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SquareMeal Review of Scully

Gold Award

Ramael Scully’s name is often uttered in the same breath as Yotam Ottolenghi’s, having once headed up the kitchen at NOPI, but Scully is truly a talent in his own right. This eponymous restaurant is his first solo venture, a smart, charcoal-toned dining room with exposed pipes and an open kitchen, nestled on a hidden corner of St James's Market. It’s been open for five odd years and still, on a casual Tuesday evening, it’s bursting with diners looking to experience the chef's exciting, unorthodox food.

While Scully’s food draws on his heritage, a unique combination of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Irish influences, his cooking style refuses to be pigeon-holed. Rather, the chef combines explosive flavours with conscientious cooking techniques to create layered, yet balanced, dishes that challenge the diner.

We suggest booking a counter seat if you can; it’s fascinating watching Scully and his team in full force as they draw from pots filled with vibrant oils and funky-looking ferments. The first course is a corker: a fat chicken wing stuffed with soft thigh meat, truffle and water chestnuts, then deep-fried until golden, and served with the rich gloss of salted egg yolk and a caramel-like jus. A pillowy arepa comes next, which we’re instructed to cut in half like a pocket, then fill with jammy aubergines and tangy labneh. Rich flavours are often balanced with sourness or tang, like confit duck offset with a sweet and sour tangle of pomelo, cabbage and green chilli oil.

The non-alcoholic pairing is great fun if you’re not drinking. It features a sweet and aromatic series of short drinks, and culminates with Scully’s nostalgic take on barley water - a ridiculously delicious blend of coconut cream, caramel and chewy barley that can only be described as a hybrid between bubble tea and rice pudding.

The five-course tasting menu is £125 before drinks. It’s not cheap, but make no mistake, Scully refuses to let his guests leave hungry. This is cooking that both challenges and comforts in equal measure – a rare skill indeed.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cool, Fun, Lively
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Scully is an international restaurant found in St James's Market, run by ex-NOPI head chef Ramael Scully, serving a tasting menu of unique fusion flavours that you won't find anywhere else in London. Inside, all is cosily shabby-chic, with copper pendant lighting, potted plants and a fascinating glass-fronted pantry, stocked with herbs and spices. A large sharing table and an open kitchen create a communal vibe, but the marble-topped chef’s counter is undoubtedly home to the best seats in the house.

On offer is an intriguing menu that references Scully’s multicultural heritage, while confounding expectations when it comes to mixing and matching ingredients. Nearly all the seasonally changing sharing plates impress, from a tomato and coconut salad with green strawberries (summer in a bowl) to barbecued beef tendons, hidden by a dollop of smoky oyster mayo and served with salty fried tendon puffs for dipping.

Elsewhere, there’s fatty pork belly with house-made XO sauce concealing a subtle flash of heat, and a plate of monkfish rubbed with sambal belacan, a tongue-tingling shrimp paste. The arepa (a Venezuelan cornmeal pancake) topped with aubergine relish and bergamot-infused labneh is another Scully signature that rarely if ever leaves the menu.

To finish, there’s a love-it-or-hate-it dessert of parsnip and coconut ice cream, and a grapefruit sorbet which is paired with a scoop of caramel ice cream. Fastidious sourcing, impressively well-informed staff and an unflappable kitchen team swapping jokes while turning out plates of pure wonder all help to make dining at Scully a thrilling and eye-opening experience.


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

No, but it is featured in the guide.

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Who runs the restaurant?

The restaurant is run (and named after) chef patron Ramael Scully.

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4 St. James's Market, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4AH

07359 519 227 07359 519 227


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-23:00
Wed 17:30-23:00
Thu 17:30-23:00
Fri 17:30-23:00
Sat 17:30-23:00
Sun Closed


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18 Reviews 

Liz L

01 December 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Really ramped up the vegetarian options which is excellent.  Interesting wines and fabulous food.

Lydia H

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

I always return to Scully's. The menu is seasonal, interesting and always delicious. It is similar to Ottolenghi's Rovi in that sense. Great service and wine list also. 

Shireen P

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

super telanted chef (Scully) and his team. always created fabulous skilful dishes with splendidly flavour individually. Truly amazing with knowladgeble and friendly sarving staffs.

The desserts is a must!! Scully claverly design some delicious fusion desserts which I always wanted to have all! :)

Atmosphere is confortable with no pretentious fell.

Love it.

Sophie C

30 March 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Seasonal changing menus, serious chef who focuses on his food. 

justin L

06 August 2019  
This was an absolute fantastic evening. The service was impeccable with lovely friendly staff who recommended a delicious bottle of red after a couple of gin and tonics to start the evening off! The absolute highlight was the food however, a combination of fusion and flavours that i had never had before but that blew me away! Cannot praise Ramael Scully enough! The ambience of the restaurant is lovely with an open kitchen providing the spectacle of a superb London kitchen. I work with a lot of restaurants in London recommending them to clients but this is top of the list, I will be back soon!

Sarah P

26 July 2019  
Lovely food and a great atmosphere.


08 July 2019  
Wow. Sat at the bar and had the main man's attention all night. He chatted through preparation and cooking techniques with my girlfriend and threw sample plates of all sorts of things at us while we waited for our actual orders. Superb wine list and a truly different venue style. We left absolutely buzzing.

Mary W

02 July 2019  
Wonderful, new flavours, fusion cooking, sit at the bar!

Michelle M

28 June 2019  
Very tasty sharing food. Lovely relaxed ambience. Good gluten free options.

Saskia A

28 June 2019  
A great new addition to the London dining scene. Really interesting combinations of ingredients and a fusion of different cuisines. Its not often that the waiter really has to explain various things to the table. The waiters recommendations for the table were perfect. It has a very good atmosphere with plenty of buzz. A good venue for a group so you can share and experience the different dishes. Not cheap, but was good value for what they serve.
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