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Medlar Restaurant, Chelsea

December 30, 2014

There are endless restaurants to choose from in London, but one of my favourite discoveries this year has to be Chelsea’s Medlar. Discreet in appearance to the average passerby, Medlar is one of the best hidden gems for a serious meal on the Kings Road – a stone’s throw from Vivienne Westood’s boutique.

IMG_1716Reserved for special occasions, it seemed very necessary to take my mom to Medlar for a memorable lunch in the run up to Christmas. We plonked ourselves down on a plush green banquette and raised our Aperol Spritz filled glasses, toasting to happy times together in London over the holidays.

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*In case you don’t know what an Aperol Spritz is, check out my step by step recipe here!*

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It is a challenge to choose from the tantalising menu at Medlar, which is innovative without being over complicated. There is a very impressive wine list that could do serious damage to your credit card. Vino aficionados you have been warned! In an effort to keep warm on a chilly December afternoon, I started with the the mushroom soup with poached quail’s egg, wild mushrooms and black pudding gougères:

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Presented and executed to perfection, this comforting combination of mushroom and soft poached quail egg actually melts in your mouth. I’m not a huge fan of black pudding, but a small warm dab on the inside of the gougères was an interesting and delicious touch. I am still mulling over how my mushroom soup could ever remotely taste this finger-licking good!

I insisted mom try one of my favourite Medlar dishes, crab raviolo with samphire, brown shrimps, fondue of leeks and bisque sauce:

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You haven’t lived until you have a bite of this crab ravioli, which is so perfect it’s hard not to lick the plate clean and wear it as a hat. Nuff said?

I rarely order veal but I had to try the rump of veal with mushroom and reblochon tart, Jerusalem artichoke and crisp brain – yes, I ate brain! The sauce that accompanies this juicy rump has to be a nectar sent from the gods and the chunky fries were so blissfully delicious, my plate was soon spotless.

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Mom continued on her quest to try all things seafood, and ordered the Cornish plaice with mussels, leeks vinaigrette, green beans and agresto. Nemo and his friends were filled with a refreshing zesty flavour perfectly accompanied by crisp fresh greens. This dish will leave you feeling pleasantly full but not stuffed; the portions at Medlar are the ideal size.

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Medlar has an incredible pudding menu to choose from (their seasonal sorbets are worth every calorie), but we were honestly too full to try more, so we restrained ourselves and ordered coffee. If you also find yourself stuffed at this point, fear not, as the lovely Medlar team will present you with their mouth-watering “after thoughts,” home-made truffles and passion fruit flavoured marshmallows. Behold the finale:

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Just when we thought we were being restrained, right!

To spoil that special someone, impress your in-laws or treat your parents, Medlar is ridiculously good with an incredible attentive staff to match. This is definitely a restaurant worth visiting in the New Year whatever your resolutions.

£30 for three courses, £25 for two courses

www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk | @MedlarChelsea

London

Tommi’s Burger Joint, Chelsea

May 15, 2014
When a new and notable burger hotspot opens in London, word spreads very fast, and before you know it, you find yourself joining the masses and waiting in a queue, all for a hamburger and fries! Tommi’s Burger Joint in Chelsea is the latest new burger venue on the King’s Road. I love a good burger, and after hearing from various friends that I had to try the newest Chelsea bun in town, I convinced my gal pal Mathilde to come and see what all the fuss was about with me. Here she is in the window of Tommi’s saying cheers to strangers in the street with a glass of wine in hand!
Toasting to Tommi’s – cheers!
I have to admit I haven’t been to Tommi’s big sister restaurant in Marylebone before, but I had heard good things from burger lovin’ pals. There are no reservations at either location, so you have to just show up and hope the wait isn’t too long. We lucked out and grabbed a table right away by the window- a nice spot to watch the world go by, burger in hand. I didn’t even realise that Made in Chelsea’s Cheska was also there (have no clue who she is if I’m honest!) until Mathilde discreetly pointed her out. Rock music plays in the background and the décor is very cool in a nice, relaxed and laid back kind of way, sort of like a glorified dive bar, but in Chelsea. Chelsea has needed a place like this!
The menu hangs on the wall behind the cashier in all shapes, colours and sizes and is quite straightforward once you pick which sign to read! A burger is £5.90, a cheeseburger is £6.50 and The Order Of The Century (burger, fries and a soda) is £9.90, which are competitive burger prices for London. We decided we had to try The Order of The Century, but with a glass of wine rather than a pop. 
I am a sucker for sauces, so when I saw the Costco sized supply of sauces at Tommi’s, I was a little overwhelmed to say the least. I had arrived in sauce heaven and was going to have a whole line up of saucy treats to choose from. 
I mean, come on, how many condiments are appropriate to put on your burger?! The hot sauce and BBQ sauce selection here is unbelievable!
Nobody was going to stop me with my indulging condiment decisions and Mathilde was only encouraging we try more, so we ended up with 7 sauces for 2 burgers. Oops! The Fried Onion Crisps with the Cocktail Sauce is a combination of true beauty.
And in less than 5 minutes from placing our order, voilà, our Tommi’s cheeseburger arrived, neatly wrapped, accompanied by fries in a little basket. Our super friendly waitress must have noticed our grins from ear to ear, as she said with a smile “oh you guys are in for a treat” in her sweet Aussie accent. It’s rare that I encounter restaurant staff in London who are as genuinely lovely and nice as this girl was. 
Anyway, I digress, the time was here and we had some finger lickin’ burger eating to do! Mathilde charged right in…
I gave my good-sized cheeseburger a thorough inspection before deciding which of the many sauces we had selected to choose from to accompany this beefy babe. The bun was very very soft with a nice crispy finish, and there was the right amount of cheese to beef ratio.
I was trying to slow myself down to really enjoy every last bite of this fine burger, but I ended up practically hoovering it down! 
In my opinion, Tommi’s is an excellent basic burger with a vast variety of sauces to add extra kick or flavour to your liking. Our fries on the other hand were a little undercooked and rather average to put it bluntly. When you put into perspective that a cheeseburger and fries at Tommi’s (£7.1) is only marginally more expensive than McDonald’s in London, you realise what a hell of a burger you are getting here!
One burger simply wasn’t enough – I will definitely be back for more. No wonder there is a following and a fan club. Just read the Tommi’s chalkboard of rave reviews for yourself! 
Well done Tommi’s, Chelsea finally has a kickass basic burger joint that won’t disappoint!