Elystan Street
Elystan Street
Elystan Street
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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 Elystan Street 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.

About Elystan Street

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.

Prices are the Chelsea norm (ie. high), but portion sizes are generous 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 Church Road – neighbourhood restaurants that also have an instinctive understanding of what their customers want.

Good to know

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

Location for Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

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 12:30-15:00
Dinner
Mon 18:30-22:00
Tue 18:30-22:00
Wed 18:30-22:00
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun 18:30-21:30

Reviews of Elystan Street

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12 Reviews 
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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.

Simon E

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

Sally B

29 March 2019  
Best of the best for modern British, great friendly service.

Michael S

15 July 2018  
Phil Howard and his team weave his usual magic with creative, very well executed cuisine, a carefully constructed wine list and professional service.

Jane S

27 June 2018  
The food is fantastic, local and British and the staff are so attentive and organised. The venue is beautiful,light and airy and Phil howard is so friendly and chatty - just love this restaurant.

kirsty H

27 March 2018  
This restaurant offers good food service and ambiance . The Art Deco makes it fun being on different floors adds to the dimension. Always good service and attention to detail.

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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