Restaurant of the Month: Elystan Street
This month we take a look at restaurant Elystan Street, London. And put some questions to co-owner and chef Phil Howard.
Why do you do what you do?
I cook because I feel this is what I was put on the planet to do. I enjoy nothing more than spending my time in the kitchen cooking wonderful seasonal produce.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The sense of giving others pleasure through food is a wonderful thing.
What do you enjoy the least about your job?
Broken equipment, last minute dramas and guests who fail to turn up for their booking.
What achievement for the restaurant are you most proud of?
It’s early days but to still be voted as best chef is a humbling thing after all these years.
Do you use British Produce?
Of course - the vast majority of our ingredients are British, and rightly so.
What do you think is best about using British Produce?
It is magnificent produce that is close to hand, abundant when in season and excellent value.
Why should people buy British?
There is simply no reason not to. Why go elsewhere?
What is your most popular dish?
Chargrilled asparagus with herbed goats curd, nut milk and balsamic vinegar