Best restaurants in Chelsea
From classics to innovators, here are the top dining spots in Chelsea
Here’s our top picks of the very best restaurants in Chelsea that offer varied menus, carefully sourced ingredients and a fabulous atmosphere. Whether you fancy something simple or refined, lively or elegant, here are a few spots to head to after a day at the Chelsea Flower Show this month.
Co-owned by Rebecca Mascarenhas and The Square’s Phil Howard, Elystan Street offers a fabulous blend of simplicity and refinement with a focus on vegetables and a lightness of touch. The menu is sublime – from hand-cut fusilli with lamb rib ragu to watermelon gazpacho to barbecued octopus, every meal can be accompanied by a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive collection of popular and niche brands.
Read our interview with Elystan Street’s Phil Howard on his favourite dishes and life in Barnes.
The Chelsea Corner
The phenomenal Italian menu and the understated charm of its décor make The Chelsea Corner a special place on the dining map of London. Ingredients are carefully sourced and kept seasonal, including daily landed fish, and vegetables from New Covent Garden Market. From simple penne arrabbiata to calf’s liver cooked in sage and butter sauce, you can expect the highest quality in every single dish. And did we mention the fabulous selection of coffee?
The Five Fields
Located in the very heart of Chelsea, The Five Fields opens its elegant yet intimate door to the most demanding customers in London. Since 2013, chef patron Taylor Bonnyman and his team have received numerous awards including one Michelin star. The menu might include the likes of a roasted lobster tail with pickled carrots and sea buckthorn or rabbit with charred lettuce. The restaurant offers dishes that are not only delicious but also carefully and ingeniously constructed. In addition, The Five Fields sources herbs and vegetables chiefly from its very own garden, situated in the idyllic Sussex countryside.
Inspired by the Japanese izakayas – informal bars that serve tapas-style plates and alcoholic drinks – Kurobuta originated as a pop-up but proved so popular that it is now is a permanent fixture in Chelsea’s landscape. Guests can choose from a wide and creative selection of dishes, including tuna sashimi pizza, miso baked aubergine and tea-smoked lamb chops. And, of course, fresh and brilliant sushi variations.
Wulf & Lamb Chelsea
Merely moments from Sloane Square, this lovely plant-based restaurant offers a charming interior as well as a palm tree courtyard. With a menu constructed from vegan versions of familiar classics, it boasts mouthwatering dishes such as chargrilled cauliflower steak, chilli *non* carne and the jack burger with pulled jackfruit and plant-based cheese. Wulf & Lamb Chelsea welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between.
New Culture Revolution
With its fabulous newly renovated indoor space, New Culture Revolution serves an impressive selection of dim sum, noodles, main dishes, and mouthwatering desserts. Noodles and dumplings are made by hand every single day. Head there for outstanding kung pao prawns or, if a vegetarian option is preferred, stir-fried tofu family style. Prices are very reasonable too – especially for this part of London.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Claude Bosi at Bibendum offers one of the most innovative and aesthetically pleasing menus in the whole London area. Located in the iconic Michelin House, the restaurant boasts a menu consisting primarily of simple yet perfectly refined dishes that emphasize the taste of carefully sourced seasonal ingredients. It also offers an original oyster bar with an outstanding selection of seafood and a curated wine menu.
Peggy Porschen Chelsea
Transfer your body and mind into the pinkest corner in London. Pamper yourself with indulgent buttermilk pancakes and scrumptious brioche French toasts, or opt for granola for a lighter yet equally delicious option. Often dubbed the prettiest cafe in the world, Peggy Porschen offers an extravagant sweet and savoury menu in a gorgeous setting.
Inspired by the richness and variety of the Middle East and the flavours of Roaya Saleh’s childhood, Villa Mamas is entirely halal. There is something wonderfully satisfying and indulgent about the restaurant’s signature dishes which include braised lamb shank served with pine nuts, rosemary and vermicelli, as well as machboos deyay: a chicken pilaf that is the national dish of Bahrain. Just save some space for desserts such as saffron ice cream with candy floss and Egyptian bread pudding with rice.
A local landmark since 1853, The Surprise is a beautifully designed free house that offers a cosy village pub aesthetic combined with a varied menu, excellent Sunday roasts and a wide selection of puddings. And don’t get us started on their four-pages long list of fantastic drinks! In addition, the stylish Hamilton Room (named for HMS Surprise’s distinguished captain Sir Edward Hamilton, not the Broadway musical) can sit up to 28 people for cocktails and canapés or a private lunch or dinner party.