I was lucky enough to dine at Medlar recently, a restaurant serving seasonal modern French style food on the King’s Road in Chelsea. My friend lives in London and has dined here on a number of occasions in the past, she has enjoyed her meal every time. From the street this restaurant looks like any other, however once inside the welcome is warm and the restaurant boasts comfortable and understated elegance. Attentive and if I may say, happy staff are on hand throughout dinner, showing a real knowledge of the menu and providing advice where sought. The wine list is extensive with wine to suit every taste and budget.
I struggled to decide what to have, the menu being very much to my taste. My starter consisted perfectly cooked tagliatelle with sautéed cod cheeks, broad beans, asparagus and wild garlic, lightly done and perfectly balanced. My friend opted for ham and asparagus with a poached pheasant egg and tapanade, we both left empty plates.
For mains my friend chose a main of duck with potato & celeriac terrine, pear and a beetroot puree, the earthy beetroot a delicious partner to the perfectly pink duck breast. My main was trio of rabbit with wild garlic white polenta and morels. I can honestly say this is one of the tastiest plates of food I’ve ever eaten. The balance in the dish was sublime and were it not for the fact that I was happily full, I would have eaten the entire plate again, just to taste it. I think good food speaks for itself and with me it makes me want to come home and try to recreate a dish, even if only part of it in a small way. Hands down a real knockout dish for me.
After two seriously tasty courses, my friend and I were both in a savoury mood so it was the cheeseboard for us, accompanied by a very nice glass of Madeira. The cheeseboard was extensive with a good selection on offer, all served at the perfect room temperature.
There is a real charm to Medlar, the food is beautifully presented and the service faultless. I thoroughly recommend that you give it a try.