There is a luxury Mexican restaurant located on the top of a building which has stunning views of the city skyline. Is this restaurant in New York or LA? Thankfully not as Madera at the Treehouse Hotel is actually in London, a stone’s throw from the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House in the heart of the crossover between Fitzrovia and Marylebone.
Newly arrived to the London restaurant scene, Madera hails from Los Angeles where they have two restaurants that have an organic and sophisticated contemporary interpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine. It combines this with a focus on a laid back, unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant can be found on the 15th floor of the newly opened boutique Treehouse London Hotel. When you add in the almost 360 degree views of London through large panoramic windows, you have something quite special.
The Restaurant oozes an understated sophistication from the moment you step in. The decor is elegant and botanical. The staff are extremely friendly, welcoming and exude the laid back west coast vibe that is part of the ethos of Madera. Even our waitress recently arrived from Los Angeles where she was a regular at sister restaurant Toca Madera.
We started in the bar and as you might expect the cocktails are Mexican inspired mainly and just like the food, ingredients are organic. We love the fact that as well as a salt rim, a tajin (a mix of salt, chilli and lime) rim is also very much available.
Check out the rooftop bar which is normally only open to residents of the hotel but also open if you dine at Madera. Given that most Mexican restaurants only have a limited selection of wines available, the selection here is expansive. This level of choice is important as Mexican food can be greatly complemented with the correct matching of wine. Prices begin at £30 for a simple red from the Rhône up to £430 for a fine Bordeaux. There is also a wide choice of sparkling wines and of course champagne.
The food itself is sublime and subtle in its flavours, balancing the heat from peppers and spices with the natural taste of the ingredients, allowing for this combination to create a surprisingly new and cohesive taste experience. Being the carnivore that I am, most of the dishes I tried were beef or chicken but I did try a number of vegetarian options and they too were tasty and enjoyable.
All ingredients are organically and locally sourced. For me the highlights of the menu were the lava rock steak, where a seasoned steak (which can be from a choice of meats) continues to cook on the table as you eat it, and the Wagyu beef sausage, which gives sausages a new dimension. Madera is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so the choice of dishes is expansive.
As the sun sets, everything else rises — energy, music and atmosphere. The experience is different whenever you visit but you are always assured of authentic Mexican flavours and sweeping London views whenever you visit.
To discover more and book, visit: www.treehousehotels.com/london/eat-drink/madera
By Alun Harris
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