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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.
Lloyd S
What better way to continue our support for...
Reviewed 8 months, 20 days ago

"What better way to continue our support for the hospitality industry than with a visit to the 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. It's always an absolute pleasure to dine hear and should be placed very highly on everyone's places to eat list. Even in these tough times our return visit was once again amazing. The fabulous dining experience starts as soon as you enter despite the fact understandably at the moment there was no doorman to greet you. You walk up the corridor where the team are waiting for you with a delightful warm and friendly greeting. But first you have to sanitize your hands at the dispenser provided. We were then escorted to our table along the left hand side of the restaurant and once seated you could then notice the amount of covers they have lost in order to keep every table as far apart from each other as possible. I must say I personally liked the fact that the staff were not wearing face shields or masks which really does give you that feeling of normality even if it’s just for a few hours. We started with a Gin & Tonic while we were guided through the two menus available at this time. The Prestige Tasting Menu and the A la Carte. We decided to choose the Tasting Menu. While enjoying our drinks it was nice to have a chat with first Manager James and then the legend himself Mr Jean Claude Breton who it was great to see again especially after missing him on our last two visits. We were next greeted by the sommelier to choose some wine to pair with the first part of the menu. This turned out to cause us a slight bit of awkwardness as his recommendations were all from the higher end wines on the list to the fact that we decided afterwards to just have wines by the glass. So now on to the food itself which started with some amazing Cheese Gougeres. This was followed by the fabulous Bread & Butter that due to the current situation there was only one choice. We were then presented with a Tomato based Amuse Bouche that was just heaven especially the gazpacho. Now it was time for the first course a fantastic Pressed Foie Gras with cherries , pistachio & smoked duck accompanied by a piece of brioche. This was followed by my wife's favourite dish the Ravioli filled with lobster , langoustine , salmon , sorrel and I have to agree with her it is just amazing. Next to come was a truly delightful Cornish Turbot with courgette , romesco , black olive & basil that was sublime and don't worry if your not a fan of basil like myself it was so light and delicate that it enhanced the dish perfectly. Now it was time for the main course to which there was a choice so my wife had the Cumbrian Blue Grey with leek , pickled alliums & black garlic. Myself on the other hand chose the Roast Pigeon with beetroot , pickled blackberries , buckwheat and accompanied by a pigeon leg that like the two main courses was heaven. We then decided to have the Cheese Course to which they can't unfortunately bring out the amazing cheese trolley but instead offer a selection of five British & French cheeses to choose from which are accompanied by fruit bread , crackers , biscuits , chutney & grapes. To go with our cheese one of the other sommeliers Andreas matched my wife a glass of Port while myself opted for his surprise selection and a fabulous choice it was to. It was a Macvin du Jura with flavours of quince & bergamot which was one of the best sweet wines I've had the pleasure of tasting and a perfect match for the cheese. This led us to the last course and yes it's dessert time. We started first with a fabulous palate cleanser an Apricot Sorbet with saffron & sauternes that was slightly sweet but very refreshing. So now to the dessert itself and it was one that I absolutely loved. It was a Pavlova with summer berries , sarawak pepper , lemon verbena that really was heavenly and perfect way to finish especially when paired with a fantastic Johanneshof Reinisch Austrian Eiswein. We then finished with tea , coffee & petit fours to bring to an end another excellent visit to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The food created by Chef Matt Abe and his team is of the highest order with a stunning combination of flavours. The service led by James , Jean Claude and a new member of the team Lubna was excellent. I really would highly recommend a visit at least once in your lifetime. We are already looking forward to our next visit which hopefully won't be that far away. I'd like to Thank All the Team and wish them the very best for the future. #SupportHospitality"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £120.00
Lunch   £70.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 155.00 Always Available 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £8.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
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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