Friday night in Chelsea and the King’s Road is beginning to fill up. The same however, couldn’t be said for Elistano, the Italian restaurant just off Sloane Avenue. At its peak, there were just 4 tables occupied including my own.

Despite the poor turnout, there were no excuses for slack service, and it wasn’t. Lulu and I were served by a waiter and waitress who took it in turns to serve us – both extremely efficient and courteous.

For starters we ordered the Selection of Deep Fried Seafood to share with a Tartar sauce. It was delish and the selection was definitely varied. I would recommend sharing the platter however as the portion size for one would have been far too much. As a main I had the Gamberoni Picanti – pan-fried king prawns in white wine chili and garlic sauce. Having the world’s worst palette when it comes to spicy food (I missed the chilli bit!) I slightly under estimated how hot they were going to be. Nonetheless, I still ate all of them! They were very good although I would have liked slightly less chilli in mine..! Lulu had the steak which again was good. Sides ordered were fried new potatoes, chips, and a tomato and onion salad – all to standard.

I was full by the time pudding arrived (a brick of chocolate with home-made ice-cream) but I did manage to fit in a few scoops. The ice-cream was amazing as was the choc but I couldn’t help feeling it was all too rich after an enormous main and deep fried starter.

Overall, having so few people in the restaurant, the atmosphere was surprisingly welcoming and warm. I liked how well they captured the essence of the Mediterranean – the service, the smells and the food. However, if this sounds like the place for you prepare yourself! Make sure to take a purse budgeted for a shopping trip in Harrods – extremely overpriced for good but not amazing food. Good for Sunday lunches.

Elistano, 25-27 Elystan Street, Chelsea Green SW3

www.elistano.com

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