When we found out at the start of this year that Corbin & King would soon be joining our neighbourhood, it’s fair to say a small ripple of excitement was felt throughout Marylebone. Jeremy King and Chris Corbin (also behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and Colbert amongst others) are known and respected as some of London’s most experienced restaurateurs – we were all but intrigued to see what they would bring to Marylebone.
Fischer’s fills a beautiful, prominent building at the top of Marylebone High Street – number 50 to be exact (the old site of Cotidie). Like other Corbin & King establishments, Fischer’s has its own story – this time guests feel as if they’ve stepped back in time to an informal neighbourhood café and konditorei evocative of Vienna in the early 1900’s. Having been shown around the nearly empty site by Jeremy King in January, the transformation is certainly impressive. Attention to detail is a theme that seems to run throughout the Corbin & King operation – from the food to the service – and it doesn’t stop at the classic but importantly comfortable interior.
The menu offers a versatile mix – from Würstchen and Schnitzels to steak, sea bass and salads – this diversity allowing Fischer’s to keep its informal ‘all day’ feel. We began our meal with the chopped chicken salad (that we recognised from The Wolseley) and the oak-smoked salmon served with horseradish cream and nordic bread. Wanting a real taste of Vienna, we followed a more classic route for our mains. First the chicken schnitzel served with lingonberry compote and a rich gravy. Along with a side of fries and a mixed leaf salad, it’s a flavoursome but satisfyingly simple selection. My company for the evening chose the Würstchen – of which there are six different sausages available and you can select any two to be served with potato salad, sauerkraut and caramelised onions. The Bockwurst and the Käsekrainer were chosen, with the second being a particular highlight with its emmental cheese stuffing. Fischer’s is just the place for a slow meal accompanied by good conversation, but a few minutes of silence after we first received our dishes is always a good sign.
Having successfully drained a bottle of 2011 Côtes du Rhône ‘Mon Coeur’ from a wine list featuring a fine selection from around Europe, we surfaced for air extremely satisfied. We had room left just for a coffee and some biscuits from the konditorei to bring to a close a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Fischer’s will provide you with all the quality food, attentive service and classic attention to detail you will ever need, yet they are all matched by a warm atmosphere and a comfortable, relaxed dining environment. One that you could argue comes naturally with an all day dining style of restaurant, but that you might only find perfected thanks to the Corbin & King team. We plan to return again soon at breakfast which is now available at Fischer’s between 8am – 11.30am.
50 Marylebone High Street
Nearest Tube: Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Bond Street
Phone: 020 7466 5501