August 4, 2022

Test Driving Cavita – Creativity and Mexican warmth in Marylebone | Road test

Patron chef Adriana Cavita leads the pass at her new namesake restaurant

So what should we know about Cavita?

It’s the hottest Mexican opening this year in London. The powerhouse behind the operation is chief patron Adriana Cavita whose experience includes big hitters like Pujol in Mexico and El Bulli in Spain. You might also have seen her last year on the roof of the Dorchester, where there were raves about the food.

And she has her own house now?

She does and it’s a beautiful space. You’ll find Cavita on Wigmore Street (a very welcome upgrade from the old Ask which was located there). The nearest tube is Oxford Circus.

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonWalk in and it’s like a sunny section of Mexico has been transplanted to Marylebone with plant-adorned ceilings and a very earthy aesthetic.

Where should we first meet friends for a drink?

When the restaurant’s ground floor mezcaleria, Mayahuel, opens in a few weeks, this will be the place to come. Until then, you can drop by the Underbelly summer popup in Cavendish Square for an alfresco drink or try the nearby Coachmakers Arms.

Where is a good place to sit?

The restaurant is divided into two large dining rooms, the first of which overlooks the open kitchen and the second of which overlooks the restaurant’s bar counter. Both seem to be particularly good places for groups with quite a few tables capable of seating six and more.

What is on the menu?

The menu is divided into raw bar, appetizers, street food and dishes to share. We tried something from each section to get an idea of ​​what Adriana serves. Here is what we had:

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonAguachile Rojo – King Fish with Grasshopper Salt, Watermelon and Rainbow Radish (£15)

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonChutoro Tostada – two tuna tostadas served with soy ginger dressing and mashed avocado (£17)

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonPig´s Head Tamal wrapped in charred collard greens with a pot of salsa verde to dip (£12)

Main courses are served as a sharing dish with tortillas and rice included. In addition to the following, other options include wood-grilled herb-fed chicken or charred grilled octopus guajillo.

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonFor main course we opted for the Pescado Tikin Xic which turned out to be whole sea bream cooked in banana leaves with an axiote marinade, roasted peppers and black beans (£45). It’s a big dish for two, so keep that in mind if, like us, you want to try some much earlier on the menu.

What’s on the menu for vegetarians?

There’s plenty to try, including a vegan mooli and pomegranate ceviche from the raw bar section with a grilled caesar salad as starters and a particularly good tomato salad with a sesame macha sauce.

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonSmoked Mushroom Tetela (£10) was a standout vegetable dish of blue corn, roast potatoes, red adobo, goat curd and a Guacasalsa.

Room for dessert?

There are only two desserts on the menu while we always find it hard to resist the churros, they are not (yet) available à la carte, so we opted for the only other option which turned out to be a game-changing dessert.

cavita restaurant review marylebone londonPan de Elote (£8) – Mexican cornbread topped with honeycomb ice cream and a pool of cajeta – a goats milk caramel sauce very similar to dulce de leche. We’re still thinking about it right now…

What about the drink?

Bar manager Manuel Lema has put together a list that includes plenty of organic options (the house Prosecco is both vegan and organic) and there are plenty of offerings by the glass as well. As for spirits, they are spoiled for choice in a range that includes tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla and bacanora.

General thoughts:

From the moment we walked into Cavita we could tell it was going to be a huge hit with Londoners. It has a particularly warm and fun vibe – which also makes it a good place for a date or a place to catch up with friends. The food is delicious, the drinks are strong, and there’s plenty to bring you back to try more of what’s on offer.

Learn more about Cavita

Where is he? 56 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2RZ

How to book: online booking here.

Learn more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @cavita.restaurante

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