Celebrity hotspot, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, is nestled in the heart of beautiful Chelsea and is spoilt with charming riverside views. Since its opening in 2003, the petite but classically chic restaurant has firmly established itself as something of a Chelsea institution. Cheyne Walk Brasserie offers simple, yet luxurious French brasserie dishes and cocktails in a elegantly modern setting.
Over the years, Cheyne Walk Brasserie has gained a strong reputation within not just its affluent neighbourhood of Chelsea but even further afield. The restaurant is owned by Sally Greene OBE, an entrepreneur in the entertainment and arts field and owner of several key London theatres including Criterion Theatre, Old Vic Theatre and productions and world renowned and iconic jazz club Ronnie Scott’s.
The Salon upstairs offers a unique venue for special events and parties. The atmosphere evokes that of an indulgent French salon with beautiful river views and deep chaise longues to relax on. The Salon hosts monthly Wine Clubs where some of the world’s best and most delicious wines are tasted.
Head Chef Christophe Dittrich and his team at Cheyne Walk Brasserie have spruced up its menu this Winter with some delicious new dishes, inspired by some of the hottest new food trends both in London and in the restaurant’s heartland and ultimate foodie destination – France.
Talking about the new menu, Head Chef Christophe Dittrich said, “Working with local suppliers here in Chelsea to select the finest meats, the best quality fish and other key ingredients is always part of what makes our dishes so superb. In addition to this, the newest menu has been created after months of reading, testing and researching the key food trends here in London and further afield. We want to ensure that whilst we champion our classic french brasserie roots, we are also at the forefront of what is happening in the wider culinary world.”
In addition to our personal favourite – Pan fried Scallops with peas, morteau sausage, girolles and espelette, the new dishes include Hand picked Cornish Crab with avocado and mango tian; Beetroot gravlax with pickled cucumber and horseradish cream; Tuna sashimi with gremolata and wasabi mayonnaise; Roast butternut squash with jerusalem artichokes, manchego and truffle oil; Cod supreme with suckling pig chorizo, coco beans and confit peppers and finally a delicious salad of Smoked duck breast, fourme d’ambert, black figs, croutons and lamb lettuce.
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Before sitting down to dinner we spent some time at the bar sampling some delicious cocktails created by the restaurant’s new mixologist genius who hails from the far flung shores of the French island of Reunion.
At the centre of the dining room is an open grill where much of the Provencal-inspired menu is prepared and cooked to perfection, allowing diners to watch the skills of Head Chef Christophe Dittrich in action.
Tempted by the Pour Patienter suggestions, we started the meal sampling the charcuterie board and charcoal grilled bread with salted Isigny butter in true Gallic style. Charcuterie consisted of a selection of French saucisson and cured meat served with pickles.
Burgundy Snails with Garlic Butter was a generous serving of 12 snails per person.
Foie Gras Terrine was served with Brioche and Ginger Bread together with Chutney.
Whole Sea Bass can be served on or off the bone depending on your level of skill and dexterity with a fish knife.
Colne Valley Rack of Lamb is best accompanied by Dauphinoise Potatoes.
For dessert, try the decadent Chocolate Fondant served with Mint & Chocolate ice cream and a rich chocolate sauce.
Cheyne Walk Brasserie was recently named as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey’s all time favourite restaurant and if the delicious dinner we enjoyed here was anything to go by, we can certainly see why Gordon Ramsey rates it so highly. This Chelsea institution deserves its reputation and Dittrich’s new menu simply must be savoured by anyone who values gastronomic talent at its finest.
Cheyne Walk Brasserie
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5LR
020 7376 8787