Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
|Restaurant Gordon Ramsay|
|Head chef||Clare Smyth|
|Food type||French cuisine|
|Dress code||Business Smart|
|Street address||68 Royal Hospital Road|
|Postal code/ZIP||SW3 4HP|
|Seating capacity||45 covers|
|Reservations||Three months in advance|
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, also known as Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, is a three Michelin star restaurant owned and operated by Gordon Ramsay, located at Royal Hospital Road, London. It opened in 1998 and was Ramsay's first solo restaurant. In 2001 it made Gordon Ramsay the first Scottish chef to have won three Michelin stars. Critically it has been both praised and criticized, with particular criticism coming from the Harden's restaurant guide. In March 2013 the restaurant reopened following an art deco redesign and with Clare Smyth as Head Chef.
Current head chef Clare Smyth was appointed in January 2008 and is the only female chef in the UK to hold three Michelin stars. She took over from Simone Zanoni, who had been head chef since 2003 before moving to France to oversee the opening of new restaurant Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon.
In 2002, Giles Coren visited Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for lunch whilst writing for Times Online. He found that the meal had its good and bad points, saying "Perhaps the 'best restaurant in Britain' can only disappoint. Perhaps if I want magic I should wait for Paul Daniels to open a restaurant". However, he gave scores of nine for execution, eight for service and seven for "mind-blowing tingliness". Terry Durack of The Independent reviewed the restaurant in 2009, describing the food provided as "classic cooking; sophisticated, well-edited and flavour-first". Overall he gave Restaurant Gordon Ramsay a score of sixteen out of twenty.
In 2009, the restaurant dropped out of The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants for the first time, and failed to make the top 100. The 2011 edition of Harden's restaurant guide lists Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in seventeenth place in London in the "most mentioned" league table, a drop from ninth place in the previous year. It also ranked the restaurant in one of the top two spots in the "most disappointing cooking" category. Harden's had previously listed the restaurant as the most overpriced in the UK. However, The Good Food Guide lists Restaurant Gordon Ramsay as the second best in the country, only bettered by The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, and was described as "the nearest thing to a world-class restaurant experience currently on offer in the capital".
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