"The latest dining concept from Kurt Zdesar..."Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
Fucina is the latest dining concept from Kurt Zdesar, the driving force behind iconic London restaurants Chotto Matte, Black Roe and Nobu. Located in a light and airy pocket of Marylebone, Fucina offers a modern interpretation of traditional Italian flavours and dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from across the UK and Italy. Fucina's innovative approach to modern Italian dining is reflected in its architecture. Devised by Andy Martin Architecture, the use of natural materials in earthy tones creates an intimate space that seamlessly moves from cosy and convivial during the day to sexy and atmospheric during the evening. Founder, Kurt Zdesar has scoured the length and breadth of Italy and the UK to source the very best produce to create innovative, yet wholesome dishes. Working with the best of what is in season, and only using produce at peak condition, the food at Fucina is as nourishing as it is delicious.
This summer Fucina brought the Amalfi Coast to Marylebone with the addition of its new set brunch menu, featuring a modern Italian take on breakfast and lunch classics complemented by free-flowing Aperol Spritzes and Hugos. Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm, the menu ‘Colazione by Fucina’, includes a range of Italian-inspired dishes created by Executive Chef, Jordan Sclare. Avocado and poached eggs on toast have been given a 2017 update with a mortadella taleggio fondue while the bubble and squeak risotto has an Italian twist with crispy panko crusted egg and parmesan. For those looking for a taste of Capri, there’s a sumptuous fish cake with avocado, pancetta lardons, fried egg and taleggio fondue.
Organic and seasonal ingredients such as those used to create the signature breakfast dish of grilled Italian sausages, ricotta and fig toast with honey saba and chia seeds have been sourced from across Italy and the UK.
The space itself is beautiful. Full of light, bright and airy with high ceilings, big seats and a real Italian vibe about the interior. It’s a gorgeous spot for a chilled weekend meal, from the welcoming seating next to the bar to the stack of Saturday papers available to pore over while you dine. Being potentially slightly hungover when I visited, I started with a chicken Milanese club with bacon, lettuce, tomato and’Nduja, served with rosemary fries. The crispy foccacia certainly didn’t scrimp on the size, although the chicken itself was a little bit tougher than expected. The addition of the ‘Nduja - a spicy, spreadable, pork salumi featuring roasted peppers and a mixture of spices - definitely added an extra punch of flavour, though was a little overpowering combined with everything else. For the second course I chose the Italian French toast, topped with juicy slices of peach and topped with a scoop of Italian lemon sorbet, a cut through the sweetness of the peaches and a fresh and tasty flavour combination. At £49 it’s not the cheapest bottomless brunch in town but the cocktails were strong and plentiful and the portion sizes were definitely on the generous side compared to other restaurants I’ve visited recently!
Laurel reviewed Fucina on Mon 09 Oct 2017