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September 2020:  Aussie Matt Abé is, after 10 years here, promoted to co-chef patron. Should it also be re-christened ‘Restaurant Matt Abé’? (Restaurant watchers will know that Matt Abé's wife, Sally, is chef at the Harwood Arms).

survey result

Summary

£160
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Are people just deducting points because it has Gordon’s name?” – that’s the suspicion raised by fans of the world-famous TV-chef, who – like Michelin – consider his modern French cuisine “simply unbeatable”, and extol his “early-noughties-time-warp-style” Chelsea HQ (currently presided over by head chef Matt Abé) as “the best in London”. The answer is no! – the problem is the equally sizeable number of diners who feel “safety first is the word here”, and that by the standards of top, world-class culinary genius it “doesn’t really hit the mark”: “OK-ish, but too often run-of-the-mill” or “merely average (except for the price… which is outrageous!)”.

Summary

£160
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Are people just deducting points because it has Gordon’s name?” – that’s the suspicion raised by fans of the world-famous TV-chef, who – like Michelin – consider his modern French cuisine “simply unbeatable”, and extol his “early-noughties-time-warp-style” Chelsea HQ (currently presided over by head chef Matt Abé) as “the best in London”. The answer is no! – the problem is the equally sizeable number of diners who feel “safety first is the word here”, and that by the standards of top, world-class culinary genius it “doesn’t really hit the mark”: “OK-ish, but too often run-of-the-mill” or “merely average (except for the price… which is outrageous!)”.

Summary

£169
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“He should concentrate on the cuisine at this price, not his celebrity!” The world-famous TV chef’s original solo HQ in Chelsea continues to divide opinion and scored even lower overall marks in the survey this year. Undoubtedly it still has many advocates who feel Matt Abé (who actually does all the cooking) produces a menu that’s “a total delight for the senses”, and that service is “unbeatable” (under longstanding “perfectionist” maître d’, Jean Claude Breton, plus “very helpful” sommelier James Lloyd). Critics, though, are more vocal than supporters, feeling the “food needs to move on”, or that the ambience (“limited by the layout of the room”) is “too manufactured and precious to be enjoyable”. All-in-all, Michelin’s continual failure to recognise the long-term slide here is baffling, and to continue to award this establishment three stars seems nothing more than cynical sucking up to the world’s biggest culinary media figure.

Summary

£157
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The old standard of cooking is long gone, yet the bill defies gravity…” – that’s the overall verdict on the TV chef’s “chic” (but some would say “surprisingly small and claustrophobic”) Chelsea flagship, whose long overdue turnaround would provide great material for one of his TV shows. On the plus-side, there are many loyal fans who say Matt Abe’s cuisine can be “fabulous” and who continue to laud Jean-Claude Breton’s “impeccable” service. Criticisms that the place is “stuck up”, “down a notch on previously” or just “quite underwhelming overall” are far too prevalent however, which given the “shocking prices” can lead to a sense of “crushing disappointment”. Mr Michelin Man wake up – this is not a three star performance.

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Reviews of Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
Martin D
One of the best London restaurants Fantast...
Reviewed 5 months, 4 days ago

"One of the best London restaurants Fantastic on every count"

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Lloyd S
It gave us great pleasure to be back at the...
Reviewed 5 months, 17 days ago

"It gave us great pleasure to be back at the amazing Restaurant Gordon Ramsay yesterday. This is a restaurant we’ve been coming to for the last sixteen years and have enjoyed amazing food excellent service and some fabulous wine. So therefore what was in store for us on saturday was no surprise and not hard to see why this establishment has held three michelin stars for over twenty years. On our arrival we received a warm welcome. Then after a brief chat was escorted to our table in the beautiful setting of the dining room which really does give you that homely feeling. Once seated it was great to see James & Lubna who both were pleased to see us back in the restaurant again. We started with a gin & tonic while Lubna explained the menus to us. These consisted of A la Carte , the Menu Prestige which is the classic tasting menu or the Carte Blanche menu which is created on the day and will be a surprise seven course tasting menu. While thinking about what to choose we enjoyed a delightful selection of snacks that included a fun idea called chips & dip , goat’s cheese gougeres , whipped smoked lardo tartlette’s , hiramasa kingfish. We then decided that my wife would opt for the Menu Prestige and myself choose the Carte Blanche menu. Then it was time for James to discuss what we’d like to do regarding wine and suggested that because we were having different menus we might like to go by the glass. This appealed to us so we left it to him and to be honest his choices were just perfect. MENU PRESTIGE Let me first start by guiding you through the menu prestige which began with a Spring Salad with smoked duck , hazelnut , herb cream & elderflower. This was followed by my wife’s favourite dish the Ravioli with lobster , langoustine , salmon & lemon to which the verdict was that it tasted amazing as usual. This led her onto the fish course a fantastic Cornish Turbot with courgette , romesco , black olive & basil. This led to the main course where she opted for the Herdwick Lamb with young peas , smoked belly & mint. Before dessert came a supplemented Cheese Course with crackers , bread , chutney , grapes & walnuts. Then to finish came desserts where firstly a delightful palate cleanser of a Sorbet with elderflower & strawberry. This led to the quite rich Pecan Praline Parfait with pedro ximenez & cocoa nib ice cream. This rounded of a fabulous Menu Prestige which my wife thought the flavours in each dish had certainly been enhanced to bring out even more flavours. CARTE BLANCHE MENU What was to follow for myself was nothing short of truly outstanding cuisine. This was in fact a menu that was absolutely faultless and without any question the best menu I’ve ever enjoyed at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay so congrats and thanks to chefs Matt & Kim. Please bare with me though regarding the description of each dish because as I said this was a surprise tasting menu. The menu started with probably the best Crab dish I’ve ever tasted with a mixture of brown & white crab , creme fraiche and a gel which included chamomile. This was followed by the second exquisite dish of Lobster with sour cherry & almonds. The fish course which followed was equally as stunning. A fillet of Sea Bass with caviar , buttermilk & dill made this another fabulous dish. What was to follow was probably my dish of the day and no wonder James said with a smile I think you might like it. Well I more than liked it the Dexter Beef was simply out of this world and one of the finest pieces of meat that I’ve ever tasted and together with chargrilled lettuce full of herbs , flowers , onion combined with a heavenly sauce & chickpea chips this really was a dish I’ll remember for a long time. This was followed by a delightful Cheese dish consisting of a Goat’s Cheese , apricot , macadamia nuts & a homemade honey. It was now time for dessert but not before enjoying a fabulous palate cleanser of Cucumber Sorbet with crushed sorrel ice. I then finished with an amazing strawberry Mille Feuille with vanilla , elderflower & verbena. This brought to an end a truly memorable menu and one I will never forget. We finished with tea , coffee and some fabulous Petit Fours to truly end another amazing dining experience at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. It goes without saying that I would highly recommend a visit here at least once in your lifetime. The food created by chef Matt Abe and his team was simply stunning. The service led by Lubna was as friendly and professional as it could be. Thanks also to James and his sommeliers for a fabulous selection of wine that matched our food perfectly. Thank You Matt , Kim , James , Lubna and all the team for an amazing dining experience and look forward to seeing you all again soon"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 160.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Main
£130.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
68-69 Royal Hospital Rd, London, SW3 4HP
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
SundayCLOSED

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