Caramel - a new Chelsea staple

31 October 2018

Nick Savage, Innerplace Concierge

There‘s been a lot going on in Chelsea of late and Caramel is the newest restaurant to create a stir. With sibling venues in Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it‘s already proven popular with the middle eastern crowd, bringing a bit of bling to west London. On the menu you‘ll find top-shelf drinks and excellent American cuisine, with a vibe that is distinctly clubby and a throbbing electronic soundtrack.

Bishop Design has pulled out all of the stops to create an eminently luxurious dining room. Nodding to classic art deco accents, the dark and sultry atmosphere aims to seduce. The piece de resistance of the room are the hexagonal booths draped with golden silk. The adjoining bar is similarly striking, boasting honeycomb patterns. There‘s a plethora of internationally sourced onyx trims, marbled surfaces and oak wood panelling, hung with a tremendous collection of visually arresting pop art. All of this is within close walking distance of Harrods.

Chef Sunil Vaz is a dab hand in the kitchens and has created a menu to rival NYC hotspots. Dishes were aggressively delicious: mac & cheese fingers were fried crisp and served with truffle sauce and a three-cheese dipping sauce; piquant chicken lollipops were served with a cooling blue cheese sauce; lobster and grilled mango tacos were complemented with avocado cream and coriander. There‘s a slider menu - we tried with caramelised shortrib option with aged cheddar. Our favourite dish of the evening was the miso glazed black cod bites with pickled daikon, carrot and crisp kaitafi filo - light yet vividly flavourful. For dessert we enjoyed with caramel and pecan cheesecake and the upside-down date pudding.

Caramel was a pleasure to visit. We foresee it becoming a Chelsea staple in the coming months.

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