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68 Royal Hospital Road
020 7352 4441
“The top of Everest, the Roger Federer of fine dining” declares a fan of Gordon Ramsay’s three-Michelin-starred Chelsea flagship, adding that it’s “hands-down” the best place to eat in London. Former chef/patron Clare Smyth has moved on to open her own restaurant, Core in Notting Hill, but the kitchen is in safe hands under the stewardship of Matt Abé – a chef who has proved his worth as an alumnus of both Ramsay and Smyth. If proof were needed, consider the ever-delectable ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon (now enlivened with oxalis and sorrel), the pressed foie gras with green apple, turnips, watercress and smoked duck or roast pigeon pointed up with sweetcorn, lavender, honey and apricot. Vegetarians might be treated to gnocchi “as light as pillows of clouds”, while desserts are miracles of clarity and sweetness (a lemonade parfait with honey, bergamot and sheep’s milk yoghurt, for example). It’s all about consummate craftsmanship, combined with an acute eye for visual detailing. The dining room is cool and classy, with silky-smooth service to match, although it would be nothing without the gleeful attentions of genial overlord Jean-Claude Breton – a master orchestrator and a legend among maître d's. Like everything else at this gilded wow-inducing superstar, the staggeringly comprehensive wine list and the sommelier’s astute recommendations are “hard to beat”.
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68 Royal Hospital Road
020 7352 4441
Sloane Square Tube Station 852m
Battersea Park Station 1km
Chelsea Physic Garden 105m
National Army Museum 143m
Mon-Fri 12N-2.15pm 6.30-10.30pm
The Inspiration Table is available Monday to Friday for lunch or dinner, for up to six guests.
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Food + drink: 5
The fact that my dining companions most used words and phrases during our dining experience was either "Oh my God!" or "Oh wow!" should tell you all you need to know about this restaurant, and let me tell you, she's not wrong!
It was my second visit here, I'd been two years prior and it was a welcome return to hands down the best restaurant in London, but it was my friends first time. In fact she'd only started on her "Michelin dining experience" earlier this year, but we've covered a lot of ground, and this was the culmination of everything gone previous. The stand out restaurant, the top of Everest, the Roger Federer (a couple of years ago maybe...) of dining.
We went with the Prestige Tasting menu, I love a tasting menu, you get to sample a variety of dishes and not just the normal three courses. Plus the courses are "Mike sized", just enough for me!
The menu consisted of foie gras terrine, an excellent opener, Ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon apparently a dish Gordon has been serving for over 25 years, halibut with a ras el hanout broth, lamb with summer vegetables or pigeon with fennel, a "soup" which is actually a thoroughly refreshing cocktail and dessert. At this point I should mention that sneakily on the a la carte menu there is actually a "dessert tasting option" where you get all desserts. All of them. In taster "Mike sized" portions! So of course we did that.
A special mention also should go to the fact my friend doesn't like seafood, so instead of the ravioli she had asparagus, and instead of the halibut she had gnocchi, which has ruined all future gnocchi experiences for me. This was like eating pillows of clouds...
The service is impeccable as expected and the sommelier made a wonderful recommendation on a lovely Riesling you'd be hard pressed to beat.
This is definitely a must for all foodies in London, and outside of London, and anywhere.
You'd be hard pressed to have finer food in London, in fact, I don't think it's even possible.
And get the gnocchi...
Food + drink: 2
This is a long story but if you don’t want to be an innocent culprit of the cancellation policy in Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, you’d better not to miss it.
This was happened in July this year. But I was only able to take time to write this after I received my bank record in September and a couple of business trips were over in the last 2 months.
On 11 July 2016, I visited Gordon Ramsey at 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP ("Gordon Ramsay") with my family. Prior to our reservation for lunch at Gordon Ramsay, my family and I had been travelling in Europe. We had visited five of these restaurants for lunch before July 11th, bookings for which had all been made for 13:00. However, our reservation for Gordon Ramsay had been made for 12:00, which was most likely to be a mistake of the restaurant or my travel agent.
As a result, we arrived at Gordon Ramsay at approximately 13:15, believing that our reservation had been made for 13:00, and that a 15-minute grace period was standard for restaurants of a similar calibre. To our disappointment, we were greeted by the hostess who, slightly abashedly, informed us that our reservation had in fact been made for 12:00. And she had tried, but in vain, to contact me at my home country mobile phone number. Taking into no consideration of the discernible difference of digit numbers between my overseas mobile phone and local numbers, she failed to exercise her utmost effort to notify me about the actual reservation time.
Indeed, we were shocked by what came next. The hostess then informed us that, not only had she given our table away to another customer, she would have to charge us ￡100 per person, in accordance with Gordon Ramsay's 48-hour cancellation policy. The Manager approached us and repeated the policy to us again without any flexibility nor genuine concern about our particular circumstances.
In September, when I checked my bank record and saw that the penalty charge was collected by Gordon Ramsey, I couldn’t help but lodge a complaint to Gordon Ramey. Yet, the arrogance and stringency of Gordon Ramsey’s cancellation policy, coupled with the abruptness and poor attitude of the entire team deeply disturbed me.
It seems incomprehensible to me that, from the legal point of view, a 3-star restaurant would charge a customer with an unreasonable amount of penalty fee (￡100/head) in this case. Firstly, we did show up. Secondly, our late arrival was due to an unknown reservation mistake. Thirdly, our reserved table had been taken up already at the point of our arrival time. It is understandable that the main point of the cancellation fee is to get you to take the reservation seriously; covering losses by collecting it due to untaken table is a secondary purpose for most restaurants. However, our case, which is neither genuine no-show nor last-minute cancellation, was not justified to be penalized or allow others to take our reserved table.
I share my experience here because diners are strongly recommended to pay extra attention on such potential risk of being ripped off, if such rigid cancellation policy is still in place in Gordon Ramsey or similar restaurants like these.
Last but not least, if the first interaction is making the reservation and the second interaction is the cancellation fee, chances are there won’t be a third interaction.
The review title says it all and I'm really not exaggerating. Everything is absolutely faultless.
The restaurant itself really surprised me - it's tiny! It almost felt like someone's front room. It really adds to the feeling that you're somewhere special and in for a treat.
The whole evening felt effortless - they knew it was my birthday so brought Champagne straight away and subsequently everything was flawlessly paced and presented.
To start I had the lobster ravioli which was my favourite course and just absolutely divine - the flavours were genuinely mouthwatering. Next I had lamb, done five ways which was perfect. Dessert quite frankly passed in a haze - some sort of chocolate and praline concoction which for a chocolate fan like me was pure bliss. My boyfriend had the cheese which he said was exceptional. Everything else - the amuse bouche, the pre dessert of a fun mango and passionfruit foam cocktail were just so delicious and interesting. I think that's what I didn't expect - the fun, lively, experimental elements to the food and the absolutely wonderful, friendly service.
We just felt like their best customers that night - everyone was so welcoming and chatty and excited to talk to you about the menus. You really honestly feel like they're delighted to have you there. When we were looking round you could see there were regulars there and people who were there for a special occasions, like us and they treated everyone with the same enthusiasm.
I could go on and on but put simply, just go, it's incredible.
The only problem I have now is that everywhere else is going to be a disappointment!
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