79 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HN.
Opening: Mon - Fri 12:30 - 2:30. Sat-Sun 12:30 -3:30 . Mon - Sun 7:00 - 11:00. Phone 0207-352 7179. Fax 0207-351 1667 „
This was the first Gordon Ramsay-helmed restaurant we had the pleasure of going to. We had heard from numerous sources that, in terms of value for money, this was the best option under the Ramsay umbrella. We thus made the trek out to the restaurant (its address is in Chelsea but it's very much on the border) for Sunday lunch.
I had the fish cakes and the roast, whilst my husband had the foie gras pate and the burger. Our food per head was around £15. I remember hearing that Foxtrot Oscar's fish cakes were frozen, having been prepared off-site to be brought to the restaurant, but I thought they were good, nonetheless. The hubby's foie gras pate was THE course of the day, however - it was served with brioche and beautiful chutney, and on our way out, it was the dish we were talking about.
So, we found the food to be very good - the atmosphere, though, is what drew us back again. The restaurant is quite small, and we've only ever sat on the ground floor (I think there might be seating in the basement, but as we've always booked, we've only ever sat upstairs). That afternoon, the windows were open to let in the sun, and despite sitting at the table closest to the bathroom, our overall dining experience was superb, with the wait staff very attentive to our needs. We later returned during a colder month for a romantic evening meal - it might have been Valentine's? - it was very busy but we were still able to have a very intimate meal, as the tables were not too close together.
Admittedly we have not been recently as our schedules haven't allowed us the time to go that far west, but remembering our experience at the restaurant is making me re-think that. If you're in the area, then I would definitely seek it out - Ramsay is a brand-name but this restaurant still feels like a boutique. Best for couples!
I recently visited Foxtrot Oscar for the third time and again had an amazing evening. The food was fantastic, and the menu gives a lot of choice. When we were there the starters included a winter vegetable salad (unbelievably tasty!), prawn cocktail, and pumpkin soup to name just a few. For mains we had the classic rib-eye steak with béarnaise sauce (lovely), and the bread and butter pudding to finish, which is a must! Changes are made to the menu regularly, but everything on there when we went sounded great.
Although it's clearly not a cheap restaurant (starters are roughly £7-£8, the steak is about £16 but other mains are less), we really did think that it was worth what we paid. The portion sizes are brilliant and you can get a bottle of wine for under £20. It's not the sort of place we could afford to go to regularly but as a treat it was perfect. The atmosphere and service was just right; very friendly but not at all over the top.
It's not the most convenient place to get to by train/tube as it's a fair walk from any station, but don't let that put you off! We walked from Sloane Square which took 15-20 minutes which was fine, and completely worth it.
I've recommended Foxtrot Oscar to my friends and family, and no-one has been disappointed! If you ever get the chance to go you definitely should.
Foxtrot Oscar makes this part of town worth living in. I live down the road and go to foxtrot maybe 3 times a week on average, I know the menu off by heart and it never tires me. The selection is fabulous from American food, club sandwich, eggs benedict, great hamburger, to good old british, sausages and mash... there's also mediterranean food with mozzarella and tomato salad with a delicious vinaigrette. The service is very friendly and young, so it attracts hip young professionals to the golden oldies who like to have a nice bit of foo while they read the sunday papers or watch the races. Have a wonderful time there, and they have also opened a new one in battersea though i haven't been to that one yet.