My favourite kind of restaurants are the ones that place great emphasis on seasonal ingredients, generous portions and bold yet simple flavours. Elystan Street is one of such restaurants. Led by Phil Howard (formerly executive chef at The Square) and tucked away on a quiet, residential street off Fulham Road, the restaurant proudly serves memorable, flavourful and "gimmick-free" dishes.
Elystan Street stands out from most London restaurant because its cuisine and interiors reverberate a timeless feel - one that merges contemporary sensibilities of simplification and freshness with the bold flavours of pure, traditional Anglo-French cuisine. It's the kind of space where families, businesspeople and food enthusiasts alike all come to enjoy dishes that engender both familiar and cutting-edge qualities.
In the dishes I tasted, I was particularly impressed by the quality of the ingredients. For example, the Clementine cured salmon took on a fresh and powerful depth of flavour and texture. The crushed butternut also exhibited a heavenly sweetness that nicely complimented the tender and lightly salted breast of goose. Furthermore, the restaurant's small, well-lit and pared back interior produces an intimate ambience that makes it the perfect destination for a lazy lunch.
Essentially, Elystan Street is the kind of place that one can return to regularly for any kind of occasion. The restaurant's cuisine impresses customers without being overly experimental - a balance that is often very difficult to achieve. It's definitely become one of my London favourites!
43 Elystan Street