RestaurantsLondonChelseaSW3

survey result

Summary

£174
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

For the umpteenth year, Gordon Ramsay’s original Chelsea launchpad for TV stardom inspires starkly differing verdicts. To its advocates, “it’s obvious why they’ve retained three Michelin Stars all these years”, given modern French cuisine from Matt Abé that’s “mind-blowing”, service that’s “gold star” and an atmosphere – in this intimately sized dining room – that really makes it “a place to savour”. (Fans likewise find eating at the 4-seater ‘Inspiration Table’ – minimum spend £1,000 – as “truly memorable” as one would hope). Its detractors remain very numerous, though! That the experience is “exquisite but too expensive compared with its peers” is, perhaps predictably, the prime accusation: “Nothing made me stop and think ‘wow’, and at over £600 for two, I expected much more. We had the chef’s choice and the kitchen seemed to have gone out of its way to make sure that the food served was sufficiently middle-of-the-road that no-one would dislike it!”.

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.

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Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
M C
All round excellent ...
Reviewed 2 months, 9 days ago

"All round excellent "

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Louise D
This place is perfect...
Reviewed 4 months, 16 days ago

"This place is perfect"

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Simone S
Wow! Was treated to lunch as a thank you, r...
Reviewed 4 months, 16 days ago

"Wow! Was treated to lunch as a thank you, really special. Entering the restaurant itself is special. The dining room has the air of a deco cruise ship, the neutral tones and carpet creating a tranquil setting. Allergies were asked after and menus were explained. The staff were friendly and well informed. The food was delicious, the amuse bouchées and palate cleanser just perfect as well. Even the crockery also made an impact on the dishes. No theatre, just perfect dishes beautifully presented. "

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Julia R
Amazing meal and service. Room itself a li...
Reviewed 4 months, 23 days ago

"Amazing meal and service. Room itself a little cold"

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Martin D
One of the best London restaurants Fantast...
Reviewed 11 months, 25 days ago

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

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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 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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