• Roxii Hoare-Smith

The Artisan Bistro Chelsea Review

Want to know where to eat in Chelsea? I’ve found a hidden gem.

If you have never been to Chelsea then remove all expectations that you have heard of it. As although I love the area, I have never ventured out to the bars and restaurants in fear I would be surrounded by Made in Chelsea types and extortionate prices.

Well I was completely wrong and The Artisan Bistro has completed changed my opinion and I’m sure that I am now going to be a regular to the area.

After work I made my way to Hollywood Road, where The Artisan Bistro is based. I was surprised that it was a short 15 minute bus journey from High Street Kensington or if you are coming by tube/overground then it is less than a 10 minute walk from West Brompton station.

Hollywood Road is SO lovely and I wish I could move there asap. I felt like I had escaped the city for a bit. It’s so quiet and residential with the prettiest town houses, mews and cottages. Hollywood Road is filled with the wonderful independent cafes, pubs and restaurants including The Artisan Bistro.

On a warm sunny evening the glass front windows of the bistro were open letting the light flood in and a light breeze air the room. The bistro is relaxed and classy. You can tell it is popular with locals however this shouldn’t put you off as everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming, you won’t feel out of place at all!

Also due to its location and its fine dining look you would think that the bistro is a bit pricey. You’ll be shocked but very pleased to hear that small tapas bites start from £2.50, mains from £14 and wine and cocktails from £5. You can view the menu here.

Throughout the evening we sipped on Marlborough estate whilst chatting with owner, Plamen, and some regular customers who had nothing but praise for the place.

To start we shared a selection of small bites including Patatas Bravas (£3.50), Crispy Aubergine (£6) and Frisee salad with raspberries, grapes and pumpkin seeds (£6.50). The salad was amazing, full of my favourite fruit and I have a new found love for pumpkin seeds! The salad was so fresh and summery. Everything was amazing, the crispy aubergine was a joint favourite between my guest and I.

All bread (pictured below) is home made in the restaurant.

What I really loved was that I could completely indulge without feeling guilty as it is all very good quality food and fresh produce. The restaurant focuses on seafood and Plamen was telling me how the menu changes daily depending on the produce they can source that day. They speak to fisherman around the UK every morning to see which fish they can get that day to put on the menu. Their fruit and vegetables is sourced from West Sussex and Kent and their oysters have been brought from West Mersea and Colchester.

Their menu features ‘the best of the best’ of European cuisine with huge attention to detail with each dish. There are also many gluten free and vegetarian options on the menu. For mains of course we decided to share a few dishes. Of course we had to try the seafood so went for the Lemon Sole (£32) which comes with two sides, we had truffle fries and green beans. We also had their signature dish, the Lobster mac & cheese (£16). Everything was incredible – so tasty and so fresh.

The truffle fries were one of the highlights for me.

Soon enough it was 9.30pm and we had been there almost 2 and half hours! The service was very fast but we had spent most of our night chatting away and drinking wine, so relaxed in our surroundings. Time flies when you are having fun!

For dessert we indulged in a chocolate tart (£6) and Rhubarb crumble (£6). As huge chocolate fans we expected the chocolate dessert to be a clear winner for us but we were pleasantly surprised by the crumble.

There isn’t one thing I can fault about our visit. I’m so happy to have found a new hidden gem and a new found love for Chelsea.

The Artisan London is a restaurant AND an art gallery. Plamen Yankov’s mother is an artist so he is very keen to work with emerging and local artists. He displays and sells their artwork in the restaurant.

Here is some photos of the beautiful artwork on display at The Artisan.

I can see myself returning to The Artisan very soon. Sitting at the table below with a few couple of glasses of white wine on a warm summer evening people watching.

If you go you may even make friends with the locals (yes there are places in London where people actually speak to each other!)

The Artisan Bistro

14 Hollywood Road


SW10 9HY

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