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Last night, I popped into Made in Italy on the King’s Road and had a late lunch or early supper on the roof terrace. I’m caught in a Catch 22 situation at the moment; the more exercise I do, the more carbs I crave. What is going on?

Though admittedly, a visit to Made in Italy never feels like a burden. And yesterday was no different.

I had the Rigatoni Mama Mia: Rigatoni with homemade meatballs, aubergines, cherry tomatoes and parmesan, which was very yummy.

The bf had the Fra Rosario pizza: Mozerella, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted potatoes, sausage, onion, capers, rosemary. Also great!

And I had just one glass of wine (pre-hols discipline again!), whilst the bf had a couple of bottles of Moretti.

If you’re heading there to make the most of the summer, buon appetito!

This afternoon I had a meeting at The Troubador and given how muggy it was I suggested that we sat in the garden. It’s been a while since I’ve sat in that garden and it reminded me of the times I used to hang out there when I lived around the corner on Redcliffe Square; drinking jugs of Pimm’s at a time.

I love The Troubador. It’s a place full of character.

Medlar is a King’s Road restaurant that has successfully built its reputation on word of mouth. It has wooed the food critics and locals alike. So last week, I went along for dinner to see what the fuss was all about.

Located along the World’s End strip of the King’s Road, Medlar didn’t disappoint. The ambiance was relaxing and welcoming; the service was friendly and efficient; and the food … ? Great!

Crab Raviolo with samphire, brown shrimp, fondue of leeks and bisque sauce.

Assiette of rabbit with pomme anna, carrot pureé, red onion marmalade and lovage.

Halibut with petits pois a la Francaise, lardo, radish, baby gem and jersey royals.

Chocolate and almond torte with honeycomb ice cream and caramel sauce.

Buttermilk panna cotta with English strawberries, pistachios and financier.

Wine …

Speaking to Matt at the restaurant, we’d learnt why the simple concept of having a prix fixe menu at the centre of Medlar worked so well. It all comes down to the staff who work there. Apparently, the majority of the team originally met whilst they were working at Chez Bruce in 2005. Years later, they’re now reunited in Chelsea and have brought their expertise to this neighbourhood restaurant.

If you haven’t tried Medlar out yet, do. It’s a great experience, local or otherwise. But if you fancy a second opinion, take a look at this post by local food blogger, No Reservations.

Medlar Restaurant, 438 Kings Road, Chelsea SW10 0LJ, 020 7349 1900.

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I’m not great at turning up to a party on time but last night I finally made it down to The Jam Tree on the King’s Road – and wow! This venue hasn’t been so popular since it was CTR (Come The Revolution). I’m not even sure what it was before The Jam Tree. But that doesn’t matter anymore. This place has come back to life!

Last night was a Hog Roast, pre-Embargo, party and the beer garden was steaming. By the time we arrived, the the roast had finished so I can’t comment on the food (like I said, not on time). But I did have a Kickjam cocktail which consisted of an espresso shot with Russian standard vodka and raspberry jam, which was delicious. It tasted like a smoother and thicker version of an espresso martini. I couldn’t taste the tinge of raspberry though.

If you’ve been to The Jam Tree in Olympia, Chelsea has quite a different vibe. It feels fresher, for obvious reasons. The main food menu also looks intriguing; I’ll be trying it soon. I’ve always enjoyed the food at the Kensington branch, so am feeling relatively optimistic with the fare here.

A final note: It’s worth following The Jam Tree Chelsea on Twitter to find out which fab DJs will be coming up. Tonight has DJ Femi Fem from the Young Disciples; a band I used to L-O-V-E!

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