Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Chelsea
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Chelsea restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 78 restaurants in Chelsea and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Chelsea restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Five Fields British, Modern restaurant in Chelsea 8-9 Blacklands Ter - SW3
“More like the Elysian fields!”: Taylor Bonnyman’s “congenial” but “unpretentious” Chelsea HQ (founded in 2013) doesn’t court publicity, but emerged with the survey’s highest food rating this year. With its “sophisticated” interior, “spectacular wine list” and “wonderful” service – “impeccably timed, professional, yet warm” – it’s long been hailed as an “outstanding all-rounder”. But it has hit a particularly impressive and consistent culinary stride in recent times, with not a single negative report received this year (and we received many reports). Head chef, Marguerite Keogh “strives for perfection, and the care and attention to detail of ingredients processed and plated is second to none”, delivering “divinely flavoured dishes” in a mould that’s “classic in style, but very modern in execution” – “witty and inventive, without being up itself or over-fussy”. Much of the produce is sourced from the restaurant’s own garden in East Sussex. Choose at lunch or dinner from a prix fixe three-course menu or alternative tasting option.
2. Hans’ Bar & Grill British, Modern restaurant in Chelsea 164 Pavilion Road - SW1X
“A good addition to the area, but standards can be a bit rough and ready” is a balanced view on this “nice, bright venue” in a super-cute enclave off Sloane Street that’s part of nearby luxury boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens. On most accounts, its “all-day menu is not too expensive for the area” making it a versatile choice for a meet-up in Chelsea; but there’s the odd ‘off’ report of meals “offering a masterclass of how not to do it”.
3. Kutir Indian restaurant in Chelsea 10 Lincoln Street - SW3
Rohit Ghai has done it again at his late-2018 newcomer: the latest occupant of the “cosy” and “romantic” (if “on-the-quiet-side”) Chelsea townhouse, which for many years was another premier Indian (Rasoi Vineet Bhatia, RIP). Practically all reports are a hymn of praise to his “faultless cooking”, which has immediately propelled it into London’s very top tier for nouvelle Indian cuisine.
4. Medlar British, Modern restaurant in Chelsea 438 King's Rd - SW10
“Well worth a visit in this remote corner of Chelsea”: this “outstanding oasis in Worlds End” has won a big culinary reputation, and chef Joe Mercer-Nairne “maintains high standards year-in-year-out”, with a “classic French approach that’s not so over-refined as to suck enjoyment out of it”. “Very good ingredients are cooked with great care, love and attention, but not overdone, nor over-fancy”. Service is of a very “high class” too, while the interior is “sophisticated” (“if a little cramped”). “It’s another surprising omission from the Michelin star list: is it because it’s at the wrong end of the King’s Road?”
5. Pellicano Restaurant Italian restaurant in Chelsea 19-21 Elystan St - SW3
2018 Review: “You’re always assured a good welcome when going to this lively Italian” in a quiet Chelsea backwater, which serves a “limited, primarily Sardinian menu”. “Gold star to them for making visits with children and/or grandparents so relaxed!”
6. Terra Vergine Italian restaurant in Chelsea 442 King's Rd - SW10
2016 Review: “Featuring food and wine from the Abruzzo” – a “very authentic” Chelsea operation, where “extremely fresh and unusual ingredients are prepared with great attention to detail”; “you could be in Italy, from the number of Italians who dine there”.
7. Rabbit British, Modern restaurant in Chelsea 172 King’s Rd - SW3
“Truly delicious tapas” showcasing “great farm-sourced food”, with “some robust, well-judged flavours” win ongoing appreciation for the Gladwin brothers’ five-year-old King’s Road operation. There’s also a “cool vibe” to the “quirkily decorated room – loved it!”.
8. Wulf & Lamb Vegetarian restaurant in Chelsea 243 Pavilion Road - SW1X
“Never thought vegan food could be so guilt-inducing!”: this self-consciously decadent plant-based two-year-old – under ex-Vanilla Black chef Franco Casoli in a “lovely” mews off Sloane Square – is “just a damn good restaurant in many ways… unlike many other vegans that seem to equate vegan food with a depressing ambience!”. “The only grumble is the need to go downstairs to order”.
9. Kurobuta Japanese restaurant in Chelsea 351 Fulham Road - SW10
2019 Review: The “mish-mash of very tasty plates” can still win praise these “fun”, Japanese-inspired izakayas in Chelsea and Marble Arch. The odd fear is raised that “it’s gone really downhill” since it was sold by founder, Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth, in 2017, particularly at the W2 branch, but the ratings in SW3 are pretty consistent.
10. Stecca Italian restaurant in Chelsea 14 Hollywood Rd - SW10
Hit and miss feedback on this Italian two-year-old, in a posh side street opposite the entrance to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital. On the plus side, all reports rate the cooking as good or better. But it can also seem pricey for what it is, and meals don’t always run like clockwork: “the management and the regular clientele were treating the place as the most remarkable restaurant in this part of the world, but our service was very up and down, to the extent they gave us free puddings”.
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