REVIEW | Marmelo Kitchen, Francis Road

REVIEW | Marmelo Kitchen, Francis Road

We can’t quite believe we’ve only just made it down to try Marmelo after the suspense of waiting for it to open last year! It opened its doors in December and what a fantastic addition to the area and Francis Road.

If you live in the area, there is NO excuse not to try this place, and if you live outside the area, there’s still NO excuse not to try it! It’s well worth the visit.

marmelo kitchen review

Situated out of the main village, Francis Road, with its cute coloured exterior shops, mimicking those of the Leyton High street. Marmelo exterior is understated, with simple bold logo and grey canopy contrast well with the wooden tables. Natalie,  the owner, along with her husband have successfully kitted the place out really beautifully. Grey walls with lovely white tiling, two long benches which seat around 10 on each bench, a couple of bar stools (offering a more casual seating space, and prime spot to watch the chefs in action at the open kitchen!)

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Natalie has a passion for baking, and creating and selling her preserves prior to opening Marmelo. Her husband (Lu?) was in the restaurant on the night, and friendly and charismatic chatting to guests. They have taken on board a top notch chef, who looks the part for this niche little restaurant, and creates the fantastic flavours and food for its continuously refreshed menu.

Currently only open from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, the menu is compact and experiential. The slight downside was not being able to have a peak at the menu online beforehand (I would usually have a drool over a menu before attending a restaurant!) Some would prefer the suspense, and with it being a small menu its easy to make a decision on the night.

The staff were on the ball, friendly, accommodating, chatty, and knew there stuff. My mother is a food teacher, so interested in knowing how certain things were cooked and the waiter could answer off the top of his head.

The food style is small shareable plates, as there were 6 of us this was slightly trickier. So we decided to share a couple of the obvious starter plates, including the most incredible fresh seasonal radish I have ever tasted, and wonderful sweet potato chips (we ordered an extra two portions as they were delicious!) Following our sharing starters we ordered our own individual plates which were more ‘main’ dish styles, including tagliatelle meatballs, rib eye steak and a lovely asparagus dish.

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marmelo review food

marmelo review - meatball tagliatelle

marmelo review - steak

There is very little to fault this place, great atmosphere. really reasonably priced for the quality, flavour and portions of food, staff really friendly and welcoming. I’m already planning my next visit! Booking recommended as every time I pass the place is rammed. It also has the exclusivity factor with it only open at weekends.

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