Restaurant Review: World’s End Market
Approaching the World’s End Market, located at the gateway to Chelsea, it is impossible not to be impressed with the grand, stand-alone building. On first glance, it’s obvious that this is not your regular Chelsea fine-dining restaurant. Once inside, this is confirmed by the eclectic clientele, speakeasy vibe and warm atmosphere. Dim lighting from low-hanging brass light fixtures and soothing contemporary jazz tones contrast nicely against the bright lights and buzz from the open kitchen.
The concept – healthy, fresh and flavoursome – is reflected in the menu, which is bursting with tempting dishes. Despite having already studied it on the website for the majority of the day, we take a solid 15 minutes deciding what to have. After receiving some much-needed assistance from the all-too-happy-to-help waiter, we settle on Colchester rock oysters, carpaccio of sea bass and tuna tartare to start, followed by a T-bone steak and monkfish accompanied by sides of creamy garlic spinach, truffle mash and roasted vegetables.
We choose well; the food is clean, delicious and satisfying. The oysters are served on ice with everything you need to create the perfect mouthful. The sea bass is delicate, in a truffle oil so good that we unashamedly soak up the remains with our ciabatta. The steak is tender and oozing with flavour, while the monkfish and lemon parsley butter with the truffle mash is a match made in heaven.
The homemade chocolate fondant is too tempting to refuse and is worth the extra 10 minutes it takes to prepare. It is warm, gooey and glutinous. We devour the fondant along with the hazelnut and caramel cheesecake (equally as divine) and leave feeling full but not over-indulged.
The World’s End Market ticks all the boxes: attentive and knowledgeable staff, a charming atmosphere and delicious fresh food. You couldn’t ask for more from a date location.