Adam Handling Chelsea

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£41 and over
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Contemporary European
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Adam Handling Chelsea is an elegant dining space serving contemporary British cuisine in the heart of Chelsea. Created by critically-acclaimed chef Adam Handling, the menu showcases his memorable and distinctive style, as well as a fundamental commitment to using the best seasonal produce in a sustainable way.

Designed to be approachable yet delicious, guests can choose from a selection of à la carte dishes, as well as an innovative tasting menu featuring some of Adam’s most renowned signature creations alongside some exclusive dishes.

Special Offers

2 course for £37/3 course for £45

2 course for £37/3 course for £45 with snacks, coffee and glass of wine included.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 5 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 4 June 2019

Ends: 17 November 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-18:30 21:30-22:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30

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Daily 12:00PM - 2:30PM

What 51 People Are Saying
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G
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is excellent. Have the tasting menu plus wine pairing. The cocktails are also really worth the experience.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was in general good, as was the wine list. For this class of restaurant the service needs to be better and more knowledgeable in particular about the menu. Also the choices are rather limited. The ambiance is bistro but the prices are high end restaurant- doesn’t fit

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. Very helpful and obliging staff. I highly recommend giving Adam Handling a go.

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PJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful friendly service.

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JH
London
111 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch with friends after the Chelsea Flower show. We have followed Adams cooking since the Caxton Grill and it was fantastic to go to his latest venture. The dining room is light and airy the service is very friendly and the food is sensational. We did the wine pairing with the tasting menu which was excellent. The chefs adapted it for our friend with allergies and he was hugely impressed with the substitutes. All in all, a wonderful leisurely lunch and I wish Adam and the team every success!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food, good and friendly service : our table was one of the two overlooking the kitchen... great to watch them creating the dishes.
For me the dining rooms are a tad to „Spartan“

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LB
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Indifferent service by the majority of staff. No attention to detail, after good first courses of veal sweetbreads and tartare of wagu beef ponzu the two main courses of halibut the size of a thumb were presented in a broth with miniscule vegetables in the base of the bowl plus the broth , the hollandaise based sauce with caviar was presented to my guest and I not offered any sauce or caviar etc as I had informed the management I have an intolerant of milk and cream but was fine with butter and eggs. On request of a sauce a tomato vierge was produced , that did nothing to enhance the dish and still no caviar . No sides were offered.
After a gin and tonic (£21) and a glass of white wine (a reasonable NZ sauvignon blanc) it was hard to order two addition glasses of the Sauvignon of which we never saw the bottle, once they were finished the glasses were whisked away with out request and no chance of any additional wine.
At this we both gave up the will to live, declining desserts as again I was informed as I had the tolerance there would onedctejly be one option, not on the menu available for me.
We concluded the evening with peppermint tea, four amazing chocolate truffles were produced , their differences explained in length to my guest , I was instructed not to eat them, and to eat the jellies instead.
I only have a mild dairy intolerance but was made to feel as if I had a contagious disease or was a naughty school child.
Adam Handling’s food in the past at his other restaurants has been fantastic, this was a poor pastiche of his capable culinary magnificence. He was totally let down by the arrogance of the staff.
We settled our account and thought it was such a waste to have what should be an exception restaurant in Chelsea to be such a poor experience. We both have homes within close proximity of the Belmont Cadogan and dine out frequently. Would either of us return , sadly no thank you.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is not only beautiful but extraordinary. Everything about it with a big emphasis on the food. So happy Handling is finally in Chelsea and I’m sure a Michelin star will be landing there soon. Playful yet straight forward food with the best local and seasonal ingredients you can possibly have.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is solid. Very fresh seafood, nice steak. Dessert was a bit mediocre.
The decor is tasteful and service attentive. I don’t see why there were so many negative reviews, probably due to new opening.
Overall worth a visit!

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p
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. Food fabulous.

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N
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gastronomic experience. Excellent cuisine with creative (and delicious) combination of ingredients, charming and knowledgeable service, and gorgeous setting. A top addition to Chelsea’s restaurant scene.
They offer a choice of sitting at a table for a relaxed meal, or on bar stools overlooking the kitchen if you enjoy watching the chefs in action.

