Marylebone’s Carousel, established by brothers Ed and Ollie Templeton, is renowned for its ever-changing line-up of international guest chefs. The restaurant will channel a Latin American vibe this May and June when it hosts Argentinian talent Pablo Esteban Lagrange, previously of Noma Copenhagen, Borago in Santiago, Chile, and Spain’s Mugaritz (which is placed ninth in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants) from May 28 to June 8, and Colombian executive chef Felipe Donnelly of New York’s Colonia Verde, who takes the helm from June 25 to 29.
The visitors will collaborate with head chef Ollie Templeton to create a set menu (priced £49.50 per person) using seasonal ingredients. For Lagrange’s 11-night residency, the two cooks have designed a four-course feast mixing Argentine and Spanish influences, to include sour and sweet scallop ceviche with green olives; smoked brisket empanada with criolla sauce; chicken empanada with smoked sour cream and pine oil; hake with inked vegetables, caramelised onion, sweetcorn, toasted hazelnut purée and mushroom powder, plus an intriguing dessert – potato ice cream, pumpkin seeds and pollen.
Donnelly, meanwhile, will create sharing plates (the set menu is priced £49.50 per person) of hanger steaks, grass-fed sirloin and rib-eye cooked over Carousel’s large wood fire grill, alongside small plates of grilled octopus. Both menus are subject to change depending on availability of ingredients.
Diners will be seated at sharing tables for dinner, which will be introduced by the chefs in person. Guests will also have the chance to socialise with them after the meal – all adding to the culinary experience. Tickets are available at Carousel’s website from April 23 for the Lagrange event and from May 14 for Donnelly’s residency.