No. Fifty Cheyne – one of London’s most anticipated recent openings – had such impatient people waiting the restaurant was forced to launch their website early in order to start taking bookings a month ahead of their opening on Monday 1st April.
Sally Greene’s Cheyne Walk restaurant is hugely popular among the locals and has been sorely missed while it’s been undergoing a refurbishment. So what’s changed?
Jason Atherton’s protégé, Iain Smith, leads the kitchen as Head Chef. Expect a constantly
evolving, creative menu that focuses on the best of British. The ingredients used are selected seasonally to deliver the highest quality, which will result in perfect dishes.
Iain Smith gained extensive experience in the Galvin Brothers’ Kitchens, where he was able to hone his passion. This was then amplified when he was appointed Head Chef at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in London and his New York restaurants.
“I’m hugely looking forward to showing Chelsea and the rest of London how my enjoyment and passion for my craft shows in all the menus. It is my hope that everyone feels the love that’s gone into every dish and shares that enjoyment,’’ Iain said recently.
His debut menu includes John Dory with braised black cabbage, potato straw and roast chicken broth, and seared scallops with a shellfish and tomato ragout with cabbage pesto. If they’re still on the menu when you visit then try the snail and black pudding vol-au-vent with parsley and garlic, and the aged beef fillet and cheek with creamed spinach and smoked bone marrow. They’re rich, well seasoned and cooked excellently.
The restaurant’s wine lists have been carefully crafted by the group’s F&B Director, Peter Horton. The ‘Library List’, a premium, has been individually selected based on excellence and vintage, and the complete list has been priced with guest choice in mind. The stunning ruby-red First Floor cocktail bar sees 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 the charming, whimsical Drawing Room, giving guests a beautiful space to further enjoy their time at No. Fifty Cheyne.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed warmly (quite literally) by an open grill before taking their seat among the 70 available in the classy Provencal-style brasserie. It’s been designed to be the local Chelsea restaurant on the river that’s visited again and again, with a destination for Londoners, and guests from further afield, to experience and enjoy.
For more information visit www.fiftycheyne.com