The much-loved Cheyne Walk restaurant in Chelsea has been given a luscious make-over and has recently re-opened as No. Fifty Cheyne causing quite a stir amongst foodies and alike, so it was only a matter time before we’d pop our heads around to see what the fuss is all about.
As we get comfortable in our booth like seats, we are perfectly positioned to admire our surroundings. We take in the new decor in this 70 seated restaurant which in our opinion has an intimate members bar feel, with a warming calescent open grill and a wonderful bar directly in front of us that tempts us into ordering a glass of fizz to begin our culinary adventure.
We were particularly keen to see Jason Atherton’s protégé, Iain Smith in action in his new role as Head Chef and who we’re told will be creating a constantly evolving menu focusing on the best of British ingredients, selected seasonally to deliver high quality and irresistible dishes. We start with a salad of beetroot, heritage carrots, pickled apple and pears with a cashew nut cream, fresh with a yummy array of different flavours in each bite, scallop and langoustine with squid ink black rice and Champagne sauce, this was dreamy the scallops were divine, all of the flavours worked together beautifully. Upon recommendation we also ordered the slow-cooked hen’s egg, with asparagus, creamed spinach and wild garlic another delicious treat – great openers for our first course.
It happens to be one of those days were my party of three all go meaty, two of us opt for a rib-eye and veal from the said grill and the third, beef fillet and cheek, with spinach and rainbow chard. I think we all unanimously made sounds that showed our appreciation for the meaty goodness in front of us, each cooked to perfection and flavoursome as meat should be. Definite winners!
Needless to say, dessert was the perfect end to our feast, the seasonal special of caramelised puff pastry, poached rhubarb, sorbet and rippled chantilly was very British and delish. The lemon posset, yogurt and mango compote was zingy and fresh and who can ever resist a sticky toffee pudding when it’s on the menu (definitely not us) and this one was especially good.
Dinner done, we were given a preview of the 50 seat cocktail bar and ‘drawing room’ upstairs. The stunning ruby-red first floor cocktail bar, will see Head Bartender, Max Berrington, at the helm. Having steered Brønnum in Copenhagen to the award of ‘Best Bar’ in the Danish capital, Max has returned home to the UK to create the cocktail list for this charming, whimsical space, which we are told is nearly ready so we are looking forward to visiting it in its full glory on our next trip.
No. Fifty Cheyne has been designed to be a neighbourhood restaurant and though it’s a little out of our local area, we’ll be sure to make it a destination restaurant for us. All in all the food, the vibes and no doubt the cocktail bar we’re sure will be attracting guests from London and beyond.
No. Fifty Cheyne, 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5LR