Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt

Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt’s Top 5 Restaurants in London

Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt of Monty’s Deli shared their top 5 restaurants in London with us, and you’ll notice there isn’t a sandwich spot among them. Owen told us, ‘We’ve made 25k Reubens since we opened last year; sometimes you need a day off.’


Brick House. Mark and Owen say, ‘Fergus and Sharmin make some of the best bread in London, and the rest of the food at their two south London cafe/bakeries is its equal. Nothing starts a day off like a tartine of cavolo nero, anchoïade and a poached egg.’

Brick House, 1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich, SE22 8HP; 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL

Koya Bar. Mark and Owen say, ‘We eat here more than any other restaurant. Always exceptional. A calming and reassuring presence.’

Koya Bar, 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG


Berber & Q. Mark and Owen say, ‘Go on a week night to avoid the hoards that flock here at the weekend. It would be easy to hide behind such a good atmosphere (loud! busy!) but the food is flawless and big flavours matched excellently by less well known wines of distinction. Bring friends.’

Berber & Q, 338 Acton Mews, E8 4EA


Gold Mine. Mark and Owen say, ‘Few things are more comforting than half a roast duck and bowl of rice, and this place does the best, for our money.’

Gold Mine, 102 Queensway, W2 3RR


Quality Chop House. Mark and Owen say, ‘On occasion, it’s right to properly treat yourself, and there’s not many better places to do so than here, where they haven’t put a foot wrong in years. It’s also a remarkable setting.’

Quality Chop House, 88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA