Farewell to Chris Staines @ the Foliage

Had my last meal at my favourite London restaurant the Foliage with Chris Staines as Head Chef. Chris was in the last week of his 3 months notice before he moves onto pastures new. Heston Blumenthal will open up his first London restaurant in its place in the Mandarin Oriental in a  years time.

What amazed me was that even in his last week Chris was producing simply breathtakingly stunning dishes…Respect.

Over the years I’ve  had some fantastic meals at the Foliage. In fact I use it as a benchmark to judge every other restaurant I visit. The service there is exceptional and the way Chris uses flavour and texture is the mark of a true artist. I suspect that the much larger replacement restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental will not live up to the high standard set by Chris or indeed Heston at the Fat Duck.

So many celebrity chefs are going down the “franchise” route, with disastrous results. The Abode chain (Micheal Caines) being a prime example and don’t get me started on how awful Harveys is (John Burton Race).

I’d like to thank Chris and his team at the Foliage for giving us many memorable meals (It was my experience of eating at the Foliage that got me interested in food) and to wish him the very best for the future. I just wish he was staying in London as his talent will be sorely missed.

Marks out of 10

Food 8

Service 9

Ambience 7

UPDATE : Chris Staines is now Head Chef at the Allium Brasserie in Bath

2 thoughts on “Farewell to Chris Staines @ the Foliage”

  1. Hi No Expert,

    I have just stumbled across your excellent website and read the great reviews which you have posted for Foliage (RIP).

    I would just like to thank you personally for your support and kind words over the years, I was very blessed at Foliage with a dedicated and passionate team of staff both in the kitchen and front of house and it makes all of the hard work worth it when people enjoy the fruits of our labours as much as you clearly did. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and alas Foliage is no more……however the spirit and feeling behind it live on and before long you will see a new and hopefully improved version of the special little restaurant which was my home for nearly nine years.

    Again thank you for your support and happy eating

    Kindest Regards

    Chris Staines

  2. Thank you Chris, for all the great meals we have had over the years. We are looking forward to visiting your new restaurant at Heckfield Place once it is up and running. It may not be quite as handy as the Foliage, but it’s bound to be well worth the trip.

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