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So there isn’t actually a revolving door but the concept at Carousel in Marylebone is unique – A different resident Chef every time you visit for dinner from top restaurants worldwide. It’s also a multi purpose creative space where you can enjoy everything from art exhibitions, life drawing classes through to dumpling making.

The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. An open plan kitchen lets you see the chefs hard at work from long candle lit tables. The format is simple for all residencies - one sitting with guests arriving at 7pm and dinner at 7.30pm. It reminded me of the early London supper clubs where we’re all in it together and god forbid, you may actually make eye contact or talk to the stranger sitting nearby! And there is a lot to talk about at Carousel – from eclectic cocktails, well thought out wine list through to their moreish home made complimentary sourdough bread.  

This unique format keeps everyone on their toes and you can feel passion oozing from the small, friendly team of staff who are well drilled about the feast to come. The residency we enjoyed was Restaurant C from Amsterdam. C for Celsius, chef Arnout van der Kolk treated us to precision cooking at its finest. 

A four course feast (priced at £39.50 plus service) was split into different sections, from -20°C up to 200°C, giving us an appreciation of how small variations in temperatures can strongly affect taste. Our favourite was the delicately cured mackerel with a crab salad. A red curry and buttlermilk vinaigrette worked seamlessly with the fish. Cucumber and crispy rice added a layer of texture to this carefully composed plate. Special mention must also go to the tender piece of lamb cooked for 90 minutes at 57°c. 


Cocktails are original and expertly made by Meurig at the bar. By all means have your favourite classics but the Carousel cocktail list is very much worth an in depth look. For something punchy and long, try Pedro’s Pickled Paloma – a heady mix of tequila, charred grapefruit shrub, lime and a mezcal float. Don’t leave without having their take on the espresso martini. 

As well as cocktails, every single residency has a drinks pairing option to go with every dish. We missed out on a sake pairing the week before (another reason to go back!) but tonight there was a carefully curated wine pairing with each course for £28. 


If lunch is more your thing, a seasonal menu (available Tuesday-Saturday) can be enjoyed inside or in the garden. Think snacks, colourful small plates, homemade pastas and more. 

Carousel is literally ‘a moving feast’ - a totally different restaurant each time you go back keeps everything fresh. If you want to taste the best of talented Chefs from around the globe without leaving London, Carousel ticks this box and much more. Future residencies are below with a lot more to come:

14-18 August: Le Grand Bain

21-25 August: Rafael Cagali 

28 August – 1 September: Err Restaurant Bangkok 

4-15 September – Suhyung Lee

For more information and sample menus, visit http://www.carousel-london.com


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