I’ve recently discovered Carousel in Marylebone which is a laid-back restaurant just up the road from Chiltern Firehouse. The beauty is they host ongoing dining popups which rotate frequently and from what I’ve seen so far, the price sits around £35 for about 5/6 courses.

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My old uni housemate Becca and I ventured on down to Cooking in Motion which was a collaboration started by Sebastian Mazzola and Sussie Villarico. Sebastian is the chef and his CV is remarkable with stints at El Bulli and Noma. Sussie looks after the front of house and is the sommelier offering great wine choices for each course.

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Their food pulls out inspiration from their many travels over the years, with an Argentinian base but with flavours of Japenese coming through.

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Let us dig into the menu with a starting nibble of a potato style croquette and wasabi sauce on top.

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Next was the refreshing shellfish and seaweed chilcano soup with mussels and chalaca sauce. The sauce was a garlicky salsa which just added an extra punch to the soup.

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A dish that seems to be on most menus these days was the scallop and cucumber tiradito with yuzu ‘Leche de Tigre’. This was beautifully executed and loved it with the slices of cucumber sitting under each scallop.

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They asked if we wanted the extra salmon dish and boy are we glad we said yes. Probably the highlight from the evening. A maki causa with avocado and ceviche mayonnaise served with slightly seared Aburi Salmon.

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Very clever twist on the normal maki as it was made with potato texture wrapped around the avocado.

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After the few light dishes already sampled it was time for a heavier one, teriyaki braised pancetta with jerusalem artichoke puree and sautéed pak choi. I’ve never had pancetta like it, used to small cubes but this was a hefty chunk beautifully marinated.

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Now onto dessert, a very interesting one citrus fruit ceviche, lychee sorbet, lime yoghurt sponge cake and black sesame seeds. Something I’ve never tasted and very refreshing but the fruit ceviche was a tad too sharp and overpowering.

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It was such an enjoyable evening and so happy to have discovered Carousel. Already eyeing up sampling another chef’s work there soon, check them out here and sign up for their emails!

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