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8-9 Blacklands Terrace
020 7768 6551
“Still on the up and up” confirms a regular visitor to Five Fields – an elegant but homely neighbourhood restaurant that “really does feel very special”. Muted grey and beige colour schemes set a soothing tone in the bijou dining room, although all eyes are on the gloriously fresh-flavoured food coming out of chef/proprietor Taylor Bonnyman’s kitchen. Much depends on seasonal pickings from the owner’s Sussex garden – floral tributes and herbal embellishments that make an impact in dishes as diverse as Lindisfarne oyster with green herbs, sea lettuce and radish or a disarmingly simple ‘late summer’ plate of tomato, pea and watermelon. Bonnyman’s sense of adventure and his culinary intelligence also show in unexpected pairings such as beef with peanut, broccoli and tamarind or red grouse overlaid with the contrasting flavours and textures of carrot, yoghurt and cucumber. To finish, ‘chocolate, sesame and smoke’ sounds darkly dramatic, but there’s fruity freshness too – as in Charentais melon with orange flower blossom, raspberry and praline. Staff are gracious, genuine and accommodating – a real boon when it comes to picking from the comprehensive 500-bin wine list. “Surprising and charming in equal measure” says a fan – a verdict we’re happy to endorse.
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8-9 Blacklands Terrace
020 7768 6551
Sloane Square Tube Station 330m
South Kensington Tube Station 917m
Peter Jones 173m
Sloane Square 195m
Fri 12N-2pm Mon-Fri 6.30-10pm
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Food + drink: 5
This was a long overdue return to The Five Fields but I have to say it was definitely worth the wait as it turned out to be a truly fabulous evening. We've been here twice before but the last time was over two and a half years ago and I can honestly say it won't be anywhere near as long before we're back again. Set just of the Kings Road and only a short walk from Sloane Square tube station is where you'll find the restaurant. As you enter the restaurant you immediately get a lovely homely feeling along with a warm and very friendly greeting. As you look into the dining area you see the tables down each side are set out for couples where each person faces inwards. There are larger tables down the centre plus upstairs is a Private Dining Room. Once seated we were treated to a delightful glass of Welsh Sparkling Rose from the Ancre Hill Estates. We also enjoyed some amazing snacks while we looked at the menu. On this occasion we decided to opt for the eight course Tasting Menu. It was then time to meet the wonderful sommelier Anna who it was a pleasure to chat to throughout the evening. Regarding our choice of wine we said that we would like to just have a bottle than the matched wine option to which Anna recommended a fabulous Riesling Trocken from Germany which was an absolute delight and really matched each course nicely. Now onto the food itself and we started with a stunning Scallop with Tomatillo & Lime this was followed by a heavenly Lobster with Fennel & Lardo. These dishes were brought to us by our Spanish waitress Lourdes who was so friendly and professional and truly added to our magical evening The next two courses were equally fantastic. The first being an amazing Beef Tartare with Mushroom followed by a simply stunning Foie Gras with a Beetroot Brioche & Blackberries Before we got to the main course we had the pleasure of a beautiful Turbot dish which came with Seaweed & Garlic So now it was time for the mains to which there was a choice of two. One being Roe Deer served with Courgette & Potato and the other was Grouse which came with Pumpkin & Girolles. We decided to have one dish each and can honestly say they were both worthy of being the highlight dish of the evening as they were just amazing Before dessert we decided to opt for a cheese course which apart from one French cheese the rest were British & Irish. The cheese was nicely presented to us by our delightful waitress Lourdes We then had a pre dessert which was a fabulous Melon with Hazelnut & Orange. This led us into our last course a delightful dessert of Honey , Lemon & Tarragon and the Sweet Wine chosen by Anna a Vouvray from the Loire Valley matched the dessert beautifully This brought an end to an outstanding evening where the food , wine and service was of the highest order and will definitely go down as one of the highlights of the year. Therefore I would highly recommend that you put a visit to this restaurant very close to the top of your list and as I said at the beginning it certainly won't be very long before I return
