Review on Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay's three-star Michelin flagship Chelsea restaurant has re-opened after a refurbishment, with Clare Smyth now in charge as Chef Patron in partnership with Ramsay. In her new role Clare has worked closely with Fabled Studio and they have created an elegantly orchestrated room inspired by Art Deco. The stylish interior is decked out in a palette of lilac and pale grey, with smartly laid tables adorned with vases of pretty flowers. Two new features have been added to the restaurant, a liquor library and a new chef experience table, which will allow regular restaurant diners to have a bespoke menu created for them.
There's not a whiff of pomposity, although service is as finely orchestrated as it gets, with litres of assured French polish to ensure that proceedings are silky smooth. Much of the credit must go to irreplaceable Jean-Claude Breton – a giant among maitre d's, who can be seen rubbing his hands with glee as he tours the tables.
Recently awarded Chef of The Year in the Good Food Guide 2013, Clare deploys the finest seasonal ingredients combined with excellent culinary skill, using both classic and modern techniques for her modern French menu, and many would say that eating here is as near a perfect experience as can be achieved.
Open proceedings with ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon poached in a light bisque with oscietra caviar and sorrel velouté or slow braised pied de cochon pressed then pan-fried with ham knuckle, poached quail's egg and hollandaise sauce. Main courses usher in Isle of Gigha halibut with Atlantic King crab, cauliflower couscous, finger lime and ras el hanout infused broth or Cotswold lamb and spring vegetable "Navarin," best end, braised shank, confit breast and shoulder with wild and new season garlic. Proceedings conclude in style with artistically displayed desserts such as lemonade parfait with honey, bergamot and sheep's milk yoghurt sorbet or smoked chocolate cigar with blood orange and cardamom ice cream. The cheese board here is to die for and it is treated with almost reverential respect.
All of this doesn't have to cost the earth, especially if you opt for the set lunch menu (still one of the best deals in town) and take sound advice from ever-helpful and worldly-wise sommelier Jan Konetzki when choosing from the magisterial and awesome wine list. Save up, book a table, it is pure joy!
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Clare Smyth and Matt Abe
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.15pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.15pm Mon-Fri
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express