You may have noticed by now, that I really like Marylebone, and that is not at all because it is the Swedish quarters in London (honestly), it is just a cosy area. When Emma and Claes came to visit in March spring was on its way and we had sunny nice days. Of course we wanted to seize the moment and be outside as much as possible, so we had a wander in Marylebone and a long walk by the Thames.
At 1pm on a sunny Saturday it was quite difficult to find a table for lunch in Marylebone, but after 15 minutes of waiting we could grab a table at the Natural Kitchen. Neither of us had been here before, but it looks like a nice place. Downstairs they have a shop/delicatessen with lovely produce and the shop reminds me of Daylesford Organics which I adore. But we were quite disappointed I must admit. All of us actually.
Emma, Claes and I ordered the Croque Monsieur which was all doughey and gooey (in a bad way). I mean, I really like a creamy croque monsieur with bechamel on top, but instead of that they had spread something on the top of the nice crusty bread to make it all soggy, and then placed the ham and cheese on top. Otherwise the portion size was generous, but they had placed two sandwiches with melted cheese on top of each other, so the cheese from the bottom one stuck to the top sandwich…
Christopher’s Eggs Benedict looked alright and apparently tasted ok, thank God, but they were nothing special. I ordered the homemade sparkling lemonade and Chris ordered the still one, but both looked and tasted exactly the same, although the receipt said sparkling on one and still on one.
Apart from all this the service was incredibly slow and we received our drinks at the same time as the food. The kitchen were quick though, they had a full restaurant and we got our food within 15 minutes, but 15 minutes without the drinks we had ordered is just bad.
All in all we were very disappointed, and next time we will certainly queue somewhere else instead. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that they managed to destroy a croque monsieur.