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43 Elystan Street , London, SW3 3NT

020 3641 8300

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In a nod to prevailing food fashion, Tom Aikens's reinvented flagship has snubbed French luxe for new Nordic minimalism. The furnishings are bare wood, the walls are draped in foodie quotations, and staff are dressed like helpers from some expensive farm shop. On the plate, though, Aikens's love of complexity doesn't always lend itself to a clean-cut, ingredients-led style: subtle new season's lamb, for example, is lost among a melange of chorizo, spiced cauliflower, almonds, coriander and raw onion in a potent consommé. When clean and complex do gel, however, the results are stunning – witness sublime jasmine-cured salmon with viola flowers, pickled apple and jasmine oil or an inspired combination of homemade ricotta, green olive juice, honey jelly and powdered pine-nut oil. Overall, there's much to like about this new incarnation – not least the greatly reduced prices, the little hessian sacks of stunning home-baked breads, and the OXO tins filled with quirky petits fours. ‘Charming, extremely knowledgeable' staff seal the deal.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 431m

Sloane Square Tube Station 977m

Address

Address: 43 Elystan Street , London SW3 3NT

Area: Chelsea

Opening times

Tues-Fri 12N-2.30pm Tues-Sat 6.45-10.45pm

Nearby Landmarks

Michelin House 288m

Chelsea Common 299m

Details

Telephone: 020 3641 8300

Website:

Cuisine: French

Lunch: £34 (3 courses) or £28 (2 Courses)

Private Dining: 12

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 Tom Aikens’ stylish private dining room is visible from the rest of the restaurant but set discreetly apart. It seats between six and 12 people at one long dining table.

Private Dining Room
Capacity: 12