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‘Absolutely incredible!’ is just one superlative verdict on this gently refined neighbourhood star. A ‘sharp’ interior of mirrors and green banquettes plays its part, likewise ‘polished’ service – both owners trained at Wandsworth’s Chez Bruce, so they know a thing or two about local values. However, it’s the stunningly creative cooking that really wows: thick-cut carpaccio of bream with seaweed purée and prawn tempura; cleverly dissected roast poussin with sautéed spätzle, caramelised shallot, pied bleu mushroom and cauliflower purée; crème chiboust with strawberries and honeycomb; and a superb whiffy cheeseboard. It’s all about delicacy, finesse and ‘poised harmonious flavours’. Prices tick the box, too, with one diner marvelling at a ‘world-class’ lunch for just £26. Throw in a much-lauded wine list with lots by the glass, and you have a near-perfect neighbourhood package.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 17 April 2014

    londonfoodaholic :: REVIEW: Medlar, King

    Now if there was one thing i rarely do, it's make repeat visits to restaurants. Of course i fall in love with some, but the problem is i always feel like i'm missing out on the latest new opening, or one which the critics are going mad about. A late treat to my mother for Mothering Sunday (as i was abroad) is the only reason for my return. I remembered the last meal i had at Medlar was excellent and the added perk of it being only a few minutes from my flat sold it to me - especially for those of us who enjoy a drink, or two. Our love for wine definitely runs in the blood - and courses through mine.

    Anyway...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 5 December 2012

    Samphire and Salsify :: Medlar

    Medlar is a Michelin starred restaurant situated on the Kings Road in Chelsea. It’s owned by Joe Mercer Nairne (chef) and David O’Connor (front of house) who both have pretty impressive CV’s between them, having worked in many of the countries top restaurants.

    We didn’t find it the easiest of restaurants to get to as it’s a good 20 minute walk from Sloane Square tube station and we struggled to find pay and display parking close by but boy oh boy was it worth the struggle to get there...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 30 May 2013

    vialaporte :: Medlar* // Chelsea // London

    Medlar is a neighbourhood restaurant in Chelsea, cooking in a French classical style. Co-owned by Joe Mercer Nairne and David O’Connor (both of former Michelin fame), Medlar was awarded a single star in 2013. It has a contemporary décor with a cosy and semi casual feel...
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  1. Medlar Restaurant is a rustic little number on Kings Road occupying the site that was once Vama Restaurant. It serves French ‘style’ food, but as the Medlar website states it also draws inspiration from “all over”. The restaurant was founded by a couple of experienced old hands of the restaurant trade. Head Chef and owner Joe Mercer Nairne honed his skills at Chez Bruce, The Savoy Grill and the big hitting Sydney restaurant Rockpool, and front of house is run by his business partner David O’Connor who was previously at The Square and The Ledbury.
    A reading of the Medlar menu suggests food that is warm and satisfying,...
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  1. Published : Friday, 24 May 2013

    My Friends Recommend :: Medlar

    What do you get if you cross a newly awarded Michelin-starred restaurant with rave reviews from the who’s who of restaurant critics, including the terrifyingly brutal Mr AA Gill himself? Answer: Medlar in Chelsea...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 22 August 2013

    Nomface :: Medlar, London

    We kicked things off during a recent trip to London with a visit to one Michelin star restaurant Medlar for Saturday lunch. A steal at 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30. We noticed a good mix of meat and seafood dishes on the menu. Mr Nom found it quite hard to decide between the duck egg tart with red wine sauce, turnip puree, lardons and sautéed duck heart or the sea bream carpaccio with sauce vierge, tempura prawn, seaweed and cucumber...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 29 June 2013

    THIS LITTLE PIGGY LOVES FOOD! :: MEDLAR

    I recently went to Medlar with my fiancé Pascal. Several friends have been and really recommended it plus it has been on my restaurant list since it opened 2 years ago!! I was really excited and had been drooling over the menu for days beforehand and obviously the foodspotting photos too. Thankfully Medlar did not disappoint.Medlar is set up by two guys who used to work together at Chez Bruce and according to their website they aim to cook seasonal ingredients from the British Isles and Europe accurately and simply. The style is French based but takes inspiration from all over.It felt great to be going to a smart...
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  1. Published : Monday, 27 May 2013

    Sybaricious :: Medlar, Chelsea

    I love Medlar. Turn round and walk away now if you're expecting one of my occasional scathing, sharp tongued rants, this is going to be nothing but an homage to what has incredibly quickly become my favourite London restaurant. Since my first visit towards the end of 2012 I have already returned far more often than the waistband of my jeans would like but its formula of great, relaxed service, perfectly executed food and a delicious, varied wine list makes it irresistible. Medlar made an understated but immediately acclaimed entrance into the London food scene in April 2011.  Its more public prominence came about...
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  1. Published : Friday, 30 August 2013

    Saying it straight :: Medlar. Not an open-ers in sight.

    It’s been hovering around on my list for some considerable time, mostly due to the fact that it’s at the open-arse end of the King’s Road, in Chelsea. Near the Harbour. Too far to take a cheap cab and no decent buses home. Obviously I’m not going to drive there. Not with that wine list.


    But now I’ve been, I realise that unlike other places, which have been raved about by others and found wanting, this place justifies the hype. I will be coming back often...
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  1. Published : Monday, 5 August 2013

    inher30s :: A Medlar anniversary

    Medlar is located on the Kings Road – at the opposite end from the hubbub of Sloane’s Square & Peter Jones & surrounded by a number of establishments referring to themselves as the World’s End? Is the end of the Kings Road really the world’s end?

    Nevertheless, an unassuming exterior and in we go, We originally opted to sit outside, but a word of warning – watching traffic (Even if it is Chelsea traffic) gets boring very quickly and we cheekily asked to be shifted back indoors (Which they did very obligingly!)...
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