Lunch at 28-50 - a dream restaurant for a wine lover

Had lunch with wine trade buddy Daniel Primack (of www.aroundwine.co.uk) at the brilliant 28-50 in Marylebone today (www.2850.co.uk/marylebone). I’ve visited the other 28-50 in Fetter Lane a couple of times, and enjoyed it greatly, but this was my first time at the new Marylebone restaurant.

28-50 describes itself as a ‘wine workshop and kitchen’, and it’s an absolute dream restaurant for a wine lover. The wine list is one of London’s best, and by best I mean best chosen and sensibly priced. I reckon anything on the by the glass selection is worth a punt, because the wines are so well chosen. And there are some 30 wines available by the glass.

Daniel and I sampled 5. The great thing is that there’s an option to have a 75 ml pour, which means you can explore the by-the-glass list a little without racking up a huge bill or getting drunk.

We began with Brokenwood’s Hunter Valley Semillon 2012. So pure and precise, with real intensity: a young Hunter Semillon with real character already.

Then it was red all the way.

Pasion de Bobal 2011 from Utiel Requena is a wine that I shall go and buy. It’s just £2.90 for a 75 ml serving, and shows silky, ripe, sweet berry fruits with great balance.

Prunotto’s Dolcetto d’Albi 2011 was served just a little too warm, but it was irresistable: so fresh with cherries and plums, a silky texture, and a bit of savoury bite. Masterful. £4 for 75 ml.

The next two deserved proper notes:

Monteillet Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2010 Northern Rhone, France
£4.35 for 75 ml. Very sweetly, elegantly perfumed with a pot pourri, dried flowers edge to the nose. The palate shows elegant cherries and spice with lovely freshness. This is Syrah at its most Burgundian, and it’s totally beguiling and compelling, as long as you don’t find the pretty nose too much. 93/100

Domaine du Cros Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2011 Southwest France
£3.25 for 75 ml. Latest release of one of my all-time favourite reds. This is SO good. Wonderful nose of ripe black cherries and iron and blood. Striking. Super-fresh, fine, pure palate showing good acid and focused black fruits with a really bloody edge. Focused an pure. 92/100

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5 comments to Lunch at 28-50 – a dream restaurant for a wine lover

  • Bob Parsons

    I know you are a big Marcillac fan Jamie!
    I have the Pasion de Bobal here at home after tasting at a wine show. Agree, lovely wine indeed.

    Bob Alberta.

  • Alex Lake

    It smells more of a piece of raw steak than most pieces of raw steak do.

  • Laurence

    Went there with the wife. We both ordered rib eye (which was far better than the supposedly brilliant Hawksmoor), and asked the sommelier for a recommendation. Gave her a £100 limit from the ‘collectors’ range. She said the 1996 Montus Madiran – £52. It was fabulous and age got a big tip on top of the service charge. Up there with Terroirs and Shampers as favourite places to go in London

  • keith prothero

    Will always think of the great and much missed Richard Katz,when 28-50 is discussed.
    Loved the restaurant from the start and the concept.

  • Alex Kilbey

    Ate at 28-50 last night with my Dutch friend and fellow wine-lover, Ronald. Excellent food and wonderful selection of wines. We had a bottle of Beaucastel 1994 plus some extras around the outside, fininshing wiith a glass of Vin de Constance. OK, we weren’t exactly experimenting there but great stuff and getting Constance by the glass is the sort of rarity I’m inclined to return over.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

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