Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Kensington And Chelsea
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Kensington And Chelsea restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 53 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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1. 7 Saints British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 7 All Saints Road - W11
On the site that was Ripe Tomato (RIP), James Gummer’s (former maître d’ at The Wolseley) popular yearling is praised as “a neighbourhood spot that has it all”: a “monthly changing”, “short-but-impossible-to-choose-from menu” and an ambience “like going to a friend’s house and being left to do what you want in the privacy of your own table”.
2. Il Pampero Italian restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 20 Chesham Place - SW1X
2018 Review: With an interior aiming to ‘embody chic and vintage glamour’, this new hotel dining room in Belgravia delivers a traditional Italian menu, under chef Claudio Covino – only limited feedback so far, but all positive.
3. Buvette French restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 9 Blenheim Crescent - W11
NYC bistro launched a site here in late 2020 (takeaway only until April 2021) to join outposts in Paris and Tokyo; like the original there's French-inspired décor and menu, plus a shop and natural wines.
4. Caractère Mediterranean restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 209 Westbourne Park Road - W11
“Absolutely the best new restaurant in the past year or so” – the Roux dynasty have come up trumps with this “great newbie in the Notting Hill ’hood”, on the site of Bumpkin (RIP). It’s the brainchild of Michel Roux’s daughter Emily Roux and her husband Diego Ferrari (former head chef at Le Gavroche). “Just around the corner from The Ledbury, but half the price and less formal” – it provides a “fabulous all-round experience”, founded on “outstanding” and “creative” cooking “born out of two great cuisines: French and Italian”. (However, “the unusual menu layout does take a moment to puzzle out”, with headings like Curious, Subtle and Greedy). “Impeccable service” and the “very comfortable” space, decorated with “quirky touches” complete the experience. Top Tip – “don’t miss the celeriac ‘cacio e pepe’”.
5. Core by Clare Smyth British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 92 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“The third Michelin star must be on its way” say fans of Clare Smyth’s “world class” one-year-old, which – after its “brilliant start” – is much “better than Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road” (her former gig); and was the most-nominated restaurant in the survey this year for providing London’s top gastronomic experience. Occupying the Notting Hill venue that some still recall as Leith’s (long RIP), she has created a “smart-but-unintimidating” space, where “superb, friendly, and unpompous staff” steer a course between “slight informality” (no tablecloths) and being “highly professional”. And “Clare and head chef Johnnie always make time to say hello”. “So much original thought has gone in” to the “masterfully-blended dishes, showing occasional idiosyncratic touches” to create “precise, exquisite morsels that look like art on a plate and taste fabulous (if at a high price tag)”. “Words aren’t enough to describe the journey your taste buds go on!”. “Unfortunately, however, it has become almost impossible to book”. Top Menu Tip – “I never thought a potato could taste that good!”
6. Orasay Scottish restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 31 Kensington Park Road - W11
As “a welcome arrival in the area”, Jackson Boxer’s “friendly and unpretentious” new venture (which oldies will think of as opposite the long-RIP 192) commands a lot of support from Notting Hill locals, and it’s drawing a “fun crowd”, including a few famous faces. The cuisine focuses on the Hebridean islands where Boxer spent childhood summers: to fans, results are “superb”, but one or two reporters feel “good ingredients are fussily assembled” to create dishes that are merely “good but not amazing”.
7. The Sea, The Sea Fish & seafood restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 174 Pavilion Road - SW3
“Fish shop by day and seafood restaurant by night”, this “cutely-situated”, mid-2019 yearling, in an über-chichi enclave off Sloane Street, comes from the same stable as Bonnie Gull, and has won instant acclaim as a “great entrant to the London seafood scene”. “Minimalist decor” sets a tone where the focus is on pristine ingredients zhooshed up with a bit of culinary magic by chef Leandro Carreria: beautiful, if “very expensive”. You can also eat there at lunch, but with “no mains, desserts or coffee”.
8. Ceru Middle Eastern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 7-9 Bute St - SW7
“Brilliant”, “fresh” and “unusual” Levantine flavours; “cheerful and helpful staff”; and “sunnily charming decoration” ensure these “above-average”, modern Middle Eastern bistros are “invariably lively and bustling”. The SW7 branch is a well-known fixture of the ‘Petit France’ enclave of South Kensington, while its two-year-old spin-off has made a good start establishing itself at the top end of Soho – “you can understand the popularity when food of such a high standard is produced at such very reasonable prices”.
9. No. Fifty Cheyne British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 50 Cheyne Walk - SW3
“Extremely well-appointed, and featuring an open grill” – this Chelsea yearling, picturesquely located right by the river near Albert Bridge, bears many of the hallmarks of its elegant predecessor on the site, the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, which has undergone a complete rebuild under the watchful eye of Sally Greene (Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s). Chef Iain Smith (formerly head chef at Social Eating House) provides the eats for the 70-seat restaurant. Top Tip – the cocktail bar and drawing room upstairs, is a particularly fab space with brilliant views.
10. Adam Handling Chelsea British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea The Belmond Cadogan, 75 Sloane Street - SW1X
Sloane Street’s old Cadogan Hotel – formerly a creaky, old Chelsea anachronism – has been transformed to join the über-luxurious Belmond portfolio: it now provides a “gorgeous” and luxurious backdrop to a meal (“perfect to impress a client in Chelsea”). Wunderkind chef, Adam Handling, is in charge of the dining room, and fans say that his individualistic cuisine is “knock-out”: “from the bread with chicken-butter onwards, everything about this menu is now the best of modern British”. However, there’s also a slightly worrying proportion of disgruntled reports too: “as a massive fan of Adam Handling’s Frog restaurants and even his cooking at Caxton Grill back in the day, I was anticipating greatness from AH Chelsea. But the food was sorely disappointing, confused, and as such, very overpriced. Hoping the food matches its surroundings soon!”
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