25 reviews

438 King's Road , London, SW10 0LJ


SquareMeal Review of Medlar



A lot of love goes into this charming neighbourhood restaurant: its elegant white and green decor still looks fresh, menus are updated regularly and service is always on point. That suggests dedication as well as strong heritage: the two chef/owners are graduates of Chez Bruce and have established a reputation for gutsy Euro-accented food built around an exceptionally well-priced set menu. To start, the signature crab raviolo is a fixture, although one reader highly recommends the duck-egg tart with sautéed duck hearts. Steaks are another mainstay, but much of the line-up changes seasonally: in autumn, you might begin with elaborate salad involving black figs, baby beetroot, Bayonne ham, goats’ curd, pickled onion and toasted hazelnuts, ahead of “delicious” rump of beef topped with snails or a richly flavoured pork fillet, served with pork cheek, boudin noir, wild mushrooms and pistou. Ask the enthusiastic sommelier for wine recommendations, and “request some Madeleines with your after-dinner coffee”. 

Medlar Location

438 King's Road , London SW10 0LJ


020 7349 1900

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6.30-10.30pm

Medlar's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.9


Service: 8.8


Atmosphere: 8.0


Value: 8.4


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
10 October 2017

I think this is my third review of Medlar ( not all for this site) and that makes it unusual. Fact is though that it burst onto the scene with quite a bang a few years back , got a star-justifiably- and then seemed to deteriorate so lost it -again justifiably IMO. In more recent times its reviews have seemed to go quite well so we felt it was time for another try. There is much about this restaurant that I like. The people seem welcoming and friendly, and the style of the food suits us. Also the menu - fixed price with lots of choice for each course - means there's no thoughts in your mind about whether you'll be getting second tier food if you choose the set lunch- for its pretty much all a set lunch. Its a pattern seen at Trompette, Chez Bruce and Glasshouse, all of which I enjoy, and which are priced similarly to Medlar. So the menu had plenty to choose from, though my wife decided she'd prefer to settle for main & dessert rather than have a starter and then decide she couldn't eat pudding. All five courses were decent, but none shone. The food here continues to lack the flavours and intensity I'd hope for (expect?) and in more complex dishes the individual components seem to meld together and one can't quite make out the contribution each is making to the overall sensation. The food does not match that I'd expect at Trompette and siblings, and though they have stars they are priced very similarly to Medlar as I've said. The one thing I don't know is whether the food we had was prepared by the restaurants first team, or whether Saturday lunch -rather quiet- is a chefs day off. If that's the case , well maybe Medlar does often deliver better than we ate - but I'd then question whether its right to operate a two tier offering , and would probably suggest that I shouldn't be able to tell whether a dish was made by the chef or a deputy if the training's gone right. I've had cause to raise this same question about this restaurant in the past. Either way I can only judge on what I've been given to eat , and "decent, not outstanding" sums it up. Can't see us going back when I can get rather better cooking of a similar style at several places in west London.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Gold Reviewer
09 July 2017

I have to say visiting this restaurant was a truly delightful experience with great food good wine and a very friendly atmosphere. Had heard about this place a couple of years ago decided to keep my eye on it and liked everything I was hearing so yesterday to the Kings Road Chelsea we went . The restaurant is situated about half way between Fulham Broadway & Sloane Square and has a real local feel. A nice friendly greeting on arrival then shown to our table to enjoy a lovely G&T to which they have a good selection while we looked at the menu.. A very appetising Lunch menu with a good choice of starters , mains and desserts . We decided to have the Mackerel Tartare & the Wood Pigeon Boudin & both were very delicious indeed then on to the mains which were the Suckling Pig Loinwith Glazed Cheek which was amazing & the Boudin of Corn Fed Chicken and also fantastic these courses were superbly matched with great wine chosen by the sommelier. So next we're the desserts a Strawberry & Prosecco Jelly a delightful light dessert & the Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel which was heaven as was the Sweet Wine to match . To finish was some delightful Petit Fours to go with our nice selection of teas. So glad to have finally visited and will definitely return and would also highly recommend that if your in the area to pop you will not be disappointed


Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4


22 September 2014

I had never heard of Medlar but chose it based on the excellent online reviews it receives. I took a friend there for lunch on a Saturday. It's a very unassuming restaurant on the outside, and has a simple and stylish decor inside. The seats are quite comfortable too, which is not always the case in good restaurants! The staff were very friendly and everyone seemed to have pride in working there, which I think makes a big difference. The menu was very interesting, with several options in each course that I wanted to try. It's all 'modern european' with a French leaning. I found the young sommelier very friendly and helpful, and he has put together quite an interesting wine list, including some options from rarer countries (eg. an interesting Chinese ice wine). The food was rather good overall! The crab raviolo with brown shrimp and bisque was a lovely starter, plenty of seafood flavour without being too rich. The guinea fowl main was tasty and well balanced. My friend had roasted grouse which was full of robust flavours that all married harmoniously for a real treat - you don't see grouse on many menus in London. The highlight dessert was my Cherry Financier with Milk Ice Cream - not baked to order but still very fresh and tasty in a classic French way. at £30 for 3 courses, it was excellent value. I thoroughly recommend Medlar, and I am looking forward to returning.

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