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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road, LONDON, SW3 4HP

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There are more than a dozen Ramsay restaurants in the UK, a host of addresses Stateside (from New York to West Hollywood), plus France, Italy and Qatar. It all started back here at Royal Hospital Road in 1998, when a then 31-year-old Mr Ramsay got the keys to his first place. Clare Smyth has been in charge of the kitchen at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay since 2008, and now has the title chef-patron. Ramsay has a long history of nurturing talent, giving his chefs the scope to develop, and Clare Smyth has made RGR her own. It's a plush room with an art deco finish, and despite the relatively small scale of the space, there's enough room between tables and an air of exclusivity all round. The service, led by Jean-Claude Breton, has long been a stand-out feature of a visit, and it remains charming, gracious and extremely proficient. There are a host of menus to choose from, starting with the set lunch (not so much a bargain as a decent entry point), and extending up to the 'Seasonal Inspiration' tasting menu, which consists of seven inspired courses. Ramsay's favoured cooking style has always come under the modern French banner, which continues under Clare Smyth, with lots of luxury ingredients of quite outstanding quality. From the carte, a first course dish of poached Scottish lobster tail with lardo di Colonnata, pickled vegetables and coral vinaigrette is a stunning combination, the flavours judged just right, while another consists of a pressing of foie gras with green apples, turnips and smoked duck. Everything is presented with visual impact, every flavour and texture plays its part in creating the complete dish. Main-course Cornish turbot is baked on the bone and served with seaweed and Palourde clams, while another main puts Cotswold lamb at the centre of things, with its best end, braised shank, confit breast and shoulder. There are cheeses from the trolley - perfect, truly - and desserts like an English peppermint soufflé with a bitter chocolate sorbet display the same level of technical virtuosity and spectacular presentation. To cap it all off, the wine list, under the auspices of sommelier Jan Konetzki, is a serious piece of work packed with goodies from the world's top producers (at a price of course).

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Days closed: Sat-Sun
Dates closed: 1 wk Xmas

Restaurant information

Cooking type: French, European
Chef: Gordon Ramsay, Clare Smyth
Number of seats: 45
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 
 
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