Bloomin’ Beaut: Ollie Dabbous Takes On The Chelsea Flower Show

If taking over Mayfair with his Michelin-worthy menus and stunning interiors wasn’t enough, OIllie Dabbous is heading to Chelsea this month and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of his latest pop-up. Located in Belgravia, Chelsea Barracks Kitchen by Ollie Dabbous is opening exclusively for the Chelsea Flower Show (21-26 May 2019) and it’s fabulously floral.

When we arrived at the Chelsea Barracks last month, the site was very much a work-in-progress. Though, that’s not to say it wasn’t still a beaut. From the stripped back walls to tables laden with flowers and the gorgeous food (it really was as tasty as it looked), we can only imagine how the space will look when it’s completed in time for the show next week.

Highlights of the menu included the salmon tartare; arriving in a puff of nitrogen-laced smoke, this was a ceviche-like dish which was sweetened with the addition of iced eucalyptus. Goosnargh chicken was a little less memorable, but the orange blossom doughnut was a real treat to finish on. With each course explained by Ollie himself and perfectly paired with wines, this was one for the books.

The verdict: a gorgeous 8/10

What we ate:

  • Freshly-baked bread from Hide
  • Loch Duart salmon tartare with iced eucalyptus (£15)
  • Slow-roasted Goosnargh chicken with warm hay buttermilk, grilled leek vinaigrette + Jersey royals (£34)
  • Orange blossom doughnut (£10)

What we drank:

    • Ashdown Sandstone, 2010
    • Fleurie Vielles Vignes La Madone, 2016
    • Gizella Tokaji Szanorodni, 2016

The damage: (£59 each without drinks, but all comped – thank you Ollie Dabbous!)

Dinner in pictures:

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You’ll find Chelsea Barracks Kitchen by Ollie Dabbous at 1 Garrison Close, SW1W 8BG.

London Girl ✖️

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