of delicious homemade pastries, cakes and fresh bread, all which can be washed down with some of best coffee in London. Away from the patisserie there is an extensive menu of Spanish and Italian courses with an emphasis on seafood.