If you’re headed to London, we’d like to recommend Delamina to you. Husband and wife team, Amir and Limor, are the attractive forces behind this informal and cozy Marylebone restaurant.
Limor is creative spark behind the menu, drawing on her eclectic heritage — she was born in Tel Aviv to a family of middle eastern and European origin — and inspired by her father, a passionate cook who exposed her to the exotic flavors, herbs and spices of the Mediterranean.
Limor’s recipes are influenced by her interest in healthy eating: grilling, roasting and using herbs and spices to celebrate the raw ingredients, including many vegetarian dishes. Her self-taught and intuitive approach results in dishes that are wholesome, nutritious and with a unique flavor combination.
Our waiter was attentive and professional; the menu was seductive: starters of goat cheese rolled in rose petals, smokey aubergine, grilled courgette with pine kernels, tabbouleh with cranberries and roasted almonds—it all looked and smelled wonderful.
A board listed daily specials but we were lured by the menu which offered grilled lamb chops with lentils, barberries and mint, poussin ras-el-hanout, spiced and glazed charcoal roasted salmon and so much more with dates, pomegranate, yogurt, nectarines, sunflower seeds, lemons and red peppers playing supporting flavor roles.
Having just landed after an international flight, we enjoyed a leisurely light brunch of Green Shakshuka–eggs with feta, leeks, caramelized onions and peas plus a number of small dishes that included tahini with rose harissa oil, hummus, Za’atar, and Labneh cheese made from yogurt. The pita breads were outstanding.
The food is accompanied by a carefully-curated drinks list that includes exciting wines from the Middle East, alongside house cocktails that incorporate the same aromatic ingredients used in the kitchen.
You can be sure of faultless organic integrity and genuine warm hospitality at Delamina. 56-58 Marylebone Lane, +020 3026 6810, https://delaminakitchen.co.uk/pages/marylebone