Margot is an Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Covent Garden. Open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, pre-theatre, post-theatre and brunch on weekends.
The menu revolves around classic Italian cuisine with a focus on quality, seasonal ingredients and draws inspiration from Italy’s diverse regions. Our extensive wine list includes over 350 wines from around the world, or if you prefer, we offer a full bar with signature cocktails.
We strive to provide a welcoming and elegant service in a timeless setting intended to make you feel at ease.
Paulo and Nicolas worked together at Scott’s restaurant and soon became good friends. They
found they had a similar approach to service and philosophy of life, and shared a love for the
always diverse and inspiring restaurant industry. They both wanted to one day create their own
restaurant and bring all their ideas together. After years of hearing, “When are you going to
open your own place,” it was a shared client and friend who came forward and reminded the
two of their dream and set them in motion.
Margot is the culmination of two lifetimes of experience and love for the industry, and the
desire to create something truly distinctive together. The next stage of the journey begins.
Paulo de Tarso
Paulo de Tarso is co-proprietor of Margot.
Paulo came to London in 2005. Born in Brazil of Italian descent, he spent his formative years in
the United States.
He began to build his reputation in London at The Wolseley and Scott’s in Mayfair. Later, Paulo
moved on to open Bar Boulud London under the tutelage of the inimitable Daniel Boulud, who is
both mentor and friend.
Paulo is involved in a number of charitable causes, most notably Rumble in the Kitchen where
he donned boxing gloves alongside the likes of Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing, and the
Chefs with Altitude Farm Africa climb where he and Ashley Palmer-Watts scaled Mount
Nicolas Jaouën is co-proprietor of Margot.
Nicolas grew up on the west coast of France in Les Sables D'Olonne.
Nicolas moved to London in 2006 and was part of opening team at Scott's in Mayfair. He moved
on to open Rivington in Dubai and later returned to London at Scott’s where he became
manager. He then helped open Balthazar for Keith McNally. Nicolas followed this up at Alain
Ducasse as restaurant director and assistant F&B for the hotel before taking a role at London
favourite La Petite Maison as general manager.
Maurizio Morelli – Executive Chef
Maurizio Morelli hails from Latina near Rome. He has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious Italian kitchens and has garnered the reputation as the master craftsman of pasta. He has studied throughout the various regions of Italy honing his skills to gain an in-depth knowledge of his country’s culinary heritage.
After graduating, he joined the Hassler Hotel in Rome perfecting a disciplined, traditional style of cuisine. In 1996, he moved to London to work at The Lanesborough Hotel, followed by a role at The Halkin Hotel alongside Stefano Cavallini, the only hotel with a Michelin star Italian restaurant in London at that time.
At the age of 24, Maurizio opened Ibla restaurant in Marylebone as head chef receiving a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide. Maurizio went on to open Latium Restaurant as chef patron in September 2003. Latium quickly gained respect as one of London’s finest Italian restaurants.
“I’m extremely excited to join Margot as the executive chef. I’ve been working in the kitchen
since I was 14 years old, progressing year after year. At Margot, I feel at the apex of my career,
working with an amazing team and using the best ingredients on the market, in a beautiful and
elegant setting. All this right in the heart of London.
It is a fantastic feeling to welcome and cook for our guests. I’m looking forward to sharing my
passion beside Paulo and Nicolas at Margot.”