50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8AX
Colbert Chelsea soft opens today bringing French Grand Café style to the former site of ‘Oriel’ on Sloane Square. Brought to you by the team behind of ‘Brasserie Zedel and The Wolseley, Rex Restaurant Associates.
Claiming to be “inspired by the great boulvard cafés of Paris” this venue definitely had the feel of the vibrant red Parisienne cafés I encountered in Paris. I visited at 08h00 this morning and surprisingly, for a venue which actually lists themselves as opening at 08h00 I was not the first customer! There were already 3 occupied tables.
The menu was split into an all day dining plus a lunch and dinner section. For breakfast, a range of muesli and granola options were listed alongside the standard pastries and various eggs. I option for the classic smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
The eggs were perfectly scrambled and the smoked salmon flavourful. Service time was approx 15 minute wait from order to the plate arriving at the table with an ordered cappuccino arriving promptly alongside a carafe of water.
Service was non-intrusive but attentive. As with all soft openings they are still ‘finding-their-feet’ but bearing mind this was the first official opening day I was impressed that the all important service ethos was present. Unlike their predecessor, Oriel, there were no problems attracting the attention of the waiters.
Former occupant, ‘Oriel’ was shut down after landlord, The Earl of Cadogan was less than impressed with his meal.
“I didn’t like the food and the prices are far too high… I can tell you that we won’t be renewing their lease when it expires in two years’ time. We are going to have a new development there.” Source: Evening Standard
Hopefully Colbert Chelsea will do better than ‘Oriel’ if the Earl decides to visit!