TPH of Chelsea

Restaurants, Indian Chelsea
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Venue says It may be off the beaten track, but the Painted Heron is worth hunting down for its inventive, offbeat take on contemporary Indian cuisine.

Upscale Chelsea Indian popular with well-heeled local residents, some pretty flamboyant cooking in an elegant venue.

Since this review was published, Painted Heron has changed its name to TPH of Chelsea and updated its menu. Time Out Food editors, March 2018.

Popular with well-heeled local residents, this classy destination is smartly furnished in a restrained grey-brown palette. The menu is much more flamboyant, although dishes are seasoned with classic spice blends. Deep-fried soft-shell crab, coated in a ground rice and sesame-seed batter, was outstanding for its crisp crust that yielded to reveal the sweet flesh below.

We were also taken by a heap of juicy shrimps tossed in raunchy red chilli and tamarind masala – with a garlicky flatbread obligingly soaking up the juices. Mains were not in the same league. Tangy goan fish curry, although studded with sizeable scallops and juicy prawns, was let down by a heavy onion-ginger sauce that overwhelmed the seafood. Sri Lankan chicken curry – spiked with ginger, dried chillies and fried onion masala – made a much better impression with its toasted coriander spicing and tender strips of softened gourd.

The Painted Heron’s left-field signature dish of strawberry curry has become an annual summer spectacle: strawberry juice, reduced, seasoned with toasted cumin and lime juice and studded with squishy berries; it was as delectable as it was wacky. Service seriously needs to spruce itself up if it’s to match the fabulous cooking.


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TPH of Chelsea says
It may be off the beaten track, but The Painted Heron is worth hunting down for its inventive, offbeat take on contemporary Indian cuisine. Chef Yogesh Datta joyously embraces seasonal produce and his side dishes of strawberry curry and English asparagus and broad bean curry, are must-haves when available. Fish such as wild sea trout and cod come from Hastings boats; rabbit, squab pigeon, guinea fowl, duck and venison – meats often ignored by Indian restaurants – frequently appear too. The menu contains enough familiar names to reassure lovers of classic curry, but these dishes often come with a twist – such as lamb roganjosh with dried apples, and chicken korma with almonds.
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Venue name: TPH of Chelsea
Address: 112 Cheyne Walk
SW10 0DJ
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday Lunch 11:30am-3:30pm & Dinner 6:00pm-11:00pm
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square then bus 11, 22
Price: Main courses £13.50-£20
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I was please about the ambience, it is elegant and fine, exactly as the food. Delicious food and classy place.

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A boutique fine dining experience. Very efficient service. The waiter didn't bring pencil and pad but remembered our order for 4 people in his head and the dishes came he knew who ordered what. We were very impressed. The soft shell crab is the best fried in breadcrumbs with spices. Delicious. Some of the dishes on the menu are paired with wines which is very helpful for someone like me who doesn't know their wines. The final bill was very good considering the quality of the food and venue, I think they can get away with charging more. Worth the trip.

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Very good food, very good service. We were a group of 14 and they were mostly very accommodating to our needs. Slightly surprising that they didn't have more than two main dishes to offer which were nut-free or gluten-free. Also somewhat irked that, for a bill totalling £480, they pointed out that 77p was missing from the final tally (despite the fact that they had automatically added a 12.5% service charge to this bill which was, of course, optional).

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Amazing creative and original food. Best Indian we've had. We've never tried some of the dishes or even seen them elsewhere before so when we came here we made sure to try a few new things. Everything we had was either good or really really good. The service was also really, really nice - very friendly yet unobtrusive, just what you want in a restaurant. I'd classify the restaurant as fine-dining as the setting is really nice, the food is beautifully presented, and the price reflects that - although they have a brunch menu which is a 3 course set menu with good choice and excellent value for money.


This is a fanatic Indian restaurant in a lovely location. The food is excellent, a wide variety of classics and favourites as well as their own signature dishes. All the courses were delicious. This place often does offers on their website so it's well worth checking. Local trivia - Bryan Adams has a house opposite.

I have a horrible experience dinning at this restaurant with a mouse running under tell table and the waiters just to tell us to calm down because It might came from the open door of the place! I asked to cancel our order and they asked us to pay!! I don't recommend to amybody

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Your records will show that I have been enjoying your food for many year. When I phone up for a booking I don't want to hear endlless advertising bullshit. Your website is naff, too.