Restaurant Review: No. Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea in London
An elegant townhouse situated deep within the sleepy streets of residential Chelsea, No. Fifty Cheyne is the Royal Borough’s latest laid-back luxe destination. A refined private house overlooking the Thames and leafy Cheyne Gardens, its dining room space is beautifully set up as an intimate living room with a staircase leading guests upstairs to a bar and private dining room.
Proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s and Founding Director of the Old Vic Theatre, Sally Greene is responsible for this re-launch which opened its doors in February this year. A place where food and drink aficionados come together, Sally has Head Chef Iain Smith at the reins whose mission it is to deliver high quality dishes from an indulgent menu. Having worked as one of Jason Atherton’s chef’s at Social Eating House and his other New York and London restaurants, together with the Galvin Brothers’ Kitchens, this new menu showcases the best of his culinary skills.
Dishes are as sophisticated as its clientele. From scallop langoustine with squid ink black rice and Champagne sauce, salad of beetroot with heritage carrots, pickled apple and pears with cashew nut cream to slow-cooked hen’s egg with asparagus, morels and wild garlic – starters set the culinary scene, each highly considered and carefully executed. Main dishes from land and sea praise the very finest in European cuisine. Fresh out of the kitchen or from the open grill which is situated within the main dining room space, choose from Herdwick lamb with celeriac, pistachio pesto and a hot pot, native lobster with soft leeks, Romanesco with lobster bisque or a fillet of hake and cheek with creamed spinach and smoked bone marrow.
An impressive grill listing completes against any of London’s top steak houses. With a wide selection extending beyond Sirloin, Rib Eye or T-Bone – No. Fifty Cheyne’s grill also freshly sears cuts including pork cutlets, an exquisite Veal Chateau or a grilled fish of the day. These can each be paired with the classic collection of sauces to complement: béarnaise or peppercorn as well as smoked bone marrow. For sharing, the grill selection also extends to a 14oz Chateaubriand, Herdwick rack of lamb with caramelised onions and wild mushrooms or a full sharing size catch of the day with squid ink black rice, lemon and gremolata. Sides to further elevate each – choose from creamed spinach, grilled broccolini, mashed potatoes, chunky chips with aged beef fat or a lighter spring leaf salad with lemon vinaigrette.
Designed to give Chelsea a refined yet homely retreat with a smart but relaxed feel, No. Fifty Cheyne encourages those who visit to while away the hours in the comfort of its welcoming walls. Within the ‘drawing room’ can be found No. Fifty Cheyne’s glimmering cocktail bar with a menu that took over 18 months to conceive. Working in tandem with Iain Smith to ensure quality runs in parallel across its food and drink offering, some of his creative concoctions include the ‘Chelsea Ramos’ – tonka infused Silent Pool Gin, with Champagne, coconut, cream, citrus & egg white, the Garden of Eden created with Wolfschmidt Kummel, apple & lavender shrub, fresh apple juice & Champagne. Another ingenious creation is the mint espresso martini – mirroring that of an After Eight chocolate, with a whiskey base, this is a must try that is unique to No. Fifty Cheyne.
With its design beautifully executed by Lambert and Brown, across two floors No. Fifty Cheyne is a luxury lifestyle destination created by and for those who are passionate about great food and drink. A restaurant centred around an interactive flame lit grill, as well as a cocktail bar and private dining room, here a concept surrounds passion and perfection, endeavouring to be the local’s favourite new culinary destination.
Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LR, fiftycheyne.com
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday. Restaurant: 12pm – 10.30pm. Bar and Drawing Room – 5.30pm – Midnight