The Imperial, King’s Road
An environmentally friendly British and sustainable gastro-pub in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter on Kings Road.
The Imperial is set within a distinguished and grandly restored Victorian corner building, which caught our eyes as we approached on the bus from Sloane Square. As you enter through the door, you are faced with a modern bar with exposed brick wall, which leads into the sophisticated candle lit dining room.
The restaurant is all about locally sourced, good quality, sustainable food. The garden is a beautiful space used for growing produce for the kitchen – you can’t get more local than that. Newly appointed Head Chef Jason Lee Cole and Sous Chef Ollie Quelch, bring their experience from restaurants such as Jamie Oliver’s 15 and Barbecoa, to the new menu at The Imperial. Diners are in for a treat.
The starter of Rare Bavette with Chichory, Chard Leek, Pickled Mushrooms stood out at me from the menu, and I’m so glad I made the choice. The melt-in-the-mouth bavette slices were hidden within a mild, smoky salad. From the first taste I was grateful my friend opted to not share starters. I did however have a taste of her heavenly Steamed Cornish Mussels with Garlic, Fennel, English Cider & Cream with a portion of Imperial Sourdough Bread & Smoked Butter to soak the rich, creamy sauce. The smoked butter is a product of genius and that alone will ensure my prompt return.
The Sirloin Steak was served over diced roast turnip and swede, purple sprouting broccoli and a rich, velvety red wine jus. Our waitress recommended we shared Truffle Polenta Cubes & Parmesanto accompany our steak, which made a welcome change from chips.
Through the patio door I gazed at an elegant group of twenty-somethings celebrating a birthday in the garden while taking advantage of the large heated decking area and private bar. Yet, in the restaurant the atmosphere remained relaxed with a couple tucked up in the corner sharing a Szechuan Glazed Whole Roast Duck with Spiced Red Cabbage, Coconut Rice and Purple Sprouting Broccoli and a table of four regulars with their adorable Jack Russell drinking by the window. Dogs are considered part of the family here.
The Imperial is a warm, welcoming local, and a relaxing open kitchen restaurant. I’ll be returning for a Sunday Roast Dinner and more of that smoked butter!
Starters £6.50 -£9.50
Mains £15 – £25.50
577 King’s Road