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Hibiscus or The Ledbury?

J_A_A Oct 11, 2010 03:33 PM

Hey Guys!

I will be in London for a couple days in November, and would like to go to one of these 2.
Which one would you go to?
Also, is the wine list very expensive at Hibiscus or not? I like the look of the wine list of The Ledbury...
I haven't been to any of them, so I have a true open mind.
Thanks in advance!

Jonathan

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    Nancy S. RE: J_A_A Oct 11, 2010 03:41 PM

    The Ledbury would be my pick.

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      ManInTransit RE: J_A_A Oct 11, 2010 03:57 PM

      Well this evening The Ledbury just beat the Fat Duck to the number one spot at the National Restaurant awards. Not that that really means anything.

      It would depend on your personal preferences really, you'll have a very good meal at either so I'd just look at the lunch/tasting menus and see which grabs you. I would say that you are probably going to end up spending a fair bit more at Hibiscus though.

      Also worth considering, if you're only here for a couple of days, that Hibiscus couldn't be more central whereas the Ledbury is out in Notting Hill - whether that's a factor will obviously depend on where you're staying.

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        J_A_A RE: ManInTransit Oct 11, 2010 04:07 PM

        I am staying in Covent Garden, but location doesn't really matter to tell you the truth.
        I was gonna go for dinner anyway. I like that Claude Bosi used to work at L'Arpege, which might be my favorite restaurant in the world :)
        But then it would be cool to try the Aussie chef's food at The Ledbury, as I live in Sydney...
        Thanks for your answer ;)

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          Nancy S. RE: J_A_A Oct 11, 2010 04:18 PM

          Brett Graham is one of the most charming chefs I have met. If you get a chance to meet him while you are there will make the experience exemplary.

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            PhilD RE: J_A_A Oct 12, 2010 02:16 AM

            I find it interesting that Hibiscus gets pretty mixed reviews, service can be cold (it was on my visit) and the food is either loved or thought unremarkable (again our view).

            Haven't been to the Ledbury but chatted to Brett a number of times the Harwood which is also worth trying (the chef Stephen Williams is a is a Newcastle (NSW) boy and was Brett's number two at the Ledbury).....and reviews of the Ledbury are pretty consistent. A restaurant/chef on the up.

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