Bluebird

Chelsea
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3 courses & a glass of wine: £25 per person

Enjoy 2 courses for £20 or 3 for £25 per person including a glass of wine.

Offer valid until May 31 2015

Once a magnificent art deco garage complex with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell (hence the name), this is now a multipurpose eating and drinking venue, part of the D&D London stable.

At street level is a lively café (and front courtyard) and food store. The restaurant is on the first floor, where a disproportionate amount of space is given to the bar. Some tables are tightly packed together; bag a bigger one by the window for a diverting view of the King’s Road. Best visit after dark: daylight pouring through the skylight reveals stained carpet and scuffed chairs, and dressing the greeters in unflattering maroon takes the colour scheme too far.

The kitchen delivers a roster of Anglo-French favourites (foie gras parfait, salmon fish cakes, steaks) with some flair. This was evident from parsley-speckled ham hock with a punchy, crunchy piccalilli. Terrific pastry, a topping of hollandaise sauce and an excellent pea shoot salad elevated a pea and leek tart above the usual ‘veggie option’. Sourdough bread from the in-house bakery was tremendous.

Some dishes lacked the finesse you’d expect for the price: too salty butternut squash soup and mussels; unexceptional tarte tatin. Flash for your cash comes in the shape of a massive undulating piece of battered fish perched in a wire basket, and a giant knickerbocker glory glass topped with a banana. Not subtle or particularly sophisticated, but then neither is 'Made in Chelsea'.

 

Venue name: Bluebird
Contact:
Address: 350 King's Road
London
SW3 5UU
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Tea served 3-5pm Mon-Fri, Sun; 3-4.30pm Sat. Brunch served noon-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square tube then bus 11, 19, 22, 49, 319
Price: Main courses £13.50-£25. Set meal (lunch, dinner Mon-Thur, Sun; lunch, brunch, 6-7pm, 9.30-10.30pm Fri, Sat) £20 2 courses, £25 3 courses

Average User Rating

1.7 / 5

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Silvio

I went to the street cafe and had a cappuccino. It was the most disgusting cappuccino ever, just milk and water. They charged me 3.85 pounds for a small cup. The stuff were very unpleasant . I strongly not recommend this cafe. There is nothing good about it. My rating is 0 .

Susie

Went to the restaurant years ago when it first opened and that was a dreadful experience. Thought the cafe might be better so decided to breakfast there this morning. Nothing has changed... The service was poor. The waiter made a mistake with our order, and when I pointed out that a key ingredient was missing from one of the dishes, I was told it was on my plate so I was the one who was wrong! It took three goes to explain that I ordered smoked salmon with scrambled eggs AND eggs royale... The food also arrived before the drinks. It was a pity our experience was such as the food when it arrived was OK. One point in their favour is that they seem to be prompt in organising the bill!

Sarah Bond

Lovely restaurant and food just found it somewhat rude when we entered and spoke to the young lady on reception ,she said that there was a 'two hour window' so would have to leave then and this was even though the restaurant was practically empty when we arrived and not a lot busier when we left!!! Think she could have been more polite!!!