Tapas-inspired feast at Carousel

We are big fans of Moro so when we heard that their alumnus Ollie Templeton had taken up residency at Marylebone pop-up space Carousel during May, we knew we had to give it a whirl. Diners eat at long, communal tables at Carousel, making this an ideal place for a birthday party. The cooking is simple and many dishes (although not all) have Andalusian influences. A starter of cuttlefish with wet rice, preserved lemon and aioli was a big hit, as was the duck ham served with pickled chicory. Mains are on the hearty side, including confit pork belly, or (for vegetarians) huge white asparagus spears – supplied by Natoora. Both options were served with cannellini beans.

You’ll need to book tickets in advance (£35 for a four course dinner), which means, joy of joys, that you’ll only be paying for alcohol on the night, rather than haggling over whether you had a starter or not. Tickets are selling fast so you’ll need to be quick to nab one for Ollie’s May residency. We’re tempted, quite frankly, to book for June too, when Leandro Carreira (formerly of Michelin-starred Viajante) will be taking up residency at Carousel.

When:
ends Sunday 30 May
Where:
Carousel 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB
Price:
£35 for 4 course dinner, excluding drinks
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— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
13th May 2015