With the sun shining over Marylebone on a Saturday morning, we decided lunch sat outside one of Marylebone’s newest openings was in order.
Lurra can be found in Marylebone’s Portman Village, tucked away behind Marble Arch and right across the street from its sister restaurant that has become well known for it’s Basque tapas – Donostia. Whilst recent opening Lurra also follows the Basque theme, it describes itself more as a Basque grill – taking its influence from the traditional charcoal and wood grills (Erretegias) found all over the Basque Country.
The light and airy new restaurant feels clean and modern – expect lots of white, marble and some fur to keep you warm when it gets cold outside. Lurra has a main dining area, whilst guests can also choose to eat at the bar – there is apparently also a courtyard that we didn’t get a chance to see. Co-owners Melody Adams and Nemanja Borjanovic have executive chef Damian Surowiec in the kitchen, previously of Salt Yard and Barrafina – he will oversee both Donostia and Lurra now.
The food menu is simple but impressive, with the two large sharing plates arguably sitting centre stage – one being a 14 year prime rib, the other a whole grilled Talbot. In the interest of keeping things light we went down the smaller plates route, starting with a courgette flower stuffed with a cod brandada – a dish that tasted as good as it looked.
Being in a seafood mood. we chose all three dishes from the menu’s ‘fish’ section with some grilled peppers on the side. The monkfish was tender and fantastically simple in a garlic and moscatel sauce, the squid stuffed with prawns and chorizo won our best taste award, whilst we had passers by literally stopping by our table to admire the impressive sight of the grilled octopus. Presentation had to be acknowledged throughout our meal at Lurra.
Opening a restaurant like Lurra in the knowledge that it will always be judged in comparison to predecessor and sister restaurant Donostia is no mean feat – but one that has been well accomplished in this case. Lurra certainly sits on our recommended list and only adds to the fantastic range of food anyone passing through Marylebone is fortunate enough to have at their finger tips.
9 Seymour Place
Nearest tube: Marble Arch
Phone: 0207 724 4545