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February 2020: Toby Burrowes -- head chef since opening (under owner/Exec Head Chef Phil Howard) -- has announced he is quitting.

survey result

Summary

£88
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Phil Howard “is going from strength to strength” at his “vibrant and lively” four-year-old, tucked away in a chichi Chelsea backstreet, where survey ratings scaled new heights this year. Deceptively, the slightly “austere” room “has the feel of a high-quality, neighbourhood local, but standards of food and service are, by contrast, top class”. “Phil has gone back to basics” with his culinary approach and his “beautiful, clever dishes are a delight”: “really inspired cooking using seasonal ingredients and recipes” with a “light touch” and “superb precision”. Famously, he’s more ‘flexitarian’ in approach than when he was at The Square and “while it’s not a vegetarian restaurant, it delivers some of the most interesting gastronomic vegetarian dishes ever!” Service is “outstanding” too – “interested, engaged and good communicators”.

Summary

£88
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Phil Howard “is going from strength to strength” at his “vibrant and lively” three-year-old, tucked away in a chichi Chelsea backstreet, where survey ratings scaled new heights this year. Deceptively, the slightly “austere” room “has the feel of a high-quality, neighbourhood local, but standards of food and service are, by contrast, top class”. “Phil has gone back to basics” with his culinary approach and his “beautiful, clever dishes are a delight”: “really inspired cooking using seasonal ingredients and recipes” with a “light touch” and “superb precision”. Famously, he’s more ‘flexitarian’ in approach than when he was at The Square and “while it’s not a vegetarian restaurant, it delivers some of the most interesting gastronomic vegetarian dishes ever!” Service is “outstanding” too – “interested, engaged and good communicators”.

Summary

£107
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Phil Howard’s “exciting”, yet “unfussy” food (“at last, a top chef that has the confidence to cook a beautifully balanced meal and not hide behind another two-bite tasting menu”) “pushes the boundaries, whilst feeling familiar; and always has fabulous vegetarian options that highlight the joys of the freshest in-season produce” (“roasted cabbage was my main dish of the year… and I’m no veggie!”). As a result, a massive fan club “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE” his Chelsea two-year-old, whose “restrained, light and spacious decor” and “professional” approach help set up a “thoroughly civilised and relaxed experience”. But even those who consider the cuisine here “top class” can feel prices are “astronomical”, and this “casual” space can also appear “canteen-like” and far too “noisy” for somewhere in this league.

Summary

£98
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Elystan Street Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Elystan Street Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Elystan Street restaurant.
Chris D
modern elegant cooking....
Reviewed 12 days ago

"modern elegant cooking."

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Hannah K
Really wanted to like the food here but it ...
Reviewed 25 days ago

"Really wanted to like the food here but it was so salty it could have killed a child. Atmosphere was lovely. Wine was good (so it should be for £80) found the service a bit so so. I was a little disappointed having eaten here as the takeaway we had in lockdown we excused for being to salty as food had to travel. Veggie options felt pretty unimaginative & tasted similar to each other. "

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Maureen H
Splendid cooking, full of bright, light fla...
Reviewed 26 days ago

"Splendid cooking, full of bright, light flavours. The perfect meal to break lockdown with. There's nothing radical here, but from the black truffle strozzapreti to the turbot with morels and the lamb with ewe's curds, everything was made to please. We were pleased. It's a lovely dining room and faultless service."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £30.00
SundayLunch   £50.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£17.00 £35.00 £14.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑2145 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑2145 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑2145 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑2145 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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