Elystan Street

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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of Elystan Street

Gold Award

Cool, contemporary interiors and a Chelsea location might deter curious first-timers from making the journey to Elystan Street, but make no mistake: this is an address to remember. Charismatic staff immediately put diners at ease with the warmth of their welcome and help set the tone for a meal of comforting, familiar flavours with surprisingly innovative undertones.

The attitude of ‘nothing is too much’ isn’t unusual at this level of dining, but here personality – both in the team and on the plate – seems to be fostered and championed for a coupling of two of our favourite things: luxury and a light touch.

Owners Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas’ years of experience on the restaurant scene with the likes of The Square, Sonny’s and Kitchen W8 shines through in the menu which pushes things just far enough to be interesting while retaining recognisable combinations.

To begin, mellow veg is paired with a smooth cashew nut hummus dressed in a robustly savoury curry oil and presented in a graphic, colourful style. Mains, meanwhile, bring one of the restaurant’s signature dishes (the brief removal of which from the menu prompted the most complaints the restaurant had ever received) in a decadent twice-baked cheese soufflé. This puffed up, golden quivering cloud comes accompanied by melty leeks, button mushrooms and truffle and is a lesson in all-out indulgence.

Elsewhere a dish which essentially equates to chicken and mash was a masterclass in elevating humble ingredients through precise handling. Buttery potatoes, intensely flavoured crispy chicken skin and a wonderfully robust sauce made for easy, euphoric eating.

There’s a line-up of seasonal sweets on offer, although one combination has stood the test of time whatever the weather. Chocolate, peanuts and caramel are combined in a bar akin to a very, very posh Snickers and served with hazelnut ice cream for an end to your meal that we’d imagine few could find fault with.

Prices are in line with the restaurant’s Chelsea address, with mains clocking in at around the £30 mark, but the quality of the food combined with a well-rounded drinks list, the upbeat service and the Scandi-style dining room with dusty blue chairs, low hanging lights and bistro muslin curtains alleviates any concerns that it might not be worth the splurge.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Eat at Home
Home delivery, Takeaway service
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Michelin-starred Elystan Street is the work of acclaimed chef Phil Howard, whose previous restaurant The Square (opened in 1991) held two Michelin stars for 17 years. This is his slightly more casual follow-up and has now established itself as a Chelsea essential - the sort of restaurant to go to for supper on the way home or something more challenging for a special occasion. 

The dining room is a relaxing space that boasts a soft-hued colour palette of blues and pinks, warm wooden floors and lots of natural light. The menus, meanwhile, are overseen by head chef Aaron Potter, who is one of Phil’s early protégées and brings with him a wealth of classical training. There are both a la carte and tasting menus available, with options for both lunch (there is a set menu) and dinner.  

Examples of dishes might include the likes of terrine of dover sole with skate wing, smoked eel, tarama, pickled cucumber and lemon to start, sweet and sour breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive, burnt orange and kohlrabi for main course and a dessert comprised of a chocolate, peanut and caramel bar with hazelnut ice cream. If you opt for the six-course tasting menu, you will be able to sample some of the restaurant’s greatest dishes (the menu is titled ‘six of the best’ after all), with an optional wine pairing available if liked.  

If you’re not sampling the tasting menu, there is an excellent wine list to choose from which can be ordered by the glass, half bottle or bottle. A range of European and international wines are on the menu, with the generous choice meaning you’re bound to find something you like. The restaurant also mixes up a selection of mean cocktails, with many fine London beers on offer, too


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Does Elystan Street have a Michelin star?

Elystan Street has one Michelin star.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Elystan Street?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Elystan Street.

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Location

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

020 7628 5005 020 7628 5005

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:30-14:30
Tue 12:30-14:30
Wed 12:30-14:30
Thu 12:30-14:30
Fri 12:30-14:30
Sat 12:30-14:30
Sun 12:00-15:30
Dinner
Mon 18:30-21:00
Tue 18:30-21:00
Wed 18:30-21:00
Thu 18:30-21:00
Fri 18:30-21:00
Sat 18:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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17 Reviews 
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Foodess

14 April 2023  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Dropped the ball
I love this restaurant which we have dined at for years. It's relaxed modern and comfortable setting pleases, as does the a la carte menu. However, it does lack consistency when it comes to the food. Importantly, whatever the issue, they always offer to redress. Last time I had a particularly poor salad starter, but the time before all dishes were excellent. This Sunday lunch experience was lacking in that service was somewhat chaotic but it was exceedingly busy, and maybe one or two new staff members lacked experience. Fish was cooked perfectly to order, but overall the dish was underwhelming. Our guests were happy with their food choices, the Cheese Souffle was executed faultlessly as usual, and wine recommendations are reliably good. Cheese selections are perfect and generous, as are the desserts.

Andrew H

29 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

I have eaten here a half a dozen times this past year. The space is relaxed, but formal enough and with enough space between the tables for a quiet business lunch or a family dinner. Phil Howard's unique style is seen in every menu - modern, innovative, and with deeply satisfying flavours.

The wine list is a mix of old favourites and own finds, with corkage available. The service is knowledgeable, relaxed, and preemptive.

Not cheap, and as elsewhere, prices have increased of late. But for this standard of cooking and dependability , it is great value.

 

 

Anon

29 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Technically perfect dishes with a light modern touch. The best bread in town, great personable service and lively ambience. Always a treat without undue formality. 

Melanie J

29 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Never less than perfect. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Fabulous food, service and ambience.

Alexandra C

29 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Phil Howard is an extraordinary chef and has been at the top of his game for decades now. What I love about Elystan Street is that despite Phil's obvious talent, it's low key and delightful, as opposed to hallowed and subdued. The food is always outrageously good and there's always a warm, glowing welcome.

Lesley B

26 July 2019  
Informal dining made fabulous.

CLAIRE W

26 July 2019  
Had the three course lunch menu for £30! Amazing value for money, amazing attention to denials and service was spot on. Even though we had the lunch deal they spent so much time with us and made us feel so special.

Michael S

08 July 2019  
Very fine cuisine, relaxed and friendly service. Well chosen wine list at reasonable prices. Terrific value for this quality.

Anon

05 July 2019  
Slick design, understated service and delicious food.

Anon

02 July 2019  
Great local restaurant - great food but very relaxed, non-fussy atmosphere.
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