A meal at Medlar, Chelsea

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated a fairly depressing birthday so not wanting to do anything major, I booked a table at French restaurant Medlar for myself and @bmcboy. The choice was partly due to glowing reviews the restaurant has received recently and partly due to the fact that is one of the few good places open on a Sunday evening.
Located by World’s End, Medlar could be easily missed with its unassuming entrance. Inside, smooth, modern decor and a quiet ambiance. 

It’s more of a winter place I feel, but it still felt relaxing on an unusually warm July evening. The service was brilliant from the start: friendly yet not oppressive and with ad hoc touches we really appreciated.


While enjoying a Kir Royal, we perused the menus. Sunday is possibly the best day to visit. You can park right across the street and you get to pay only £30 for three courses which is a total bargain for food this quality. Not that during the week is less convenient at £39 anyway.

With a good choice amongst the starters and mains, there is something for everyone. Having planned to try their famous duck egg starter, I sadly did not feel like egg – I opted for a delicious Crab Raviolo with samphire, brown shrimp and fondue of leeks and bisque sauce. Flavours married really well and created a dish well balanced and light. 
@bmcboy went for Crisp Lamb fries with trevisano, Jersey royal potatoes and sauce ravigote. It was just as good as my starter.


He found his main of Monkfish with broad beans possibly not as well assembled with a bit too many ingredients. 

My choice of main was Assiette of pork with sauce vierge, peas, green beans, white anchovies and crackling. While it sounds heavy, it actually wasn’t. The braised cheek was extremely well cooked, the pork chop tender and seasoned and the crackling particularly good. When the waiter saw us sharing the last morsel, he brought us a cup of crackling which I thought was a lovely touch. He noticed and made no fuss, but totally got the point. 


Medlar’s dessert list is impressive – with an often changing menu, on our night we had 9 to choose from which was quite hard! 
Since it was my birthday I decided to treat myself to a very good Millefeuille with blackberry and lemon curd, although I think the lemon curd was more like a lemon cream, I really liked it. 
@bmcboy had Honeycomb ice cream with chocolate tuile, maybe not as special as other desserts but still highly enjoyable. 

When I asked if I could keep the menu, the waiter asked if we were there for a special occasion. Having found out it was my birthday, he brought us an ice cream scoop with a candle. Again, unrequested and not required but a lovely  touch nevertheless.

Overall we had a great night. Very good food, fantastic service, a great wine list and a pleasant venue in a gorgeous location. If I wasnt blown away like I sort of expected, I surely will be coming back to try more of Medlar’s seasonal and varied menu.

Medlar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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