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SM
London
87 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I am a long-standing Adam Handling fan and was very much looking forward to trying out his latest restaurant. I loved the setting - quiet, calm colours, with tables far enough away from each other to allow private conversation. The food was excellent (as always) - we had the tasting menu (which at £95 is more expensive than his other locations), although I felt that both the fish and beef were slightly overcooked. My other reflection, having eaten at all his restaurants, is that a bit more variety wouldn't go amiss. Still, I enjoyed it a LOT, and would be confident to recommend it to friends who know their food!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was wonderful

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! From the bar to the restaurant. We were disappointed that the lamb wellington was not available but the linguine made up for it 👍🏼

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IC
London
47 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and “snacks” to go with drinks (eg cheesy truffle doughnuts)! The truffle linguini starter is delicious as is the beef. Desserts are unusual and thankfully not overwhelmingly sweet. Attentive service too. The bar is beautiful too.
My only criticism is the lighting and chairs/table. It is far too bright for a dinner sitting. Also the seats feel like an office common room. I think this style/lighting is targeted at diners over the age of 50. Would highly recommend dimmed lighting and more comfortable/relaxed chairs.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but Having ordered from the ala carte menu, It would have been nice to be served an amuse bouche, just for completeness. The pre-dessert and chocolates with the tea were good though. Also, service has room for improvement. The waiter accidentally swiped his finger on my butter and did not offer to change it.

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R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service delightful without exception, including in the neighbouring bar. Everyone very nice, though champagne and menus could have come 2 minutes sooner if I were being fussy. Palate cleanser deserves a special mention as it avoided the sharpness or excess sweetness one often gets but was gentle and charming in its own right. Cod main course- flaky and perfectly done, moist. Lobster starter a picture and my wife liked it very much. Puddings also sophisticated in terms of avoiding excess but with plenty of flavour and cleanse to them. Wine list decent but could add some more choices in Burgundy and Bordeaux; wines from the USA featured well and we were very happy with our's from Oregon. The room is very pleasant, chairs very comfortable. A table of 6 men arrived half way through our dinner, at the other side of the room, which could have been loud but just avoided it, something for the restaurant to consider whether they allow that size of table. Managed to avoid "restaurant in a hotel" atmosphere; we enjoyed- £350 for 2 including £115 for one bottle of red; 2 glasses of champage at £20 each on top.

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KF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Adam Handling moves up the fine dining scale with elegant ease. Great evening.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Only disappointment was the main course, which I gave feedback to the GM on. I had the Mac n Cheese which was hugely disappointing.

Everything else was superb and delicious flavours.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent and the food delicious. What my wife and I found disappointing is the light in the dinning room. The light was too low. We were told that it was kept low for ambiance but I would prefer to see my food. Thank you.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dinner on Friday. Such a surprising and unique food and top notch service. Well done!!

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A
London
68 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by chef Steven Kerr

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OB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to celebrate my birthday and expected that it would be expensive.It was-very e pensive but the food was delicious although the portions were on the small side. One particular waiter was very attentive and pleasant so that was a bonus. We were sitting near a very cold window or the cold might have been because of the air conditioning. The waiter kindly offered to move us but the other tables on offer were not to our liking so we stayed where we were. I liked the decor but there are nicer dining rooms in London and I don’t know if I would return.

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and wonderful staff. The food was superb. Love the bar and amazing kitchen. Will be back. Great lunch- will try the evening next.

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T
Berkshire
20 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance - we started with a cocktail in the bar - excellent, and then moved to the dining room. The food was excellent as was the service. Quite an expensive wine menu, but we found one we know and like at a reasonable (restaurant) price. The service throughout the evening was exceptional.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved our time at Adam Handling Chelsea, from the little complimentary cocktail in the bar to the delicious petite fours it was exceptional. The food was delicious, the service faultless, and the restaurant very beautiful. It was quiet and refined and felt very vert special. Our waiter remembered my husband was vegetarian and we got offered extra bread, had a small complimentary dessert and petite fours. I loved the fact they gave you water on arrival and for me it’s all the little extra touches and service on top of totally delicious food that sets a “good meal” apart from a wonderful experience. Adam Handling Chelsea was a wonderful experience and we will be back

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IG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

