If you follow us on Instagram, you'll have noticed that we often frequent a restaurant in Marylebone called Carousel. Although, Carousel isn't really your typical restaurant. In fact, it would be better described as a rotating pop-up restaurant--a concept so fantastic that we honestly wish we had thought of it ourselves. Founded in the last couple years by four cousins, Carousel hosts guest chefs for 1-2 week residencies. The resident chefs come from all over the world--from Mexico to Australia and Japan--and all of them are incredibly talented, many having trained at some of the world's top restaurants. As pop-ups, guest chef residencies, and chef collaborations are becoming increasingly popular in cities like London and New York, Carousel provides a space for up-and-coming and well-established chefs alike to showcase their cuisine in a new market, while offering London diners the chance to try dishes they would have otherwise had to travel for.
We are huge fans of curated subscriptions services--in particular, the London Tea Club, Pact Coffee, and the London Sock Exchange--so naturally we were really excited when BRUU Tea contacted us to have us try some of their teas.
The concept is simple: BRUU Tea is a gourmet tea club that delivers a box of teas every month based on your preferences (i.e. black, green, white, fruit, rooibos, etc.). Every month is a new batch of teas, and the subscription price is £10 for 3 teas (~40 cups) or £20 for 5 teas (~80 cups).
A reservation at Dabbous may be hard to come by, but it's worth the wait. Minimalist, balanced, creative... a meal here is bound to test one's palate in ways it has rarely been before. The tasting menu we ordered consisted of eight courses, but the portions are not overwhelming in the slightest and you won't be going home totally stuffed.
If we have been terrible at keeping this blog up to date in the last couple months, it's in large part because we have been spending too much time eating at an exciting new restaurant that opened in April: Opso. This "nouveau Greek" restaurant is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new restaurants that has opened in the last year, and it just keeps getting better every time we go back.