Eating Out – Bluebird Chelsea
I’ve been out eating burgers a lot recently! To me, a fresh burger off the grill is one of the great things about the summertime, as is enjoying the atmosphere at the Bluebird Chelsea, especially if you get a table on the Courtyard.
We stopped by for dinner at the Bluebird twice in the past month – the first time was during the week before the Wimbledon finals, when they still had the front courtyard decked out with large tennis balls, faux lawn grass and a huge TV screen. We were looking forward to a lovely dinner on the courtyard but unfortunately by the time we made it there, it was chilly and drizzling out, with only a small handful of tables sheltered from the rain.
We decided to try our luck at the upstairs restaurant, which was quickly filling up with locals enjoying after works drinks and couples and groups getting seated for dinner. We were told that there were no tables available until 10pm, so we sat at one of the couches in the bar area to at least enjoy the atmosphere for a bit while we decide where else we should try for dinner.
They have a pretty good selection of non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu. I went with the Paradise Virgin Mojito, which is made with lychee juice, mint, berries, lime, blackberry syrup and cranberry juice. Very refreshing and a nice change from the typically sugary mocktails I encounter!
We were all hyped up to try the famous Bluebird burger so we ordered the Mini Burgers off the bar menu while we had our drinks. Not long after we placed our order, we were told that a table freed up so we could have dinner there, which we were thrilled to hear. It was, however, too late to cancel the order of mini burgers, so we actually kept those as appetizers…
… and still went with the Bluebird Burger for our main! All of the burgers were delicious and it didn’t feel like overkill. The burgers are made with brisket and short rib galloway, topped with lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack cheese and a house sauce. I especially like the sauce, it reminded me of Thousand Island dressing? My only gripe would be that the chips were a bit under-cooked.
Aside from that, we enjoyed the dinner and highly recommend trying the Bluebird burger and visiting the restaurant bar for a lively atmosphere and people watching.
We didn’t want to go through the summer without enjoying a warm summer evening on the Bluebird courtyard, so last Friday we patiently stood in the queue for about 45 minutes until a table freed up. Tables are first come, first served on the Bluebird courtyard (unless you’re a member, in which case you can make a reservation) and whenever we’ve been there on a nice day, the wait is an average 45 minutes to an hour but well worth it to enjoy some al fresco dining on King’s Road.
While on the courtyard, you’re ordering off the Café menu, which is a mix of salads, pasta and grilled foods. I ordered a Raspberry Fizz, which is freshly squeezed orange juice, raspberry purée and lime juice.
The best part of the dinner was enjoying the courtyard and the long summer evening.
We ordered Flatbread with Hummus along with Honey Mustard Sausages for our appetizers – both dishes were OK.
For his main course, my husband ordered the Free Range Lancashire Chicken, which is roasted on a spit by the grill, and to be honest, came out overly greasy. I was obsessed with the barbecue sauce, though, that was delicious.
We both ordered a House Salad on the side…
and for my main course, I ordered the Gnocchi Primavera, which is gnocchi tossed with peas, pea shoots and courgette. On the menu, they don’t mention that the gnocchi is fried, and if I’d known, I wouldn’t have ordered it. It was a very oily, very salty dish.
Overall, the Bluebird Chelsea is a great place to visit for the lively atmosphere and people watching year round, but especially for enjoying dining out on the courtyard in the summertime. The famous Bluebird Burger did not disappoint! We felt the Café menu served on the courtyard is a bit hit or miss and next time we plan on just sticking with burgers again or trying something else from the grill.
Bluebird Chelsea is located at 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU. To make a reservation at the upstairs Bluebird Restaurant or for the Bluebird Chelsea Afternoon Tea, visit their website or call 020 7559 1000.
Website – http://www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk/