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