Saturday, 6 June 2015

Review of Marco's New York Italian - Kenilworth


Having enjoyed the hospitality at other Marco Pierre White venues, I welcomed the opportunity to sample the ambience and menu at  Marco’s New York Italian restaurant in Kenilworth.

Kenilworth, famous for its English Heritage castle, is geographically in a quadrant with Warwick, Coventry and Royal Leamington Spa, firmly in Warwickshire’s terrain.  Having a small town High Street with a number of restaurants already in-situ, Marco’s is a welcomed addition.
 
 

Marco’s is within the Holiday Inn Hotel building at the top of the High Street and although signage is present, it is good to be acquainted with this fact ahead of travelling as some may be looking for a standalone restaurant rather than knowing it is part of another establishment.  Having taken over from the previous restaurant incumbents, Marco’s patronage includes hotel guests, tourists and locals.
 
 
Similarly to its Stratford Upon Avon counterpart, the décor consists of Italian/New York inspired object d’art and the signature MPW black, studded seating and red tableware is present with pictures of Marco himself adorning the walls.   The Italian/American influence is evident throughout and taking a sweeping glance throughout the menu, there were a good number of vegetarian options available.  However, I would’ve liked to have seen a vegetarian option in the Burger section as it would’ve been nice to sample Marco’s burger offering (veggie style).
 
 

Dining with my Mum recently one Saturday lunchtime, we started off by enjoying a selection of Breads & Olives with a cocktail each.  The bread was warm and fresh and came with an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dip and the large olives were well marinated  making the whole ensemble delicious as an appetiser.
 
   

The Cocktail and Mocktail list contained a good selection, using a wide combination of ingredients.  Mum had the Ciroc Sour which was vodka and melon based with hints of lychee and elderflower, which she said was refreshing with just the right amount of alcohol for it not to be overpowering.  I had the Forest Fizz Mocktail which had a seasonal fruity base with cranberry juice and almonds topped with cream and it was absolutely delightful, although with the cream content, I feel I should have chosen it after dessert as it would work more appropriately post-meal.  I also tried the Pear Mojito (pear juice, mint and lime) which was fruity yet palette cleansing and moreish.
 

For Starters, Mum chose the Baked Field Mushrooms with Spinach and Blue Cheese.  She commented it was a pleasant, enjoyable dish.  The cheese wasn’t too strong which she liked, but she did feel there was a little too many rocket leaves and she would’ve welcomed something in lieu of the excess leaves perhaps and a little extra seasoning for the mushrooms would have enhanced them.  But overall, a very nice starter.
 

I had the Goat’s Cheese Arancini Risotto Fritters with Tomato & Basil Salsa.  It worked very well as a starter, the rice and cheese combined gave a nice sticky texture and the salsa that accompanied it was definitely needed and was a good contrast against the arancini balls.
 
 
 

For our Main Course, I opted for the Pumpkin Tortellini with Sage Butter and Mum had the Lamb Rump with Italian Beans and Rosemary & Garlic New Potatoes.  We had side orders of Seasonal Greens and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables to share between us.  The greens consisted of broccoli spears, broad beans, courgettes and spinach whilst the vegetables included peppers, onions and courgettes which were seasoned well.  
 

My tortellini came as a good, hearty portion, they had a strong, salty flavour but it worked well and had a delicious aftertaste.  The side dishes were definitely needed to break up each forkful of tortellini as it would have been too much of the same thing otherwise.   But a really, nice dish and one I would definitely have again.
 

Mum chose how she wanted her lamb cooked, but upon receipt of it, she decided to have it cooked a little more which our waitress was more than happy to arrange for her.  This was mentioned at the time of ordering that it could be re-done if required which she felt was a positive gesture and gave her the confidence to ask for this when it was needed without her feeling awkward.
 


The potatoes that accompanied the lamb she described as gorgeous and she enjoyed the additional Italian Beans that came with it and stated they were tasty and pleasantly lightly spiced.
 
 

For Dessert, Mum chose Marco’s Tiramisu which she commented had a nice blend of flavours, the alcohol soaked sponge made it punchy and overall, it was a very light, lovely dish.
 
 


I had the Melting Chocolate Truffle Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. I did also have my eye on the Limoncello Ice Cream Float and not being able to choose between the two, I asked if the ice cream that came with the cake could have a splash of Limoncello– so I could have the best of both desserts!  Indeed with my cake, I was given a shot of Limoncello which I drizzled a little on the ice cream and drank the rest doubling up splendidly as a liqueur to conclude the meal with.  The cake was rich, fudgy and dense and a must-have for any chocolate fan!

 

As a finale for our meal, we both had a cappuccino for which we had bespoke requests for and they were brought to us as we had ordered them which was good.  The size of the cappuccinos was also just right – not too small, not too big.

 

Overall, a good selection for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike teamed with a tempting cocktail/mocktail menu.   The restaurant encompasses a stylish, contemporary yet relaxing setting with excellent customer service on hand to complement your dining experience at Marco’s.

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Disclosure:    This post has been written following a kind invitation from Marco's Kenilworth to sample their menu.    This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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