Elystan Street

Gold Award
Modern European

Elystan Street
Elystan Street
Elystan Street
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Gold Award

Phil Howard’s more casual follow-up to The Square has 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: in other words, a terrific local that merits a journey from further afield.

We ate simply – and superbly – on our most recent visit to Elystan Street. Double-baked cheese soufflé with Montgomery Cheddar, melted leeks, button mushrooms and truffle was comfort food of the highest order. Breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive, crushed turnip and cherries combined richly sweet meat with bitter leaves and some terrific pastry work. And a meringue dome of pavolva looked too perfect to crack open – except we would have missed the ripe strawberries within.    

Alternatively, we could have plumped for pesto-glazed fillet of red mullet with zucchini fritti and aubergine caviar or pressed shoulder of Ibérico piglet with grilled pluma, pickled plums and charred hispi cabbage, followed by prune and Armagnac tart with tea ice cream – “exceptionally well-executed dishes, crafted with flair”.

Prices are the Chelsea norm (ie. high), but good-sized portions mean “you don’t need a magnifying glass to see the food”. And if you spend some time with the “carefully constructed” wine list, you’ll discover plenty of interesting drinking for under £30 (as well as a lot more).

Displays of modern art in the chic, contemporary dining room show the connoisseur’s eye of co-owner Rebecca Mascarenhas, while service comes from the same well-drilled, well-spoken stable as the pair’s other projects, Kitchen W8 and Sonny’s Kitchen – neighbourhood restaurants that also have an instinctive understanding of what their customers want.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One michelin star
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Group dining [8+]

Location for Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, London, London, SW3 3NT

020 7628 5005


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2.45pm Sun (3.15pm) 6.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm Sun -9.30pm)

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David H

Very decent new restaurant on familiar premises
05 February 2018  
We've been coming to these premises a while, since Tom Aikens opened here and have happy memories of excellent food . So its surprising that it took a little more than a year from opening for us to get there. The thing that surprised us is that the place-and the food- doesn't set out to be cutting edge. Its good quality traditional cooking, not an edgy or particularly creative approach at all. That said, no harm done. We like a mix . There's only one menu , fixed price at £35/2 courses/£42.50 for 3. There is however a lot of choice with seven options available on each course Speaking as we find, the restaurant, the service and the food are all things we can feel comfortable with. We enjoyed all we chose , and our bottle of red from the value end of an extensive list. Its in a part of London we use quite a few times a year, so there's no reason to think we wouldn't go back. Enjoyable
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