Elystan Street 333

43 Elystan Street , London, SW3 3NT

020 7628 5005

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SquareMeal Review of Elystan Street

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeSquareMeal London Hot 100 2018“Phil Howard strikes gold with this stylish Chelsea gem” declares an admirer of Elystan Street – a slick yet informal affair untroubled by amuse-bouches, tasting menus and tablecloths. Having sold The Square after 25 years of critical acclaim, Howard decided to postpone retirement and return to the stove, where he is now delivering uncomplicated yet highly sophisticated food full of “clever and subtle flavours”. Expect out-and-out indulgence from, say, golden-roasted veal sweetbreads with a rich veal sauce and an autumn ‘slaw’, or grouse breasts cooked blushing pink with little croquettes of leg meat, root vegetables and elderberry sauce. Lighter options might bring mackerel rillettes with Porthilly oyster and dressed Poole prawns, while pasta is a forte – think a fat raviolo of scallop and langoustine in a delicate foaming bisque. After that, bitter chocolate mousse with milk ice cream and salted caramel sauce is the must-order pud. Prices are hardly kind (mind you, this is high-living Chelsea), but the dining room is a dream – all towering windows, polished wood and clean lines. With smart staff who get the low-fuss approach just right and a wine list that ticks all the boxes, this is the “perfect all-round package”.

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Elystan Street is recommended for

Fun | Quiet Conversation | Widely Spaced Tables | Group Dining 8 Plus | Special Occasions Under 40S | Sunday Roast | One Michelin Star

Special offers

FT Weekend & Laurent-Perrier Summer menu: 3 courses £70

...from a set menu. One glass of champagne per person, available to guests over 18 only.

From: 18 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 556m

Sloane Square Tube Station 752m


Address: 43 Elystan Street , London SW3 3NT

Area: Chelsea

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2.45pm Sun (3.15pm) 6.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm Sun -9.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Michelin House 229m

Getty Images Gallery 236m


Telephone: 020 7628 5005


Cuisine: Modern European

Lunch: £35/42.50 (2/3 courses) £50 (3 course Sunday lunch)

Private Dining: 14


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

David H. platinum reviewer 05 February 2018

We've been coming to these premises a while, since Tom Aikens opened here and have happy memories of excellent food . So its surprising that it took a little more than a year from opening for us to get there. The thing that surprised us is that the place-and the food- doesn't set out to be cutting edge. Its good quality traditional cooking, not an edgy or particularly creative approach at all. That said, no harm done. We like a mix . There's only one menu , fixed price at £35/2 courses/£42.50 for 3. There is however a lot of choice with seven options available on each course Speaking as we find, the restaurant, the service and the food are all things we can feel comfortable with. We enjoyed all we chose , and our bottle of red from the value end of an extensive list. Its in a part of London we use quite a few times a year, so there's no reason to think we wouldn't go back. Enjoyable

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Situated just off the main reception, this private room is a joyful place, made special by design that is as sharp, chic and sunny as you’d expect in genteel Chelsea. An eye for detail – note the wonderful flowers – and a professional but friendly team help deliver a truly exemplary dinner party experience time after time.

It’s all crowned by chef Philip Howard’s inventive signature style where truly sublime compilations – such as cured trout with pickled cucumber, Jersey royals, citrus crème fraîche or Cornish turbot with garlic leaf pesto, white asparagus and parmesan cream – become beacons on each new menu.

Be it a sit-down Christmas lunch or dinner, or a standing reception, the staff are happy to advise. Contact: caroline@elystanstreet.com for more details.

Private Room
Capacity: 14
Special offers

FT Weekend & Laurent-Perrier Summer menu: 3 courses £70

From: 18 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.