Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay’s reputation & business affairs have taken a battering of late, but his beloved Chelsea flagship remains determinedly atop the Michelin tree. ‘Everything about this sublime experience screams quality,’ coos a fan – & from the moment you are greeted by indomitable maître d’ Jean-Claude Breton, the whole show purrs along silkily with a unique blend of charm, charisma & class.

Head chef Clare Smyth has listened to her master’s voice & delivers a pitch-perfect rendition of his trademark cuisine – matching awesome technique & peerless presentation with breathtaking displays of refined cooking. The approach pays off handsomely in everything from sautéed foie gras with sweetbreads, Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar & almond velouté to roast monkfish with chorizo couscous, baby squid, artichoke & spiced tomato jus.

Elsewhere a brilliantly fresh dish of sweet scallops with poached quail’s egg & peas has been a standout, while cherry soufflé with chocolate sorbet, pistachio & mint salad makes a whizz-bang finale full of alluring diversions. An avalanche of readers’ superlatives says it all: ‘fabulous’, ‘out of this world’, ‘the best meal of my life’.

Wine List: A stunning list with jaw-dropping verticals & prices, plus all the ‘wow’ factor you would expect from a three-star establishment. What makes it a truly great experience is the attention to detail. With plenty to choose from on a budget, the immaculate sommelier team proffer excellent advice whether you are spending £30 or £10,000. Best Buy White 2008 Gérard Boulay, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France, £41. Best Buy Red 2008 Torbreck, Juveniles, Barossa Valley, South Australia, £44.