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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road, LONDON, SW3 4HP

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It's hard to keep track, but at the last count the Ramsay brand extended to 30 or so venues around the globe, taking in 14 addresses in London, a brace apiece for France and Italy, a sprinkling of locations across Asia and the Middle East, and venues across the pond from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. The Royal Hospital Road venue remains the flagship, first opening its doors in 1998 when the young Ramsay stamped his irascible presence on the UK's gastronomic map. The man has a long history of nurturing talent, giving his chefs the space to develop, and Clare Smyth has not only made the place her own since she took charge of the kitchen in 2008, but is now a business partner with the title of chef-patron. In turn, Smyth mentors head chef Matt Abé, passing on the constant pursuit of perfection that defines the Ramsay identity. The dining room is surprisingly intimate - just 45 or so seats - with clean-lined, art deco-influenced looks and plush, pastel-hued tones giving a sophisticated sheen to the space. The service, led by Jean-Claude Breton, has long been a stand-out feature of a visit, and it remains gracious and extremely proficient, with his charming manner making every guest feel like a regular visitor. The fixed-price lunch menu represents remarkable value, making it the entry point for anyone looking to sample the RGR experience on a budget (relatively speaking...), while the Prestige and Seasonal Inspiration menus offer the opportunity to go the whole hog at the high-rolling end of the spectrum. The food has always been grounded in French classical ways, but there are some more contemporary, global accents driving the kitchen these days - hence the appearance of yuzu, radish, kombu and oyster emulsion in the supporting cast for a starter of Cornish brown and king crab salad, or the ras el hanout-flavoured broth that adds a sultry, multi-faceted note to top-class poached Isle of Gigha halibut partnered with Atlantic king crab and lime. But if classically elegant French indulgence is what floats your boat, you might start from the à la carte menu with sautéed foie gras and roasted veal sweet breads, their unctuous richness offset by carrots, almonds and the trenchant edge of Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar, and follow with roast pigeon matched with the revelatory flavours of fennel, lavender, honey and blood orange. Desserts like clementine parfait with olive oil, orange mint and lemon thyme display the same level of technical virtuosity and spectacular presentation, while cheese lovers should not even think about letting the trolley pass by. The wallet-denting wine list is a serious piece of work with the world's best producers vying for your attention, and sommelier Jan Konetzki and his team to steer the way.

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Tel: 020 7352 4441
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Open/closed

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

Restaurant information

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

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £65.00
3 Course dinner from: £110.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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