Fine dining delights: high-quality restaurants in and around Chelsea

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If there’s one thing that London’s not short of it’s high-quality dining options. And, should you choose Chelsea as the base for your stay in the city, then you’re guaranteed a fantastic selection of nearby mid-range-cum-expensive restaurants to make your visit to the UK capital one to remember – for every one of your senses…

Kai Mayfair

(65 South Audley Street W1K 2QU)

Perfect for those who fancy something a little more selective and stylised than the usual menu offerings you’re offered at even properly quality Chinese restaurants, Kai benefits enormously from the inventive streak of founder Bernard Yeoh’s kitchen, while its ground-floor dining room’s an enormously elegant space in which to indulge in a delicious Mayfair dinner thanks to its interior décor built around an idiosyncratic aquarium; an environment that simply oozes self-confidence as well as style and comfort. And, perhaps best of all, is the supreme service – you’ll neither go away from Kai hungry nor lacking in a tasty meal.

St. John

(26 St John Street EC1M 4AY)

British cuisine may not be as obvious, certainly not as revered, as those from other parts of the world, but you may be forgiven for totally forgetting that during a visit to Smithfield’s legendary St. John. Driven by well-sourced, simply but excellently cooked, traditional British food, St. John is also a source for great dishes featuring forgotten cuts and more obscure ingredients on its twice-daily-changing menu. Quite frankly, it’s particular flavour of stripped-down luxury dining simply has to be experienced on a spoil-yourself-rotten trip to the UK capital.

Le Gavroche

(43 Upper Brook Street W1K 7QR)

Unapologetically excellent in its fine dining aims, Le Gavroche is a jewel in Chelsea’s crown of attractions – and no mistake. Having celebrated its half-century last year, the establishment that was first opened by the iconic Roux brothers that’s now under the auspice of the second-generation Michel Roux Jr. is the go-to haute cuisine restaurant for both locals and visitors to the area – especially those staying at nearby luxury boutique hotels Chelsea.

Fair dos, as eating out goes, it’s far from the cheapest option out there (as set lunch including half a bottle of wine is liable to set you back more than £50), but the menu, the taste and the all-round experience is divine, augmented as it is by the restaurant’s irresistible club-like décor. Moreover, the food’s more than matched by the wine list, which is imperiously filled with at least 50 different types of wine – and, of course, service to a tee.

Gordon Ramsay’s Maze

(10-13 Grosvenor Square W1K 6JP)

Arty yet elegant and unexpected yet utterly delicious when it comes to flavour, the food and the overall experience to be had at Maze is first-class dining, to say the least. A Mayfair restaurant – a visit to which would top off any stay at San Domenico House hotel Chelsea – that’s notorious as one of the greatest in celebrity chef behemoth Gordon Ramsay’s empire; its offering of European-Asian plates is sure to sate the palate of any diner… and more!