The latest string to Mare Street Markets bow is the Dining Room. Recently opened after a set back or two, the eclectic restaurant adds to a wealth of pop ups and casual drinking and dining space at Mare Street Market.
The restaurant sits among the likes of Pure White Lines – an antiques and interiors shop (of which many items can be found promoted in the Dining Room), Rebel Rebel Flowers and a Deli and bar serving delicious sandwiches, salads and cakes alongside some cracking cocktails.
High ceilings are adorned with chandeliers of all kinds, glistening in the low light. Sitting beneath it are Art Deco furnishings, gothic statues and Roman busts alternating with potted plants along the windowsill. It’s a beautifully chaotic space.
Not only is the decor in the Dining Room worth raving about, the food is pretty decent too.
A beautifully crafted menu, our choices begin with Artichoke crisps, doused in vinegar and shavings of parmesan, and a plate piled high with doorstop sourdough accompanied by herby butter.
My friend and I share two starters. First is the Crab tartare, light and refreshing with subtle notes of tarragon. Then the BBQ short rib hash brown. It sat at the opposite end of the flavour spectrum, topped with a fried egg and brought alive by its bold prune and date brown sauce.
I opted for the roast hake, jerusalem artichoke, spring onions and squid ink crackers for my main course. A salty affair, the hake was light and flaky and subtle in texture, whilst the cracker gave an element of crunch. My friend chose the duck breast, parmesan polenta, wild mushroom ragu and sherry butter for her main – it was an exquisitely British plate.
To round it off, we shared a rhubarb treacle tart and a portion of warm cinnamon brioche struffoli with blood orange slices before retiring to the market sofas with a digestif.
The Dining Room is an interior designers dream come true, we’d definitely recommend this spot if you’re looking to impress on location and food.
To book a table at the Dining Room, visit the website here.