The Five Fields 4444

8-9 Blacklands Terrace , London, SW3 2SP

020 7768 6551

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60 British Chelsea

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SquareMeal Review of The Five Fields

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Chef Taylor Bonnyman’s gem of a restaurant is everything you might want from a destination site: it’s elegant and homely, the food is “exquisite” and (whisper it quietly) you don’t have to wait a lifetime for a reservation. We still can’t decide whether we’re more impressed by the “fab” service (no detail is too small here) or the beautifully rendered modern cooking. Every dish comes embellished with fruits and flowers grown in the owner’s own Sussex garden, as in a starter entitled ‘sea and earth’ –  a stunning quartet that comprises sweet crabmeat with tiny carrots, a small sea urchin pannacotta with oca leaves, meaty langoustines with a deeply soothing seafood gazpacho and a seared scallop with pickled cucumber. We’ve also been blown away by the glorious seared venison loin with squash purée, bone-marrow custard, candied salsify and a yuzu dressing, as well as a roasted banana dessert with coffee cream and cardamom – in fact everything on the menu (including numerous “little extras”) is an unqualified hit. “My favourite in London!” professes one reader, and we must admit it’s one of ours too.

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9.4

Food & Drink: 9.4

Service: 9.7

Atmosphere: 9.1

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 25 September 2017

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: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Nicole G. silver reviewer 02 April 2014

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.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 16 December 2013

What a great addition to South Ken/Chelsea's dining options. A lovely and intimate dinning room (there are only around 10 tables or so) with very attentative service. Great quality food, brilliantly prepared and presented. Very good wine offering, both upscale and more affordable options

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Alex S. bronze reviewer 11 November 2013

Surely i cant be the only person to have discovered a true talent in the chef at Five Fields. This restaurant, tastefully decorated and very comfortable is one of the most exciting i have been too in a long time. While the food is the star, exquisitely presented, wonderfully diverse and beautifully presented, the service too is excellent, attentive but not intrusive. A short, inventive menu with plenty to please all palates and every dish delivering real flavour. we spotted the chef who seems to be incredibly young but surely is destined for great things. i only hope that we will be able to get a booking in future because once everyone finds out about this place it os going to be very hard to get in!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nevine H. silver reviewer 06 October 2013

What a find. Welcoming, unpretencious, superb stylish creative food, great service, good value… infact for the quality… excellent value! Besides a three course meal for £45, you are offered a choice of fresh breads (including the best olive bread Ihave ever tasted), amuse bouche, dessert frandises,… just fantastic. It is comfortable, very pleasant ambience… could find no fault. Go before it is impossible to get a table… you will not be dissappointed!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

James S. 17 September 2013

Somewhat found this by accident and was a real treat. In two minds as to whether to leave a review…this will become harder and harder to book I'm sure once it's fully discovered. Each of the courses was mouth watering and bursting with flavour. The staff have managed to achieve the balance between being attentive without distracting. Get there early and you'll be able to enjoy the cozy bar area upstairs…we only found retrospectively. Can't wait to go back and have the full tasting menu.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Nancy N. 06 June 2013

I am going back for my second time! The food is not only delicious but beautiful. I was bowled over by the fresh flowers. zingy flavours, great cellar and comfortable seating – I was in no hurry to leave.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah W. 05 June 2013

A memorable experience for all the right reasons! With a menu that reads as beautifully as the dishes taste, you will be planning your next visit before you have even left just so you can try all the dishes before the season changes! Even when ordering the prix fixe menu you are utterly spoilt with numerous extra treats along the way, taking your taste buds on a journey through some of the most delectable seasonal flavours; with all the mouth-watering extras, the menu price becomes incredibly good value for money! Even the tasting menu at only £65 for eight courses is extremely competitve! The service is flawless from start to finish, with the warmest welcome and delightful and knowledgable staff all make for a relaxed evening and certainly somewhere you could spend numerous hours over several bottles of Chablis catching up with friends! The atmosphere was buzzy considering the small 40 seater dining room, you are not overwhelmed with background chatter and uncomplimentary music but can simply enjoy your company and the surroundings and can quite clearly see that the other guests feel the same way. You do not feel rushed at any point, as if your table is going to be resold once you leave but are encouraged to take your time and truly enjoy the food and atmosphere. This is a special little find that I would recommend to all who enjoy truly good food, unobtrusive service and comfortable surroundings. Highly recommended with a big fat exclamation mark!!!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Anna B. 03 June 2013

I dined here on Saturday night with a friend and I have to say it was one of the best meals I have had so far this year. I eat out regularly and I thought it was worth a try. The service was impeccable from the moment you enter the restaurant, you are welcomed and immediately offered drinks whilst olives are brought to your table. Our drinks were a little delayed and we were give these complimentary which we thought was a lovely touch. The canapes were sublime… The menu was explained to us, they were quick to point out that the Dover Sole was being subsituted for lemon sole and the reasons for this. Each course was clearly explained to us as it was placed in front of us. The menu itself is gorgeous, it was hard to choose what to eat, each dish looked beautiful and had been presented with care. The flavours were a lovely balance, this combined with the textures made a perfect dish. I would wholly recommend the quail, scallops, sole and turbot… I am not going to explain them too much as it would spoil the fun for when you try it. £45 for 3 courses including canapes, amuse bouche and a pre desert is money well spent! This restaurant gets 10/10. The only fault that I can note is that the entrance is a little small and so when you enter the restuarant you are straight at the tiny bar.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gerry F. 01 June 2013

I echo the other reviewers views. Delightful dining room, chic but unpretentious. Charming and professional staff and really good food , at top end of “fine dining” type, at a reasonable price. Just what we needed in the area.

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