Lita Restaurant Review: Flavors of the Mediterranean by Former Corrigan’s Chef

Lita Restaurant Review: Flavors of the Mediterranean by Former Corrigan's Chef

In a significant move that further elevates Marylebone’s standing in London’s culinary scene, Luke Ahearne, the former Head Chef at Corrigan’s Mayfair, has embarked on an exciting new venture with the opening of Lita restaurant. 

This endeavor sees Ahearne team up with the minds behind the Wild Tavern in Chelsea and Canadian-born restaurateur Daniel Koukarskikh. Lita blends Ahearne’s culinary expertise with a vision to offer refined and relaxed dining experiences.

The warmth and nurturing spirit of a grandmother inspire Lita, and its name—a nod to the affectionate Spanish word ‘abuelita’—suggests that. The place charms diners with its produce-driven, seasonal menu that celebrates the flavors of the southern Mediterranean.

Lita Restaurant London Menu

The restaurant’s menu will emphasize the importance of seasonal produce. It will frequently change to reflect the best of what’s available regionally. This philosophy extends to its wine list, featuring an eclectic selection from small, biodynamic producers to well-established European wineries.

Lita’s design features an open kitchen space and an open fire grill. It aims to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a grand chateau kitchen. This setup allows for an interactive dining experience and underscores the restaurant’s transparency and the art of cooking with fire.

Meet Luke Ahearne

Luke Ahearne’s journey to opening Lita is marked by a notable career spanning some of the most prestigious kitchens in Ireland and London. Without formal cooking training initially, Ahearne honed his skills through hands-on experience. He started with a summer internship at Neven Maguire’s MacNean’s House & Restaurant in Cavan. At just 18, he moved on to run his father’s cafe in Clonmel. Later, he refined his craft at Garrett Byrne’s Campagne restaurant in Kilkenny. 

His move to London brought him to The Clove Club, ranked 26th in the world at the time. Then, its sister restaurant Luca, before taking the helm at Corrigan’s Mayfair at 29.

Food enthusiasts keenly anticipate Lita’s opening in early March on Paddington Street in Marylebone. With 80 indoor seats and an additional 20 on its front terrace, it’s poised to become a new hotspot for those seeking an authentic and thoughtful dining experience.

Lita Restaurant London Bookings

Capital A List members can make bookings for Lita below.

Lita Restaurant London Cuisine, Dress Code & Address

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Dress Code: Casual

Area: Marylebone

Address: 7-9 Paddington St, London W1U 5QH


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