When I first told my mum, my company for the evening, that we were going to a restaurant called Ozz, she asked if we would be eating Australian food. The answer was, somewhat unsurprisingly, no.
Rather our visit to Marylebone’s Lisson Grove, otherwise famous for its Sea Shell fish & chip shop, was to experience ‘art-inspired modern French dining’, led by chef Emerson Amélio D’Oliveira. The head chef’s passion for food was obvious from the outset as he guided us through a carefully thought through menu that took advantage of the freshest and most seasonal ingredients he could source.
The menu is therefore fairly concise, but with something for every palette. We began our journey at the seaside, selecting one halibut and one king scallops. The presentation of the dishes is quite clearly well thought through, the halibut being served alongside some small fishcakes and the scallops, pan-seared in truffle oil, being served with a passion fruit mousse and heart of açai (perhaps a link to the head chef’s southern Brazilian roots).
Whilst my company chose monkfish for a main course that came served on a bed of samphire and asparagus, I changed tack and selected the filet mignon of longhorn beef – well cooked and served with a rich gravy alongside a selection of vegetables. The flavours throughout our meal were impressive, with an evident passion for pairing together tastes. Alongside one glass of South African Chenin Blanc and a Negroamaro rosé from a wine list that the chef told us was equally tailored to his food, we were impressed with the quality of our meal so far.
With just enough space remaining, we decided to share dessert – a poached pear with chocolate heart that rounded off our meal nicely.
The inside of Ozz is somewhat eclectic – a black and white tiled floor, vibrant walls and art deco lights hanging from the ceiling. It may not be to every guest’s preference – but there is no doubting that for those looking for a culinary experience, Ozz could offer everything and more. For the serious foodies, Ozz also offer a 9 course tasting menu paired with 9 wines! Maybe next time.
41-43 Lisson Grove
Nearest Tube: Marylebone/Baker Street/Edgware Road
Phone: 020 7724 6764