The Best Chelsea Restaurants
Last Updated: 20th December 2018
When it comes to finding a good place to eat in SW1…
… you might feel all at ‘sea.
Which is where we hope to nimbly step in, because we’ve picked out the best Chelsea restaurants using a highly sophisticated and complex algorithmic method.
We’re calling it ‘eating’.
So here they are: the best restaurants in Chelsea…
Kahani is the Hindi word for ‘story’. And the story here is that chef Peter Joseph came to England from Chennai many years ago, went from sous to head chef at the Michelin-starred Tamarind; launched their casual spin-off, Tamarind Kitchen; and has now finally launched his own joint, where you can dine on Anglo-Indian fusion like Gressingham duck with tandoori broccoli, and smoked Malabar prawns with Keralan spice. READ MORE
Details: 1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE | Open 12-3pm and 5.30-10.30pm daily (dinner only on Monday)
Supposedly Phil ‘The Square’ Howard’s ‘last hurrah’ before retirement, Elystan Street is a relaxed fine dining spot set in a soothing, dusk-toned dining room. The dishes are all meticulously arranged and presented, while ingredients appear in unusual guises – from pistachio couscous to melted trotter. And it’s all delicious. READ MORE
Details: 43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT | Open for lunch & dinner daily
Set in a beautiful townhouse with parquet flooring, pale olive walls and cosy booths separated by rippling glass, Kutir is the second Indian fine dining spot to appear in Chelsea over the past few months. And the neighbourhood’s starting to look spoilt – head here for lauded chef Rohit Ghai’s 24-hour slow cooked lamb rogan josh with an offal ‘cigar’, and dumpling-like lobster bonda… READ MORE
Details: 10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea, SW3 2TS | Open Tues-Sun, 12 – 2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm (10pm Sun)
Chicama is Chelsea’s own corner of Peru, serving up delicate and colourful Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisine in equally colourful and elegant surroundings. Take a perch up at the pink marble dining counter overlooking the open kitchen, or settle in for a long lunch on their al fresco terrace, tucking into popped corn monkfish cheeks and sea bass ceviche. READ MORE
Details: Open for weekday lunch 12-4pm/weekend brunch 11am-4pm, dinner daily
Shakespeare described the fruits of the medlar as “open-arsed”.
Luckily, the fruits of the chef’s labours here are much more appetising – Franco-Anglo-European techniques applied to fresh, seasonal ingredients. Expect dishes like suckling pork belly with ‘wet’ garlic; and sautéed gnocchi with salsify, Jerusalem artichoke and nasturtium, all served in a pared-back dining room with pop art and quirky lighting. READ MORE
Details: 438 Kings Road, SW10 0LJ | Open daily for lunch and dinner
Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s in Chelsea, most of the tables are ensconced in a romantic secret garden filled with cascading greenery and tinkling fountains… and it’s from The Ivy team, meaning that you can enjoy modern British comfort food and cocktails while you’re there. READ MORE
Details: 195 -197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ | Open daily 8am (9am Sun) – 12.30am
Set in what feels like an old rustic barn, Rabbit is the follow-up to The Shed in Notting Hill (and pre-cursor to Battersea’s Nutbourne). Like its siblings, it’s run by the Gladwin brothers – who pull produce directly from their family farm to put together a daily changing menu of sharing plates, like veal twig with pineapple weed. You know, the usual. READ MORE
Details: 172 Kings Road, SW3 4UP | Open for Monday dinner (6-11pm), Tues-Sun 12pm-12am, and Sunday lunch 12-5pm
Main image: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
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