The Providores and Tapa Room, Marylebone
Marylebone High Street is a lovely place to mooch about, people watch and shop. It’s also home to some of London’s loveliest restaurants but it doesn’t feel the need to shout about it. The Providores and Tapa Room is a London institution for any self-respecting breakfast or brunch fan, especially if you hail from the Antipodes and can’t live without your coffee but it’s a modest space, not glitzy and focuses on keeping the quality coming and customers happy. Upstairs is the fine dining room known as The Providores and downstairs is the Tapa Room, a more chilled out space and fusion cafe. On weekends, it is buzzy and so alive and the perfect spot for a coffee or brunch date.
You will want to order everything on the menu. Light, fresh options sit next to more sumptuous options so everybody is catered for. Coffee, a Bloody Mary, fresh OJ. Moving on to French toast stuffed with banana and pecans, fresh fruit salad and granola or the outstanding Turkish Eggs (get this: two poached eggs on whipped yoghurt with hot chilli butter served with sourdough or granary toast – I was thinking about it for the next WEEK.) Dinner is just as exciting with options such as Lobster and smoked coconut laksa served with a prawn and lemongrass dumpling and seared yellowfin tuna (papaya, cucumber, spring onion salad, shiitake mushroom, soba noodles, lime yuzu chilli dressing, toasted nori, sesame). Dont be a chump – ensure you have a reservation at any time of the day – just incase.
Resist the temptation to go out for those Friday night work drinks. No, you will want to be fully compos mentis for this brunch experience on a buzzing Saturday. Bring your A Game and dress to impress. Iron that shirt, go for the classiest dress you own. Reserve a table for two in the first floor dining room. Start with a refreshing juice or cocktail and then dive into your order. The Turkish Eggs should feature even if you share it, dipping crispy bread into the oozy egg topped with creamy whipped yoghurt and set alight by chilli butter will add a little sensuousness to proceedings. Round things off with a coffee and perhaps a sweet, if you’re enjoying the atmosphere and want to linger. Take your date’s hand as you leave the restaurant and suggest a wander around Daunt Books, just a few doors down, or a stroll in search of the nearest green space to lie in the grass.
I won’t hear a bad word said about this place. Firm favourite.
3. Although admittedly, one cannot help but feel frisky after sexy food like this.