My God, this place is bedazzling. Not just the sweeping entrance and stunning interiors, but the crowd, the food, the gliding staff. Sixtyone is next to The Montcalm Hotel so you’ll be in good company in this discreet Marylebone delight which serves exquisite food in fun, creative forms. It’s glamorous but warm, gilded yet welcoming. It’s away from the chaos of the West End yet slick enough to not feel too “neighbourhood.”
Constantly refreshed and revised by the über talented Arnaud Stevens, the menus focus heavily on food miles and sourcing from around the country. Portion sizes are ideal for dates so try one of the light Carpaccio’s to start, then indulge in their beautiful mains – the Beef Shoulder and Steamed Sea bass are both to die for. The desserts are artful so get one to ogle at, and then suggest the ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ to share. Do wines by the glass (the sommelier is fabulous and French) and absolutely move on to digestifs and dessert wines – if only because you want to linger a little longer.
There’s a Champagne bar (of course there is) so tell your date to meet you there and start off the evening as you mean to go on. Move to the table and take an interest in the menu. Forget about the fact that carbs are the devil and delve into the Marmite bread (break it in half and butter it for the other) – the Love or Hate debate makes an excellent ice breaker. Take your time over the meal, getting gradually seduced by your surroundings and the service. Stay after dinner, have your nightcap here. You’re “far” enough off the beaten track to warrant getting a taxi together from the doorstep. After that, it’s over to you.
It’s pricey, but oh so worth it.