When it comes to London’s best areas to eat, the choice is obvious: Soho, the East End and … Marble Arch. While Marble Arch might be better known for its collection of souvenir shops, in recent years the neighbourhood around it has become a hotbed for some of the city’s newest and most exciting restaurants, including Sixtyone.
Tucked away on a quiet Marylebone street, Sixtyone is a lesson in understated elegance. The bright and spacious dining room is kitted out in rich, inviting colours with glossy gilded accents, the perfect backdrop to an equally sophisticated menu. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing as locally as any central London restaurant can, and the menu proudly sings the praises of the kitchen’s suppliers – wild mushrooms from Ashdown Forest, the Rhug Estate’s Welsh lamb and shellfish from Portland in Dorset, among others.
As for the food itself, chef Arnaud Stevens has conjured up a menu that’s both classically French but still manages to deliver surprises. A starter of cauliflower soup, slow-cooked duck egg and truffle oil was indulgent and full of flavour, while slow-cooked rabbit with pistachio and romaine lettuce was a delicious way to serve an often overlooked meat. Braised beef shoulder with onion emulsion and sea vegetables was the most memorable main course, perfectly cooked and well balanced. As for pudding, the chocolate fondant with praline was so perfectly executed it put a stop to all conversation in the best possible way.
The wine collection is extensive and noteworthy, which isn’t surprising when you learn that the restaurant is named after the year 1961 – a particularly good one for wine. The cocktail list is just as impressive: try Sixtyone’s signature cocktail, an inspired blend of London dry gin, lemon vinegar, egg yolk, manuka honey, raspberry and Earl Grey tea.
Sixtyone, 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP, +44 (0)20 7958 3222