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survey result

Summary

£105
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Former Square chef, “Philip Howard’s magical touch” is evident in much of the “very well-realised, modern and light” ‘flexitarian’ cuisine at his grown-up HQ, in one of the posh side streets surrounding Brompton Cross. Ambience-wise, it’s not a riot, but “unustuffy”, “very civilised and not noisy”. Incidents of “inept performance” post-Covid continue to drag on its rating for service, but most reporters are “very well looked after” and a typical report is of a “truly delightful” meal.

Summary

£103
£££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Phil Howard – “in a former life, the chef at The Square, where he held two Michelin stars” – continues to deliver “sophisticated, precise and light” ‘flexitarian’ cuisine at his “quietly situated” Chelsea HQ, where he has been ensconced for the last six years now. It’s rather “grown up” in style – “the atmosphere is very much of understated wellbeing” and the room “spacious”. As at some other establishments, though, the pressures of the era dent its ratings this year: “post Covid, the previously first class service is not quite as slick as it was: still professional, but just missing a beat every now and then”, and this can sometimes lead to a “lacklustre” overall impression. Many fans, though, still feel “you can’t go wrong” here. Top Tip – “fair wine prices”.

Summary

£96
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Full of bright, light flavours” – and from a superbly imaginative, “fresh and varied menu” – Phil Howard’s “splendid” ‘flexitarian’ cuisine continues to delight and inspire at this Chelsea five-year-old, in a chichi backstreet. “No expense accounters here – just real people spending their own money on wonderful food in a really friendly contemporary environment”, and with notably “attentive but unobtrusive” staff. Its ratings blipped slightly this year, and even a diner reporting his best meal of the year felt it was “struggling to find its rhythm, as so many places are post-lockdown”. More typically, though, diners “are thrilled to come back here”“during the lockdowns, he kept us going with civilized, assemble-at-home meals, but the reopening has made us realize what a master he is. Carry on!!!”.

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”.

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43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT

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No dress code
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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.
Jeremy B
Heavy sauces and some unusual combinations ...
Reviewed 1 months, 22 days ago

"Heavy sauces and some unusual combinations spoilt the food. And we had a table with no overhead light, so when the room lights were dimmed we couldn’t see what we were eating; rookie error that could easily be fixed if management were paying attention."

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Gordon Y
The food was excellent but slightly let dow...
Reviewed 9 months, 25 days ago

"The food was excellent but slightly let down by the service which was a bit scatty. However, I made two visits later and things were improving."

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Nadia C
Top tasting menu...
Reviewed 9 months, 26 days ago

"Top tasting menu"

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Geoffrey P
Top notch simple set lunch...
Reviewed 11 months, 22 days ago

"Top notch simple set lunch"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £35.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00   6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£26.50 £39.00 £0.00 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £62.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Bread £7.00
Service 15.00%
43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑2100 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑2100 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑2100 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑2100 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑21 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm

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