Hot Spot: Rex & Mariano

Rachel Rix of Richmond Towers checks out the Soho eatery.

2 St Anne’s Court, London W1F 0AZ, 020 7437 0566

The story
Rex & Mariano is surely the next in a string of success stories from the team behind London’s Burger & Lobster restaurants and Goodman Steakhouses. It brings good-quality seafood to the table in a great environment and at a reasonable price.

The reality
Rex & Mariano is nestled between Dean Street and Wardour Street, in the heart of London Soho’s vibrant dining scene. The restaurant feels modern, airy and spacious, with light wood panelling and ind­ustrial ceilings. This relaxed and friendly vibe is reiterated by Rex & Mariano’s ordering system – we were handed an iPad to view the menu and place our orders. With larger  groups this may be a challenge, but it worked particularly well for the tapas-style smaller dishes on offer.

The damage
£140 for five people eating small plate dishes, including dessert and service, but not wine.

Signature dishes
The menu offers a show-reel of seafood favourites, from grilled crab cakes and white wine mussels to tuna tartare. The lobster ceviche was fresh and delicate while the red prawns were a people-pleaser. In line with the rest of the menu the desserts are a simple affair, with only a couple of choices on offer. If you’re tempted, the lemon sorbet was a delicious way to round off the meal and we tried it with a shot of home-made limoncello.

Dining experience ****
Compared with many of the smaller restaurants in Soho, Rex & Mariano has a lovely sense of openness. The tables are spaced out from one another. If possible, go for a table with a view of the open kitchen and watch the chefs work their magic.

Chance of a last-minute booking ****
While it’s not vast, the restaurant’s relative size means it can accommodate medium-sized groups without too much trouble. After introducing a reservation policy at the start of the year, the steady flow of guests seemed to be a mixture of pre-booked and walk-ins.

Client wow factor ***
The perfect setting for a relaxed lunch in a central location.

Overall ****
Great value seafood with a modern twist.

Reviewed by Rachel Rix, account director, Richmond Towers Communications

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