‘OK it's expensive, but so is a Chanel handbag,' quipped one first-timer after visiting Gordon Ramsay's well-groomed Chelsea flagship. Everyone gets the full treatment as this star-spangled venue goes through its paces, delivering a ‘truly magical' blend of good manners, silky service, masterly food and aristocratic, special-occasion wines. Following a refit, the dining room has some luxurious new art-deco features, a ‘liqueur library’ and a ‘chef’s experience’ table where the bar area used to be, but the most significant change is Clare Smyth’s elevation to the role of resident chef-patron. Far from simply impersonating her master's voice, she is re-establishing Royal Hospital Road as, arguably, the top dining destination of its kind in the capital. You can still relish the dishes that made this place world-famous (the matchless ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon with sorrel velouté, for example), but the real showstoppers are newly minted hits – from halibut and king crab with cauliflower couscous, ‘finger’ lime and a broth spiced with ras-el-hanout to lemonade parfait with honey, bergamot and sheep’s yoghurt sorbet. ‘When you've had the best, forget the rest', concludes one fan. Enough said.
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