Three-quarters of the way through 2017 and I can confidently state that a recent dinner at The Five Fields constitutes the best culinary experience I have enjoyed in London this year. Food, wine and service were all superlative. Small touches are often the most memorable: the occasion for our visit was the birthday of my dining comrade and the menus at our table were stamped with birthday greetings – an easy thing to do, but very gratifying. The restaurant has also remembered that my comrade was vegetarian and her dedicated tasting menu was presented with a flourish from our waiter’s pocket. The champagne with which we began was deep and rich from a boutique grower (Charotgne-Taillet) and our amuse-bouches a great way to kick things off. A tiny tart of snail and black pudding was superbly innovative and packed an incredible amount of flavour for something so simple. Back to the small touches and bread/butter is often a great way to gauge a restaurant. Here, there was a great range (the challenge was not to eat too much before the food proper arrived) and the butter had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. We proceeded to the tasting menus, comprising seven dishes in total. Not a single was a disappointment: from my side, the suckling pig and grouse were absolute stand-outs, while my colleague praised highly her spelt and cep risotto. We opted for paired wines throughout and our sommelier showed knowledge and enthusiasm, taking the effort to engage with us. Things concluded with a small cake plus candle – a delightful way to end. Pricing was comparable to other similar experiences in the capital and worth every penny. If there were one quibble, then it might be the loud voices of some of the well-heeled Chelsea residents seated on nearby tables, which intruded somewhat. Maybe it comes with the territory, but a return visit is undoubtedly in order.
Food + drink: 3
I am not by any means saying this was a terrible evening or a terrible restaurant but it certainly didn't live up all the glowing reviews.
We went to the restaurant last Saturday night for my mother's birthday celebration and they were absolutely wonderful in their attention to detail (a birthday salutation was printed on the menu and my mother was also given a specially prepared dish for her dessert). Their service was flawless. It was all very tasteful and elegant though perhaps that atmosphere was a little too hushed and reverential. Unfortunately, for us, it was the food and wine that didn't live up to their reputation.
Choosing the tasting menu often means that we can try the dishes the chef is particularly proud of creating, especially when paired with their choice of wines. This is where the problems started. My mother and I usually disagree about the wines we like, especially the whites but this evening we were in complete accordance. Every single white wine, whether dry or semi sweet was pretty aromatic. There was not one crisp, mineral white wine on that entire selection. There was a Mosel, a Reisling, a Viognier and so it continued. My mother stopped drinking most of them about two sips in and for me, in one instance, the wonderful flavour of the Beef Tartare was completely killed by the acidity in the wine pairing, like running into a brick wall.
Since the wines were colouring everything so much, it's difficult to properly assess the food separately though there were a couple of original dishes. The Fois Gras was baked in some sort of beetroot gelatin type coating which was certainly unusual and a good contrast to the richness of the pate. I also liked the scallops with green lentils and lime. My mother's main criticism was that everything tasted sweet to some extent and that not one dish was truly savoury.
For me, even though there were a couple of dishes I quite liked, the main problem was that nothing stood out. It wasn't terrible food but there was nothing that I was thrilled to eat. The Beef Tartare probably came the closest. The best word I can use to describe the entire experience is competent. There was no innovation here. I wouldn't even mind if they were presenting simple food if it were prepared exceptionally well. It just wasn't exceptional though. In some ways, it's more interesting if the chef takes a risk or two on their tasting menu. It might not completely pay off but at least it would be memorable.
We both felt that we'd spent a few hours working our way through a menu that was utterly forgettable. It's a shame and it's possible that the a la carte would have been a better choice which is unfortunate in hindsight.
I did appreciate the manager offering me an unexpected tasting of the aged Green Chartreuse along with my original order of the ordinary liqueur. They are so good at those little touches that it makes it even worse that we were do disappointed by the food.
The restaurant might need to look again both at their tasting menu and the wines that they have because we really wanted to enjoy it and it was just so middle of the road. I'm sure plenty of people will like this restaurant but there are many more that deliver a better experience that this will never be on my list of favourites.
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