Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Kensington And Chelsea
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Kensington And Chelsea restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 23 restaurants in Kensington And Chelsea and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Kensington And Chelsea restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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. Core by Clare Smyth
British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
92 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“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.
Middle Eastern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
7-9 Bute St - SW7
A “different and very refreshing” formula combining “helpful service” and “consistently delicious and inventive Levantine food” all at affordable prices for the area wins enthusiasm for this “cheerful” café in the heart of South Kensington’s French quarter. (A second branch has just opened in Soho at 11 D’Arblay Street, W1.)
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
65 King's Rd - SW3
“Fabulous breads and pastries” (as well as “better coffee than some of the favourites”) bring a taste of ‘the boulangeries and patisseries of rural France’ to the three west London sites operated by this outfit from Nantes.
Chicken restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
180-182 Earls Court Road - SW5
Fried chicken and spaghetti with sweet hot dog sauce may not sound that interesting, but when the first European branch of Filipino fast food chain Jollibee opened in Milan in early 2018, people queued for HOURS to try it. Jollibee has been ‘bringing chicken joy’ for over 40 years in over 750 locations – and now it’s our turn with this opening, in October 2018, on the former Earl’s Court Wagamama site.
Mediterranean restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
209 Westbourne Park Road - W11
The Notting Hill site that was formerly Bumpkin (RIP) has had a change of fortune: Emily Roux (yes, daughter of Michel) and her husband Diego Ferrari (currently head chef at Le Gavroche) have taken it over with a view to creating this October 2018 newcomer with its own, er, character (geddit!). A blend of French and Italian cuisines is promised, but the style is to be simple and seasonal rather than ‘fayne dayning’.
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