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“Highlight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Medlar

Medlar
438 Kings Road, London SW10 0LJ, England (Chelsea)
020 7349 1900
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Ranked #74 of 17,041 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $38 - $57
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Sydney
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Medlar's quiet understated exterior belies the delights that await once you step inside. On a Tuesday at lunchtime it was almost full when we arrived and our table, booked several months in advance, was waiting for us. We had received a courtesy email the day before reminding us of our booking, and the original booking had met with an enthusiastic response and a reassurance that we could cancel even on the day if necessary.
From the cumin dressing like a cloud on my Kevlar farm carrot entree, to the elderflower and prosecco jelly with strawberries, everything was perfectly cooked and presented. The ingredients were good quality, the sommelier had encyclopaedic knowledge, and the owner was on hand to engage us in conversation, correct the placement of a plate by the junior waiter, and personally choose the cheeseboard for my partner.
The free glass of port because we had travelled so far was the finishing touch to make this a truly memorable meal.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dereham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very good, superb cheese”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

A mildly unprepossessing building concealing a rather stylish interior which was surprisingly busy for a Monday night. An unusual menu with French influence.

Duck egg tart followed by roast coquelet (young cockerel) followed by chocolate torte was a pleasant well executed combination. F had thinly sliced veal with roast cod to follow, but the highlight was undoubtedly the jelly dessert. The elderflower and prosecco jelly was accompanied by fresh strawberries with mint and an intensely flavoured strawberry sorbet. It was brilliantly executed. Followed by decent coffee and superb chocolate truffles.

The table next to us had a couple of smart young ladies. They opted for the cheese course and mine host treated them to his speciality cheese. A five year aged Gruyere. He was so proud of it that he gave a sliver to me. It was a "wow" moment. Gorgeous flavour, very intense and with the crunch of salt crystals. Marvellous treat.

Service was smooth and efficient. Dishes were explained and recommendations given.

Ambience was good but for the chap on the adjacent table (on the . (restaurant can't help who is on the adjacent table but it did affect the ambience as a rather rude chap was too close to ignore).

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LONDON
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Chelsea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This Restaurant receives such good reviews that many have Dodge51 's sky high expectations. The food is just superb. The menu changes regularly and at £40 for three courses I do not think you can complain given the quality. Wine is fairly priced and high quality. Service discreet but experienced. All in all a super place.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Sadly disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

I had been wanting to go to this restaurant for some time, having read the very positive reviews in the newspapers.

The opportunity arose recently with overseas guests in town, I booked a table for 4. On arrival staff were very friendly and we had a nice table by the window. The menu is a fixed price £39.95 for 3 courses, (it didn't mention a price for 2 courses). The menu read very well and there were ample choices for meat, fish and veggie eaters. Drinks orders were taken, (no offer of tap water was made). Food order was placed and I was given the wine list, the sommelier appeared and after expressing an interest in Spanish wines, his general selections were all in the higher price end of the list, I chose a Rioja £55, wine generally started at £25, but there was very little of interest until the £40+ level, (Wine mark-up was over the top).
Bread was presented in a wicker basket, 2 choices, very tasty.

The food however arrived really quickly after our order, (worryingly so), however what really surprised us was the presentation, all the starters came on small plates and the food looked like it had been plonked on from high. I had ordered crab ravioli, it was a single ravioli, its flavour was ok, but the pasta was too al dente and chewy, the dish was ruined by the sloppy appearance.

The mains came and again the same small plates were used and this time it was a miracle food didn’t cascade over the edges as the plates were piled up like a transport cafe, just horrible. My skate had good flavour and was cooked well, but it looked awful.

Both the wine and bottled water was constantly filled, even though only a sip had been taken, it seemed the staff were on commission to flog as many bottles as possible, which made the evening most un-relaxed.

The deserts were the best presented, the size of plate used were at last appropriate to the quantity on display and it tasted good, I had figs with a cake and ice-cream and the rest had a chocolate number.

What was slightly odd, during desert, the waitress noticed some of the water glasses were empty and came over and asked if we would now like a carafe of tap water, it was like we had reached max commission level and it was now ok to offer the free stuff?

No coffee was had, though they did bring out chocolate truffles (very tasty) and the bill came to £269 for 4, 4 x set meal, 1 x Rioja, 1 x Martini, 1 x G&T lots of water

This restaurant in some of the reviews portrays it as a fabulous local, I know London is expensive, but, at nearly £70pp, I am not sure this could be classified as a local.

To sum up, the starters were average, the mains good flavour, the desserts very nice, but the meal was ruined by the appalling presentation that made the food look like prison slop. They should also stop the pushy drinks pouring and review the exorbitant wine mark up.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Definitely good but room for improvement”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

With sky high expectations backed by a solid trustworthy recommendation from a friend, my party of four came away a bit underwhelmed. The ambience was terrific as we basked in perfect late summer evening weather however the service was well below par. Pre dinner drinks going missing. Menu choices inaccurately explained. Billed for 3 instead of 2 bottles of wine. Very sloppy. We had a bit of a mixed bag on the food front. The crab ravioli was way too rich but the halibut ceviche was fanatstic. The skate was on the undercooked side but the beef with snails was a nice combination. The prices are fair and the wine list good value however. A fine restaurant for sure but still scope to raise its game.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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