When Kurobuta popped up on the Kings Road back in 2013, it injected Chelsea’s food scene with vigour. It got everyone talking, because Chelsea is a part of London that, whilst has classic restaurants, rarely gets people really excited about food… or so you might think. We caught up with Kurobuta’s owner, Scott Hallsworth, to find out his five favourite Chelsea restaurants which will satisfy any foodie.
Why:For the Kings Road standards, Medlar is decidedly unpretentious and takes simple ingredients to new levels. A thoughtful complexity characterises the menu and a real care has been taken over the sublime seasonal produce to create masterful French styled dishes with global influences.
Make Sure You Order : Crisp calf’s brain salad with aioli, pink fir, nasturtium and dandelion and sautéed gnocchi with white onion purée, eryngii, wet walnuts and homemade fresh ricotta.
Where: 438 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0LJ
Native British Produce
Why: Native British produce showcased at its finest, with menu ingredients coming from the restaurants own garden in Sussex. The discreet décor is understated; something which can’t be said for the surprisingly elaborate and beautiful dishes.
Make Sure You Order: Completely depends on the time of year, as the menu constantly evolved in accordance with the seasons!
Where: The Five Fields 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, SW3 2SP
Why: Peruvian cuisine is one of the most richly influenced which makes it one of the most interesting. Chicama is inspired by the Peruvian coastline and specialises in superb seafood which is delivered fresh daily. The rather informal atmosphere of lively music always ensures a fun venue to sample the tastes of Peru.
Make Sure You Order: Sea bass ceviche, orange tigers milk, grilled corn, heritage tomato or whole cooked John Dory over charcoal
Where: 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP
Feel good Vietnamese
Why: Funnily enough, Phat Phuc translates as Happy Buddha in Vietnamese, and it’s a dangerously accurate representation of how I feel after eating here: content and satisfied. All their dishes deliver authentic feel-good flavours, largely thanks to their stocks which are made from scratch, an essential element in Vietnamese cooking.
Make Sure You Order: Pho Duck, or any Pho for that matter and Laksa
Where: The Courtyard 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NT
Why: La Delizia goes far beyond that of a pizzeria, and it’s truly ingrained itself as a neighbourhood restaurant. The welcoming staff, Italian murals, closely guarded recipes and enticing aromas make La Delizia a spot for all occasions.
Make Sure You Order: Crostone Pugliese – toasted bread with turnip tops, anchovy fillets and burrata cheese or any pizza
Where: La Delizia Restaurant 63/65 Chelsea Manor Street, Chelsea, SW3 5RZ