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“A flying start from the former head chef at Gordon Ramsay” – in this “unmissable” yearling, Clare Smyth “has finally created a fabulous restaurant on this difficult site” (most recently Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and in days of yore, Leith’s). “If she doesn’t get at least two Michelin stars this year, it will be astounding!” given the “ethereal cuisine she delivers with confidence, exuberance and pleasure”. “Outstanding produce is allowed to really sing in the dishes” – with the emphasis on two tasting menu options – and “seasonal ingredients (really – not just the lip service you sometimes hear) are centre stage, with an interesting and rare focus on vegetables”: “I mean, how on earth can you make a humble potato so attractive and so tasty? It’s magic!” .The “light and sophisticated” room “has a relaxed feel, no tablecloths or hushed tones” and – with the “faultless”, “friendly” service – the overall effect is “a pleasant, unusually relaxed and unpompous atmosphere”. “Attention to detail is amazing, and watching the kitchen staff quietly gliding between stations behind the pass, overseen by Clare, is like watching a theatre production” STOP PRESS: Having won the ‘Top Gastronomic’ award at the Harden’s London Restaurant awards, on October 1 Michelin followed suit with the award of two stars.
Clare Smyth, former ‘chef patron’ at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – and the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars – chose this well-known site (previously Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and once the site of the original Leith’s) to launch her first solo venture in summer 2017.
Core by Clare Smyth Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It was once again a pleasure to be back at Core and experience another truly outstanding afternoon of amazing food & wine , excellent service as well as fabulous cocktails in the bar. This was our eighth visit and just like our previous visits we were well and truly catered for which is no surprise as this is a restaurant who's hospitality of the highest order from the moment you arrive until the time you depart.?When we arrived on Saturday we received another delightful welcome from Marion who is so friendly that you feel nice & relaxed straight away. We decided just like our previous visits to sit at the bar and enjoy another one of the fabulous cocktails from Head Barman Ale. This time I had the pleasure of sampling another new creation a Mezcal & Strawberry which was a lighter & refreshing take on a Negroni. My wife decided to go for the Gin & Pickle as she enjoyed it so much the last time. While enjoying our cocktails it was nice to have a catch up with Rob & Davide. Once we finished our cocktails it was time to move into the restaurant but not before receiving a welcoming wave from Clare in the kitchen and saying a quick hello to some other members of staff. We were seated in the far left corner in one of the two booths giving you a great view of the whole dining area. We were presented with the menu which consists of two tasting menus & a la carte. It was at this time that Rob came over and knowing what we'd had previously suggested that we could swap a dish from one of the other menus plus he also offered us an opportunity of a surprise course in exchange for another one of the dishes we've had before and therefore creating us a Tasting Menu menu full of new dishes. This was a fantastic gesture and one we were delighted to accept.?Before we started we got to enjoy some amazing snacks which included the ever popular Core Fried Chicken & Duck Wings. These were followed by our first course which was brought to the table by young chef George. It was a Scottish Langoustine with Wasabi Pea , Rose Geranium & Almond that was simply a work of art and tasted amazing. Our next course was the surprise and we were very honoured to be the first people to try it. The dish was Clare's take on Cheese & Onion which was a Roscoff Onion & Five Year Old Davidstow Cheddar accompanied by Cheese & Onion Brioche Rolls and was truly a delight. This dish was followed by a fabulous Roasted Monkfish with Morecombe Bay Shrimps , Swiss Chard & Brown Butter. These dishes were perfectly matched by another amazing wine selection by sommelier Gareth. His choice this time was a Barnes Buecher 2015 Rosenberg Alsace which although was aromatic & floral it was still very fresh tasting on the palate. Next to come was the Jerusalem Artichoke , Confit in Butter with Malt , Mushroom & Cheddar. This led us perfectly on to the main course of Lamb , Hogget & Mutton with Celtuce , Savoury & Black Cardamom. This dish was absolutely fantastic and definitely the highlight of the menu just as any main course should be. Before dessert we decided to have the Cheese Course which consisted of three cheeses the Colton Stilton Basset , Davidstow Cheddar & a light Goats Cheese. These were accompanied by the best Fig Rolls ever along with Crackers , Raisins , Pickle & Jelly. It was now time for desserts which started with the pre dessert The Other Carrot. This led us to the main dessert and one of the best you will ever have. It's the Core Teaser which is a take on the Malteaser and is a dessert lovers dream. We finished with Coffee & Petit Fours to round off another outstanding lunch. It really is an absolute pleasure to visit Core and I would highly recommend that everyone should come and have the experience at least once. The food inspired by Clare & Jonny is amazing which is matched by excellent wine selections from Gareth and his team of sommeliers. The service led by Rob , Davide , Tiago & Millie is first class and it's always a pleasure to have a chat with them throughout our lunch. Before we set of for home we decided to head back to the bar and enjoy another of Ale's cocktails and one of my favourites the Cognac & Prunes. On the way it was nice to stop and have a chat with head chef Jonny & sous chef Antonio. This then brought an end to another fantastic afternoon at Core and one that I can't wait to repeat in October.?A big Thank You to Clare , Jonny , Rob and the rest of the team"
"One of the best meals I’ve had in London in years - great food, slick and entertaining service, top notch"
"probably the best restaurant experience of 2019. Everything in the top rank including witty foodie surprises. Faultless?"
