The World’s End Market, Chelsea
You know the vaguely (in relative terms) dodgy end of the Kings Road? Well, there’s an oasis there now – the best type of neighbourhood restaurant sporting the best type of cooking. The World’s End Market isn’t just all bold brass fittings, trendy wooden floorboards and romantic lighting; it’s based on strong culinary concepts and offers diners the freshest fish, meat and produce going.
Make the most of the fresh fish and meat on offer and go with starters and mains each. The salmon tartar is a divine mix of textures or why not start the seduction early with their freshly shucked oysters? For mains, you won’t be disappointed with any of the steaks – they’re as good as they come, but if you fancy something lighter go for the grilled tiger prawns. This is definitely the type of place to get a bottle – the Sauvignon is particularly good.
It’s a little bit far to pre-drink at the usual Kings Road haunts, and to be honest you’ve no need for Bluebird or Beaufort House when the bar at World’s End Market is so good. Sip Gin and Tonics here with the crowd of well-dressed locals, all smug at knowing this hidden hotspot. Move to your table and settle in for the evening – a second bottle is highly likely and nightcaps encouraged. Your path can fork when you’re ready to head – either take to the floor downstairs (ssh, don’t tell them we told you), or hail a taxi and head home à deux.
Location is good for some, not for others. It is where it is.