Saturday night and my dinner companion advised of a new place in Chelsea which is apparently all the rage and should we try it out. I couldn't believe that I hadn't already heard about it. After I overcame my initial shock of apparent ignorance in the matter, I readily agreed.
With no earlier availability, proving it's own popularity, the reservation was for a very continental 9.30pm. The lovely dark exterior of The Markham Inn can be seen as from the King's Road. I walked in through in straight to the bar; the small bar area may I add. I struggled to make my way through to the restaurant area. The table wasn't ready and i was directed to the bar for a drink with no thought of asking if they could take my jacket.
You can either have a seat at a bar area overlooking the open plan kitchen or of course a table in the large part of the dining area. In line with the ambience of the place, the menu offers a combination of French cuisine, eclectic gastropub food and also includes a few fish dishes of Mediterranean seafood. The Markham combines the element of bistros and pub in perfect harmony.
My foie gras starter was beautifully balanced by the fig tartine, making every mouthful an experience to be savoured. My burger was equally good and I would go as far as saying that this is probably one of the best burgers I've had.
Picture taken on my mobile phone
As for the service, save for the initial faux pas of the jacket, yes- I know what you are thinking but still, it was efficient and polite. The trendy interiors match with the equally trendy even glamorous crowd. Being as busy as it is this is a good spot for some people watching. The cocktail list is also worth a look at. Paired with the food the Markham's status as being 'all the rage' is justified. Whether you are after a hip place to impress your friends or some seriously good food I highly recommend it.
Expect to pay around £30 pp for two courses incl service no alcohol