Medlar

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Britta Jaschinski
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World-class cooking of astounding excellence, immensely complex but always aiming at balance and harmony - artistry on a plate in the heart of Chelsea.

Even if you don’t live near Chelsea, you should try to visit this exceptional restaurant at least once. The decor is understated: soothing grey-green colour scheme and unobtrusive artwork. The real artistry arrives on the plates, six dishes of astounding excellence. Assemblies are complex and have lengthy names, exemplified in our two starters: crisp calf’s brain with smoked duck breast, aïoli, pink fir potatoes and tardivo (raddichio); and confit skate with razor-clam vinaigrette, purple sprouting broccoli, globe artichokes, Jersey Royals and salsify. But every ingredient justifies its place in entirely natural-seeming juxtapositions of flavour, texture and colour. And the execution is nearly flawless, the only off-note being slightly undercooked potatoes.

Save room for wonderful (and relatively simple) puddings. Cardamom custard with saffron oranges, pomegranate and langues de chat sang with flavour. And we loved it when, asked for an off-menu fruit salad, the kitchen sent out a bowl of beautiful orange segments, strawberries and pomegranate seeds. Weekday lunch is the cheapest option, though not for the six gents seated nearby who ordered two bottles of Dom Perignon and carried on with serious red Burgundy (this is haut-Chelsea, after all). There’s a small, high-quality selection of wines under £30, but £40 will give you a better time. For world-class cooking at this level of complexity, it’s worth the extra money.

 

Venue name: Medlar
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Address: 438 King's Road
London
SW10 0LJ
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Fulham Broadway tube or bus 11, 22
Price: Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £26 3 courses; (Sat, Sun) £35 3 courses. Set dinner (Mon-Sat) £45 3 courses;(Sun) £35 3 courses

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Cambria

This restaurant was amazing enough that I would do anything to recommend it. The staff was so courteous and kind. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful date. The food was beautiful and lovely. The wine the somalier was perfectly paired with our meal. And to top it off, they served the most delicious truffles for dessert, made in-house! I would recommend it for the perfect meal with friends or a date. My favorite restaurant in London!

Dr. Dine

I don't get all the rave reviews. Couldn't taste crab in the crab raviolo or apricot and cinnamon in the ice cream by that name. Broad bean and pea soup with summer truffle was pea soup with barely a hint of broad bean and no truffle flavour at all. Service was intrusive, constantly topping up wine, water and bread despite being asked not too. Decaf. was not available and the wine list very overpriced. A very ordinary experience.

Lucy

A brilliant restaurant and stands out from others in the area, i am still dreaming about the crab ravioli. Our dinner was very reasonably priced for such delicious food.

jane

Fabulous, imaginative food, all delightfully fresh and seasonal, beautifully presented and served up by a fun yet highly professional team. It's hard to think of a more stylish & in vogue place to go in London at the moment. Prices are still very keen too, since they've only been open a few weeks. Better go before word gets round .......