I’m so grateful that my office is surrounded by so many delicious eateries and I can easily pop into one at lunch. 31 Below being one of them, last week two of my work colleagues and I paid a visit. I never knew there was a cosy and modern bar restaurant nearby. The restaurant was filled with plants, there were scrubs that intertwined with some fairy lights that dangled along the wall creating a botanical and relaxed atmosphere.
31 Below is located on Marylebone high street, accessible from either Baker Street or Regents Park tube station. It is a cafe bar by day and by night the basement is transformed, and the venue is filled by a buzzing atmosphere after 6pm.
We were sat in one of their booths giving us a bit of privacy to chatter away. It didn’t take long for our waiter to welcome us and take our order;
– Galician octopus, paprika, garlic, lemon & aïoli & Green beans, almonds & lemon.
– British flat iron steak, mojo verde sauce & Skin on skinny fries, rosemary salt
– Double British beef burger, cheddar (all burgers served with skin on skinny fries).
We didn’t have to wait long for our food:
Elsa had the Galician octopus, paprika, garlic, lemon & aïoli & Green beans, almonds & lemon.
“Presentation was aesthetically pleasing. The octopus was tender and well cooked. It wasn’t rubbery or over done. It went very well with the alioli. The octopus was a little salty but over all it was a good flavour. I really liked the broad beans as they were buttery and I enjoyed the crunchy almonds.”
Holly had the British flat iron steak, mojo verde sauce –
“It was very yummy. Melt in the mouth, cooked how I asked it to be (rare) and presented in an aesthetically pleasing way”
And for her sides the skin on skinny fries, rosemary salt – crispy and delicious.
I had the Double British beef burger, cheddar, smoked dry cured bacon, burger sauce – it was tasty and I especially enjoyed the crispy bacon as it married well with all the flavours, however I felt there was too much oil coming off the beef burger and it was soaking into the bap. It had rosemary salt skinny fries to accompany it! Delicious!
I would definitely go back their food was tantalising good, my colleagues wolfed their mains down, the service was impeccable – we didn’t have to wait long to be served and the food came in a fashionable time, leaving us 10 minutes to spare to head back to the office! It was a shame we had to leave without dessert but there’s always next time!