Harden's survey result
“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.
“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.
Clare Smyth’s departure – with Matt Abe taking up the reins – has stymied the recovery of GR’s Chelsea flagship. Fans do still laud this “grown-up and charming” chamber as “amazing on every level”, and the service in particular remains “exceptional”. Ratings fell back significantly this year however, with numerous attacks on modern French cuisine that’s “rather blah, fine-dining-by-numbers” and “way, way, way too expensive”. The chasm between reality and Michelin’s three stars has never looked greater here.
Slowly but surely, GR’s Chelsea flagship is clawing its way back into London’s very top tier. As yet, it still inspires too many gripes about a “boring” experience at “stratospheric” prices, but year-on-year the ‘swingometer’ is steadily heading in the direction of its admirers who – lauding Clare Smyth’s “absolutely impeccable” cuisine – say “the bill is eye-watering, but after such a superb meal, you won’t care!” Stop Press – in early October 2015, Clare Smyth announced that she was stepping back, to open her own place in Autumn 2016. Her No 2. Matt Abe will succeed her here.
Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Diner Reviews
"This visit to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay will live long in our memory just like the previous visits have done. Unfortunately it has been two years since our last visit but now that the restaurant is open on a Saturday especially lunchtime gives us more opportunities to dine here in the future. The evening started with a nice greeting from the doorman before entering the restaurant. You walk along the corridor to then arrive and receive the friendliest of greetings from a few members of staff. We were then escorted to our table in the dining room which really does give you the feeling that your in the comfort of your own living room. It was then time to meet Assistant Manager Zoe who remembered us from a previous visit so it was nice to have a little catch up. She then presented us with the menus and also explained about the specials that were available that evening. On this occasion we opted to go for the three course A la Carte with the added extra of the cheese course. This was due to my wife who had never had the cheese here. Once we'd made our decisions on the food it was then time to meet the sommelier who asked what thoughts we had on our wine choices. We asked as we were having the A la Carte if she could match each course to which she was more than happy to do so. The evenings delights started with a fabulous selection of snacks followed by a fantastic Amuse Bouche a take on a Welsh Rarebit in an egg shell. Starters? We started with the fabulous signature dish the Lobster , Langoustine , Salmon & Sorrel Ravioli and the equally stunning Sweetbreads with Jerusalem Artichoke , Pickled Walnut & Brown Butter. Mains? For our main courses we enjoyed a fantastic Cornish Turbot with Maitake , Black Garlic & Jus Gras as well as the amazing Suckling Pig of Crispy Belly , Roasted Loin , Spiced Shoulder Sausage with Chou Farci & Crushed Potatoes. Cheese Course? Before moving on to dessert and to the extreme delight of my wife it was time for the cheese course. Here you had a wonderful selection of cheeses to choose from including my wife's favourite the Stinking Bishop these were accompanied by crackers , fruit bread , walnuts , grapes , fig & apricot Desserts? After enjoying a delightful palate cleanser it was time for desserts one being the Mont Blanc with Smoked Chestnut , Buckwheat & Buttermilk and the other was the most heavenly Chocolate Soufflé with Coffee Ice Cream Before we had coffee & petit fours Zoe came over to us and said that Chef Matt Abe would like to have a chat with us in the kitchen if we'd like to do so. Well we couldn't refuse really and so glad we did as Matt is a very nice person and you could clearly see the passion that drives him on. It certainly was an honour to meet him and to chat about food and also how he was putting his own stamp on the restaurant. He was also clearly delighted that the restaurant had retained its 3 Michelin Stars. It was also a pleasure throughout the evening to chat to Zoe & Head Sommelier James. Petit Fours? We finished with a fabulous selection of petit fours including the famous white chocolate balls which were filled with coconut ice cream as well as the addition of a small chocolate cake to celebrate my wife's birthday This brought an end to a truly amazing evening where the food was outstanding and matched by excellent wine choices. The service from James , Zoe and all the team was first class. Meeting Matt really was the icing on the cake. We will definitely not be leaving it so long before we return. I would have to say for a special treat then a visit to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is a must as there's a reason why it has 3 Michelin Stars.? I'd like to finish by saying a massive Thank You to everyone at the restaurant for making our evening amazing. So until next time All the Best"
68-69 Royal Hospital Rd, London, SW3 4HP
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|Friday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6:30 pm-10:15 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:15 pm, 6:30 pm-10:15 pm|