Review – The Jam Tree – Chelsea, London
Chelsea has always been at the forefront for trendy restaurants. Set amongst the leafy suburbs and the shopping mecca that is King’s Rd, there are plenty to choose from. Making this neighbourhood even more of a foodie haven are programmes like ‘Made In Chelsea’ which heavily feature local restaurants and bars patronised by the young socialites of the area.
One place featured was The Jam Tree. I was looking forward to dining here as the restaurant looked beautiful from what I had seen on tv and I was especially taken with the ornate ceilings and chandeliers. I wasn’t disappointed. This restaurant/bar is lovely and with private dining rooms and a good size beer garden with flowering plants everywhere, I settled in for a relaxing lunch. Normally I am sitting inside so I was glad to be offered the choice of sitting inside or out. I chose the garden as it was a nice sunny day, with a chilled glass of wine to keep me company.
I was eating off the brunch menu today. It includes a selection of light bites, brunch, sandwiches, 4 bigger courses and desserts. For my starter I chose the sticky battered squid. The squid was deep-fried and tossed in a sweet sauce with a slight kick. It was tasty if a bit tricky to eat with a knife and fork out of its presentation pot, a generous size for a starter though. I should mention that I was recommended a very good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Sherwood Estate. Top marks for this great Marlborough wine being on the list, fresh, fruity and a great finish!
My main course is, in my opinion, a perfect dish for the summertime. Light, seasonal and well balanced. I had the sea bream with peas, bacon and baby gems. Whilst I am not keen on the skin on fish, it does make it look tasty and works for a prettier dish. The fish was moist and flaky whilst the vegetables were well seasoned with the right amount of bite to them (nothing worse than over-cooked, limp lettuce!). Nothing on this menu is over-priced especially for Chelsea. In fact, the pricing for the brunch dishes is very reasonable at between £5.50 – £7.50. I would like to try the Eggs Royale next time I go.
As you all know by now, I am not a dessert kinda gal. I must be one of the rare species that does not have a sweet tooth so dessert always throws up a few conundrums for me. This time I went old skool – who doesn’t love a great jelly topped with cream? I think what swayed me was the fact it had gin in it, I LOVE gin! The jelly was good but for me the triumph of this dish was the cream with fresh mint in it mixed with the raspberries. This is one idea I shall be using at home in some form.
I enjoyed my meal at The Jam Tree and think the ambience makes it a great place to unwind and enjoy some good gastro pub food. The staff were knowledgeable and attentive without being obtrusive and the dishes were delivered in a timely manner. Well presented, the food not only looked great but tasted great too. No wonder it is on the list of places for the Made In Chelsea clique to be seen. I hear this place makes a bangin’ cocktail or three and on the weekend you just never know who you might bump in to………..