Les 110 de Taillevent is impressive before you even step inside. Occupying a beautiful building in Marylebone’s Cavendish Square, the facade opens up into a spacious interior, with extra high ceilings and glamorous bar towards the back of the restaurant.
With its name being a reference to the extensive collection of wines available, the originally Parisian restaurant that has seen the likes of Brad Pitt and Vladimir Putin as its guests has been open in London since October 2015.
A quick look at the menu and you will soon get to see first hand how many wines are on offer by the glass. But don’t be overwhelmed – working your way down the menu, run your finger horizontally to each side and you will find a recommended wine suggestion to accompany every course on the menu. In addition to the intuitive menu the restaurant’s UK managing director, Nicola Munari, was on hand to make recommendations and he was of the most impressive hosts we have had the pleasure of coming across at a Marylebone restaurant for a while, with his passion and knowledge for food and wine making him a great asset to Les 110 de Taillevent.
After enjoying a glass of Laurent Perrier to start, the food we enjoyed throughout the evening was nothing short of brilliant, and the wine recommendations to accompany each course perfectly complimenting our choices.
Between myself and my company for the evening we enjoyed the cornish crab with remoulade, dill and fennel, a pea veloute with radish, baby gem, pea ice cream and mint, and lastly the wild sea bass à la plancha served with green asparagus, shellfish and pasta bucatinni. We would order all of these dishes again in a flash, with the 2013 glass of Ajaccio ‘Grannit’ from the Domaine de Vaccelli in Corsica being a particular favourite from the glasses of wine we enjoyed.
Despite not having ordered it, we were asked how we felt about trying some lobster in between our start and our main. I imagine this is an offer very few have ever turned down. Soon afterwards, a spelt lobster risotto in a lobster bisque arrived, and was explained as being the winner of the Best in Taste category at the Taste of London. We both looked at each other with joy after tasting, with it being an obvious choice for the award. This dish was certainly one of the highlights of the evening.
Having worked our way through a number of glasses of wine throughout the courses and not looking forward to a 6am alarm for work the next morning, we politely declined anything to accompany dessert but were told we couldn’t possibly miss out on a particular sparkling Italian white wine – how right they were. The glass of G D Vajra 2015 Moscato d’Asti we enjoyed was (fortunately) low in alcohol at 5.5%, sweet without being sickly and with a gentle sparkle, making it the perfect refreshing accompaniment to our desserts – one rich and tasty chocolate plate with whipped cream, chocolate sablé and chocolate ice cream, and one banana served with maple syrup, walnuts, vanilla and caramel ice cream. What an end to the evening.
Les 110 de Taillevent is a great location for a number of occasions, with the main brasserie, al fresco terrace and a private dining room available for hire. Excellent food, a great selection of wines and top class service – we certainly recommend a visit.
Les 110 de Taillevent
16 Cavendish Square
Phone: 020 3141 6016
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus