Chef Phil Howard - perhaps best known for his 25 years at the helm of The Square, Mayfair - has paired up with Rebecca Mascarenhas once again to launch a new, modern British restaurant. Elystan Street takes over the former Chelsea site of Tom Aikens Restaurant.
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“A vast improvement over the late and not-lamented Restaurant Tom Aikens that previously occupied this space” – Phil Howard’s Chelsea yearling (in partnership with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas) has proved one of the better openings of the year, with a “mature reinvention” of his style at The Square: a seasonal, ‘Flexitarian’ approach that’s “bang-up-to-date, light, fresh, modern and exciting!” Feedback is not totally free of quibbles though – in particular even for the area it’s “pricey” (especially given the more fuss-free style) – and the interior is a tad “sexless”.
Chef Phil Howard, famous for his 25 years at the helm of The Square, Mayfair, has paired up with Rebecca Mascarenhas once again to launch a new, modern British restaurant, on the former Chelsea site of Tom Aikens Restaurant, opening in October 2016. A ‘flexitarian’ approach with more emphasis on vegetables is promised by comparison with the more protein-led cuisine at The Square. Stop Press – early press critiques are very upbeat.
Elystan Street Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Decided to go to the restaurant not put off by the review that says overpoweringly tasteless as that’s totalogically impossible. On arrival I was greeted politely and shown to my table. I was slightly arty and the restaurant was quiet, although by the time I left Is was over 50% full, not bad for a Monday lunch time. Varied fascinating menu, had to choose, the starter jumper out at me, but the main I was undecided, staff said that Phil said the Cod was particularly good, so I took the advice. Staff are interested, engage and good communicators too. Starter was a Mallard wood pigeon and fallow dear (new to the menu apparently) was quite superb with delicious trimmings too. Main as cod with a sweet corn sauce that was unusual, but one of my favourite vegetables. The dessert was figs in port with lemon thyme ice cream. I was, after the starter, ready to say that the starter was already the highlight, but then I ate the dessert and wow it was quite sensational. I was tak n downstairs to meet Phil, who is even nicer and more passionate than even he comes over on TV. What a great guy! Toilets little but beautifully clean. As it worth thebtrip.....oh goodness yes, delightful staff superb food stunningly well presented and flavours are delicious and beautifully cooked too."
"Have visited several times"
"What a delight. Widely spaced tables, no music and excellent efficient service and that's before we get to the food. Every dish was superb but one was world class (curried lentil veloute). Great value for money (we went for lunch). We will be back!"
"Have visited this restaurant twice recently;once for dinner and once for lunch.The food at dinner was faultless with the double cooked cheese soufle outstanding. Also the sweetbreads stood out as particularly good.Good wine list.Not the most exciting room and in some ways I thought it worked better at lunch with daylight.Definitely worth visiting."
"A welcome addition to the Chelsea scene. Outstanding cooking let down by slightly overbearing service - we didn't really want the waiter to be part of our party."
43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT
|Monday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm-2:45 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm-3:15 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|