The annual Square Meal guide to London’s Top 100 restaurants has included Elystan Street as number 39 on its list. The restaurant guide rates Elystan Street both for food and service saying “Charismatic staff immediately put diners at ease with the warmth of their welcome and help set the tone for a meal of comforting, familiar flavours with surprisingly innovative undertones.”
The attitude of ‘nothing is too much’ isn’t unusual at this level of dining, but here personality – both in the team and on the plate – seems to be fostered and championed for a coupling of two of our favourite things: luxury and a light touch.
If you’ve ever wondered how restaurants like Elystan Street survive and thrive reading this interview with our co-owner Rebecca Mascarenhas will give you some idea of the effort that’s needed to keep restaurants at the top of their game.
The London Magazine has dubbed her ‘the queen of neighbourhood restaurants’ highlighting how she has helped change the face of local dining in London.
When she started out she says “I didn’t understand why London didn’t have restaurants du quartier as they did in Paris.”
When stories about the terrible plight of Ukrainian people escaping conflict hit the headlines we knew we had to do something. With just one week’s notice Elystan Street’s co-owner Rebecca Mascarenhas had organised special fundraising dinners at the two Michelin starred restaurants, Kitchen W8 and Elystan Street that she co-owns with chef Phil Howard. Dinners were also arranged at Church Road in Barnes (also co-owned with Phil Howard) and Home and Flour & Water in Putney. Tomos Parry of Brat came on board and staff and suppliers all volunteered to help. Rebecca also convinced her bank Coutts to match fund any money made on the night.
Phil Howard has received one of the Michelin Guide’s most prestigious awards in the 2022 Michelin Guide.
The Chef Mentor award pays tribute to the influence that Phil’s cooking has had on the next generation of chefs, citing the number of current Michelin starred chefs who started their careers working for Phil at his Mayfair restaurant The Square.
In their award citation Michelin say “A quick glance at some of the chefs who passed through his kitchen – Brett Graham, Gary Foulkes, Mark Kempson and Jun Tanaka to name a few
Elystan Street has retained its one Michelin star rating for the fifth year in a row. The guide says “Elystan Street is a neighbourhood restaurant, but the neighbourhood it happens to be in is Chelsea, so as well as unfussy cooking and friendly service, you can expect elegance and style in spades. It’s a collaboration between Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, and with its huge windows and well-judged lighting, is an equally charming spot for a light lunch or an intimate dinner.