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AA Restaurant of the Year (London) 2017-18
AA rating

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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High-flying cooking delivering brilliance at every turn

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

With his long-running reputation as an A-list chef at The Square, Phil Howard hit the ground running in his next venture in this discreetly posh Chelsea neighbourhood gaff. Its bare tables, pale wood floors and curvy, pastel-hued seats have a Nordic simplicity that chimes well with the more relaxed culinary approach. Howard’s right-hand man Toby Burrowes followed from The Square to lead the team on a day-to-day basis; his technical abilities are beyond question and the kitchen delivers brilliance at every turn. There’s a tendency for vegetables to get star billing these days, perhaps in an opener of roasted and shaved cauliflower with cashew cream, pickled mushrooms, toasted almonds, truffle and Mimolette cheese. Next up, top-notch materials inspire a full-on dish of peppered rib-eye and glazed short rib of beef, the richness ramped up further by bacon and stout jam, potato galettes and chanterelles. Fish dishes might take in wild zander fillet with creamed lentils, smoked eel, leek hearts and grain mustard. To finish, maybe Brillat-Savarin cheesecake, its lush creaminess counterpointed by blood orange and cardamom.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas
  • Days closed: 1 January, 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Philip Howard, Toby Burrowes

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 217
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Starter from: £19
  • Main course from: £25
  • Dessert from: £10
  • 2-course lunch from: £35
  • 3-course lunch from: £42.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Nearest train station

South Kensington
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