Brother Marcus, South Kensington

What They Say

Brother Marcus was created by three best friends, Arthur, Alex and Tas. We bring the flavours and recipes of the Eastern Mediterranean to London. Having travelled the region extensively and experienced the food, drink and culture it has to offer first-hand, you get an take on the Eastern Mediterranean way at Brother Marcus.

The Food

Probably not the most controversial opinion ever expressed but I am a strong believer in pre-judging a restaurant on the quality of its bread. That’s not to say that it will be the best or worst thing about it but in my experience, if the bread you get at the start is good, the rest of the experience will follow suit. The inverse, obviously, doesn’t bare thinking about.

The bread is really good at Brother Marcus, toasted fluffy pittas that are probably far too good for London and more in line with something you might get at a cute hidden gem tucked away on a random Greek Island, the name of which you’d struggle to pronounce without sounding like a drunk tourist.

So, with the bread scoring high, this spelt good news for the following courses; a whole host of Mezze share plates of which the standout was definitely the perfectly grilled Lamb Kofta with aubergine begendi, Aleppo butter and spring onion. Also of note for cheese fans was the pan-fried halloumi with orange and thyme-infused honey and toasted seeds. Delicious.

To finish, I had the Baklava sandwich, served with Greek yoghurt and pistachio ice cream. They don’t put the calories on the menu (thankfully), at Brother Marcus but one strongly suspects that this single dish worked out at more gym hours than the rest of the meal combined. It was definitely worth it, though and I found myself thinking about it again the next day whilst on the treadmill working it all off.

In a Nutshell

I couldn’t fault the service and whilst the interior isn’t going to set any new standards it had a semi-formal, yet relaxed vibe complimented with all wooden furniture and enough space not to feel crowded. I’ll definitely go back there (or to one of their other venues, as there are four in London) and hopefully, when the weather warms up, the Mediterranean flavours will be enough to trick me into thinking that I’m dining on one of those Greek islands for a few hours.

The Details

Brother Marcus, 1-3 Pelham Street, South Kensington, SW7 2ND

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