From new restaurants opening to refurbs of old favourites, there’s plenty of good food news in Chelsea.

Who said January was gloomy?

 

New Chucs Café 

Good news for Italian lovers. Chucs Café Chelsea has opened recently.

As one of Chucs’ more casual sites, the all-day menu here includes truffle arancini, burrata and Chucs classics like the chicken Milanese and famed tiramisu.

It’s open for breakfast and there are take-away options, too.

There’s also a dedicated milkshake menu, which kids won’t be able to resist, and interiors have been created by Fettle Studios.

After all, if you can’t be on the Amalfi Coast in January, you can at least dine like you are.

Chucs Café, 65 Lower Sloane Street

 

LIV Restaurant opens

LIV restaurant has just launched at 18–22 Holbein Place.

The neighbourhood restaurant is all about contemporary dining in a relaxed, vibrant space.

Open all day, the dishes utilise produce from top British artisanal suppliers.

Breakfast includes Persian eggs and banoffee banana bread.

It’s worth popping in just for a coffee.

LIV uses a bespoke coffee blend roasted in Naples and delivered weekly.

 

LIV Restaurant, 18-22 Holbein Place

 

 

Caraffini’s birthday

Traditional Italian restaurant Caraffini recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The perfect pit stop after a long day’s shopping in Sloane Square, it specialises in classic Italian fare.

It is fine dining without being stuffy. Its clientele are extremely loyal for good reason (you may see the odd famous face or two) and the ravioli is a firm favourite.

 

Caraffini, 61–63 Lower Sloane Street

Inviting refurb

Comptoir Libanais, Duke of York Square, has reopened after a refurbishment.

The Lebanese dishes like halloumi, falafel and lamb stew are no less delicious, and the décor is bright and inviting.

It’s perfect for families or date night, with pretty hanging lights, indoor greenery and bright, colourful patterns everywhere.

Owner Tony Kitous has used old family pictures, brass objects and fez hats throughout.

It’s a real experience that feels as though you’re dining in a vibrant souk.

Comptoir Libanias, 53-54 Duke of York Square.

 

Colette opens

New gourmet deli Colette is opening at 315 Fulham Road in January.

The focus is on take-home dining.

Executive chef Chris Hill, formerly at the Ritz, has created a menu using the finest ingredients.

The food is fit for either a high-end dinner party or midweek supper at home.

Prepared daily on site, the seasonal menus include classic confit cod with lemon, roasted garlic and capers, soy-glazed beef rib with bok choi, ginger, spring onion and traditional beef wellington, with lighter salads at lunchtime.

It will also stock a well-curated selection of fine wines, artisan cheeses, charcuterie and luxury chocolates.

Colette, 315 Fulham Road

 

Pizza perfection

Cinquecento Pizzeria is new to the area at 1 Cale Street.

Made in an old-school way taken directly from Naples, the pizza is light and airy, thanks to the fermentation process of the dough.

The décor defines rustic chic, with gorgeous Italian tiles.

Pop in for a pizza that’s a cut above the average.

Cinquecento Pizzeria, 1 Cale Street