The main course - white fish turbout was amazing but at £40 was way too overpriced. Burrata was delicious, but didn’t go well with grilled Onions one and curry like paste. Donuts were nice but too small. Crab tarts were tiny and greasy. Didn’t like a single desert went with poached rubab and it wasn’t nice. Zero ambience and won’t come back shame as I liked to think it was great new restaraunt to go too.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Handling error. Avoid.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Good food pity about the service empty restaurant no atmosphere lots and lots of training required felt sad for the kitchen staff

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We arrived at the hotel and was taken to the restaurant greeting desk . Except nobody was there to greet us . The guy told us to just wait here ! We asked rather than just stand there in a bar full of people could we grab a table to get a drink ? He replied there are no tables available . I then spotted two empty chairs at the bar so we quickly sat there .
Eventually a young lady escorted us to the far room in the restaurant . Which although beautifully decorated had no ambience and felt a little disjointed from the main restaurant . We found The lighting in the room was very bright too .
My husband ordered a cocktail and I went for a G&T . When I asked the waitress what gin selection they had she didn’t know . So I reeled off a few I like and we eventually came to one she recognised . Half way through my drink I noticed the glass had a chip out of the rim . I showed the waitress and her reply was “ oh i didn’t notice that “
And that was that !
No replacement and it wasn’t taken off the bill 🙁😠
The food was delicious , so the kitchen has obviously got their act together 👏 both my husband and I enjoyed every mouthful .... well done guys !!!
As the room we were in was emptying with guests , we noticed that the tables were not being cleared . There were people walking about in suits from one room to another but no one was being very productive .
Let’s hope the staff get their act together soon as Adam Handling is obviously a very talented person and deserves a great shot at success !

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Booked this having had a great experience at The Frog, unfortunately turned out to be quite disappointing.......

Starters were good but expensive. Sweetbreads excellent, beef wagyu overpowered by ponzu

Mains distinctly average. Lamb wellington of gastro pub standard and ‘sand carrot’ basically a large baked carrot in breadcrumbs. Lemon sole tiny and over cooked served with a bit of white beetroot and tiny potatoes.......underwhelming.

On the basis of the first two courses and the descriptions of the ‘weird’ deserts gave them a miss.

Wine good but at over 5X mark up it should be.

Ambience sterile, lighting awful and music like being at a poor student party c.1998.

Needless to say based on the above will not return but would definitely revisit The Frog.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food ... would benefit from a lunch menu ... also restaurant very attractive but noise level very loud.

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DA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After experiencing the Frog in Covent Garden we wanted to explore Adams new restaurant in Chelsea and we were not disappointed!

A table for two from 630pm, we sat at the chef and Adam Handling was personally there to guide us through our choices, presented our plates and was an all round great host.

The food was exceptional, from the chicken skin butter and bread to the Handling English sparkling wine, Chicken liver parfait, Wagu Scottish beef and even desserts. We had a thoroughly amazing evening.

My wife, who loves and follows many of the great British chefs was suitably impressed by the team and familiar faces all working behind the scenes at this great venue.

Finishing up with some of Handlings signature and sustainable cocktails is a must! Our seating ended at 11pm and the time flew by!

Make sure you experience his food and hospitality

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RD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time to Adam Handling Chelsea and it was much better than the first. In fact it was faultless.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is 5-star ambiance "deconstructed"... a little bit of a hollow sound in the area we were in made it feel too brunch-ie but everything else was outstanding

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DA
London
27 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent addition to the neighbourhood. The food was well prepared, interesting and well presented by professional staff. I look forward to returning regularly.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! The plates were fully of taste and well designed! It is a nice place to return for lunch or dinner. Service was spectacular!

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BP
Cornwall
7 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely new hotel, restaurant and bar. Staff very friendly and attentive, food really good. The only reason for dropping a star on the service is that they located the water bottle on the far side of our table, and all the way through the meal kept leaning across the table across my wife's plate, to get the water to top up our glasses. Just leave it somewhere else! :-)

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb evening, began with a drink at the bar! I would recommend the highland coffee for sure! It was delicious. The space is beautiful, the dining room is really unique. We went for the tasting menu with wine pairing. I have an allergy and I felt really taken care of. A big thank you to Mattias and Angelo for taking such good care of us. The wagyu beef was outstanding and I loved the dessert of white chocolate and cucumber! Overall a great evening, great food and attentive service. I look forward to my next visit!

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