"How she has transformed what we used to call dinner. From the foie gras parfait to the carrot and sweet ciceley which is orange and cream yet is not too sweet, every morsel - and they are morsels - makes you think, taste, assess, evaluate, describe. The restaurant is full of people talking about what they are sampling. Quite wonderful. Meal of the year, certainly."
"The best food I have eaten in years. Have been 3 times recently - it has been been consistently fantastic. The food looks simple but the flavours and beautifully balanced and wonderfully intense"
"Superb food from a brilliant chef"
"Welcoming staff and brilliant menu"
"A truly exceptional meal with every element of the dining experience on the very highest level. The welcome was perfect, the dining room light and attractive without any excrescences that could distract from the food, our table for two was of the right size and it afforded us a view of the pass at which Clare Smyth operates with military precision, the front of house staff were properly dressed and properly schooled as well as very willing to listen to the diners and provide expert help, and as for the cuisine! - this was in the very top bracket of our list of memorable dinners compiled over 40 years of fine dining all over Europe. There are simply not enough superlatives to describe everything making up the “beginning”, the Core Seasons tasting menu, plus the “end”, which amounted to some thirteen outstanding dishes, so beautifully put together in a balanced ensemble that there was never any question of feeling stuffed. It was quite impossible to answer the inevitable question about a favourite dish when each one was a favourite in its own right with its own attractive presentation, taste and texture highlights, and top-notch degree of satisfaction. The Perigord truffle gougères were just about the best we’ve ever had, the jellied eel was great, as was the smoked duck wing, and the foie gras parfait superb. The brown crab meat, infused with lemon, with a jelly made from the shell and black truffle left an indescribably good aftertaste, and this in no way affected the soft sensation of the artichoke that followed, with nasturtium leaf adding to the wonderful combination made with the cheddar backing. Brill came next, a small portion but perfectly cooked with a lovely glaze and a touch of oyster leaf and with the caviar - just brilliant! Next we had what was basically a modern rendering of a French classic but with its own personality, absolutely out-of-this-world veal sweetbreads with langoustine and a light and dark contrast of vin jaune sauce and langoustine sauce, a dish that was as good on the eyes as on the palate. And this was also true of the next dish, where the visuals were composed of a celeriac and black truffle chess board which was populated by the tenderest of venison showing off its true taste, enhanced by the truffle, and to top it all off some terrific foie gras. We allowed ourselves to breathe normally again after all the gasping in wonder at the sequence of outstanding dishes as we dived into the palate cleanser of carrot and walnut cake mousse and carrot sorbet, which anywhere else could have been considered top of the bill. Then what we imagined was the final dish, “Core-teser” a re-imagining of the humble Malteser in what must be the lightest chocolate dessert ever, even with the pudding underneath the melt-in-the-mouth chocolate with its indulgent hazelnut ice cream and some honeycomb-like malt. But it was not the finale, and we were treated to petits fours of warm chocolate tart and intense Sauternes and Banyuls jellies which, eaten together, was simply heavenly. It is impossible to overpraise this stupendous dining experience where every single mouthful was remarkable, and we shall be making the trip up to London again just to eat at Core."
|Wine per bottle||£37.00|
92 Kensington Park Rd, London, W11 2PN
|Tuesday||6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|