Anshu Anghotra is executive Head Chef at the Marriot's new restaurant in Park Lane. The food and cocktail menu is inspired by the ethnic influences on four London 'lanes'; Brick Lane, Edgware Road, Kingsland Road and Portobello Road, which brings great variety of flavour and interest to an area of London not known for anything beyond the traditional.
Lanes of London
Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AA
020 7647 5678
Restaurant & Bar
Breakfast: 06.30 - 11.00
All Day Dining: 12.00 - 22.30
Afternoon Tea: 12.00 - 17.30
Lanes of London Picture Gallery
All In London Review
Lanes of London is a smart place to enjoy interesting food
Before even looking at the menu, a glance at the drinks list reveals the concept behind the food. The four, pricey house cocktails (£18.50) are divided into four London locations – Brick Lane, Edgware Road, Kingsland Road and Portobello Road – with each drink bearing an ethnic accent appropriate to the neighbourhood: for Brick Lane the cocktail has a flavour of aromatic tea and pomegranate seed; a punch for Kingsland Road is infused with Vietnamese herbs and spices … you get the idea. Better value, some may feel, are one of the imported beers, a London pale ale or glass of wine (all £5).
The food menu is similarly divided. Kingsland Road yields bun thit nuong (£7.90) and while it tasted gristly as first this was down to the multitude of small minced pieces and was more than OK. Portobello Road is a good excuse for reliables like hot dog (£7.90) and roasted bone marrow with horseradish cream (£7.90).
A walk through London offers a kaleidoscope of cultures and a culinary stroll in this restaurant entails mixing and matching different parts of the menu. The lamb skewers from Edgware Road make for good nosh but are even better with a samosa chat (£6.50), one of the three Brick Lane offerings, with a genuinely spicy flavour from its heady mix of pomegranate, tamarind, chickpeas and yogurt. The menu also has meat, fish and vegetarian sections so you’d be hard put not to find something that appeals to your preferences. I went for ‘crispy soft shell crab’ (£11.50) and it tasted good, with the crab in thin batter laying on a bed of apple salad with fennel and chilli, but two people sharing might end up squabbling over their shares of the fish; my crab must have suffered from anorexia nervosa.
Two people would find five selections (not counting the crab) quite sufficient for a good meal combining old favourites with a novel item or two. The wine list is not extensive but carefully chosen for variety, with four whites and reds under £40 and more than twice that number costing more.
All in all, Lanes of London is a smart place to enjoy interesting food. It is not the venue for a romantic meal but the atmosphere is pleasantly sociable and the irritation factor (i.e. other people) is commendable low, despite tables of work buddies discussing office politics as if it really mattered.
Reviewed by Sean Sheehan
on Feb 26, 2014
Published on Feb 26, 2014
I'd say it was good with the 50% off, but given the slow service and typical hotel restaurant surroundings, I would have been pretty miffed at the experience had I paid full price.
Sep 10, 2008
The food was of a very high standard, my smoked salmon starter was very good as was the main course and cheese board we ordered. The wine list had plenty of reasonably priced bottles for people like me who can't tell the difference when you go above a £10 bottle!
All in all a very pleasant evening with good service and very nice food. Recommended.
Feb 20, 2006