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Jul 22, 2011 03:29 PM

Hedone [London]

Reports, please?

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  1. Are we saying that no one's been?

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    1. re: mangeur

      I am not certain anyone on the board knows where Chiswick is. With its opening would W4 make it to "must live suburb" for a food fan?

      It is definitely one of the openings on 2011 - if I was in London I would be there in a flash. Already planning to have it on the itinerary for my next visit.

      Andy Hayler has a blistering review of it:

      1. re: PhilD

        If only I had a next visit planned.... I had not actually planned to revisit Britain, although Seasalter is awfully tempting. But now...

        1. re: PhilD

          I could make it to Chiswick for this place. :-) It sounds fantastic. Interesting about the English language... I think to an American (at least this one), 'blistering,' may not connote terrific but just the opposite. I'll leave it to the young'uns here to tell me if I'm perhaps wrong about that and way out of touch.

          1. re: zuriga1

            Have got a reservation but not till mid-September what with holidays and all...but promise I will report back! In the meantime, there's a thread with pics and glowing praise on egullet if you haven't seen it already:


            What with this and Roganic also garnering superb reviews and the Sportsman just being, oh, My Favourite Place on Earth...I think you've got plenty of reasons to give into temptation!

            1. re: helen b

              We'll definitely be back to the Sportsman one of these weekends or in the autumn. I think it's one of my favorite places, too. We were tempted by Pollon Street and I booked there for DH's birthday in September. So I do give in to temptation. :-)

              1. re: zuriga1

                It's had mixed reviews but I liked it. A signed menu from Mr Atherton with 'I love you so much it hurts' is currently taking pride of place in our downstairs loo :)

                1. re: helen b

                  From what I could tell the negative reviews of Pollen Street stemmed either from critics pompously refusing to understand how the menu worked or from early-doors imperfections or from the set lunch menu not being great.
                  I thought it was excellent at dinner.

                  1. re: ManInTransit

                    I'm a fan of Atherton's, and I'm lookinjg forward to seeing what he's doing post Maze. I'll let you know what I think after I've been. I'm sure a lot of people wait with bated breath for my reports. :-)

          2. re: PhilD

            Sir, sir, please sir.....I know where Chiswick is.

            My trips to the capital are usually to visit the National Archives and I stay just down the road in cheapo Brentford. I like a nice, if solitary, dinner after spending the day ploughing through the dusty files of 100 year old documents. On me list!

            1. re: Harters

              I'm going for lunch at Hedone next week (after breakfast at St John Hotel). I will then slowly make my way back to Brum afterwards..

              (FWIW, I've had a great time at Pollen Street Social both times I've been)

        2. This looks amazing. Apparently Time Out are preparing a five star review so this might be the time to go before you start having to book way in advance.

          1. big fan of this place

            1. I went to Hedone for lunch on Saturday and I'm still trying to process just how incredible this meal was. Will write properly about it soon - Once I've found the words to do it justice!

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                1. re: YSL

                  OK, I have written a longer version in my blog, but will try to keep it short for here:

                  My lunch at Hedone was easily the best meal I've had this year, possibly ever. I knew of Mikael's obsession with finding the best ingredients but I never thought that I would be so affected by it. It's no exaggeration to say that the dish of mackerel, caught that morning from the Cornish coast flame grilled with "Japanese flavours" was extraordinary - from the fish itself being so fresh and barely cooked that the meat was creamy in consistency, yet you could taste every single ingredient without them overpowering or conflicting with each other. So in this case, you got the creamy texture of the fish, then the flavours of mirin, soy, sesame oil and it's rounded off by the oily taste of the fish. I actually employed delaying tactics because I knew that once I had finished the dish, I would be sad that there was no more..

                  I've never eaten a meal where I was able to clearly recollect not only each dish, but the taste of all the individual ingredients before until I ate at Hedone. Too often, chefs who talk about "letting the ingredients do the talking" still muck about with them and you get your sauce reductions, foams etc. But here, not only do the ingredients have to meet Mikael's very high standards, but he truly treats them simply so that their natural flavours shine through. I know that I may not know exactly what I'll eat there next time I go, but I am very assured in the knowledge that the ingredients will have to meet Mikael's high standards and will be truly cooked simply and in a way so the ingredients natural flavours are highlighted. For me, not only is that incredibly exciting, but it's as close to perfection as you can get.

                  1. re: YSL

                    This was my experience as well. I don't imagine that I will ever eat a more perfect specimen of squab.

                    1. re: YSL

                      Amazing! Am going for dinner in a couple of weeks, can't wait.

                      1. re: YSL

                        Your experience with the mackerel is very appropos. Last night, Rick Stein's visit to study Japanese food and techniques was shown again on TV. My husband who lived there many years recognized a few restaurants and most certainly, all of the foods. Their approach to cooking is amazing. It's wonderful to know you found this right here!

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          The mackerel at Roganic is also excellent. We had several mackerel preparations during our 2-1/2 week holiday, and Roganic's was indeed my favorite (although I also love The Ledbury's version as well).

                          127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

                    2. Dinner last night was fabulous. As everyone else has said, simple preparations letting the flavours show through. The only bum note was the grouse - even though I knew from reviews how it would be served, the claw was rather off-putting! The wines the sommelier recommended were wonderful and perfectly matched. A great night :)

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                      1. re: gembellina

                        Going tomorrow which I'm excited about.

                        I've generally avoided reviews but Gembelina this claw sounds like something we should know about! Do tell?

                        1. re: ManInTransit

                          The grouse came as breast and a leg, and the leg still had the foot attached: claws, feathery ankle and all! Fingerbowl strongly suggested that one was meant to pick up the leg and nibble. The review I read mentioned pigeon that came like this so I guess they treat all their game birdies this way. The table of older ladies next to us looked absolutely shell-shocked when their plates arrived. As did my dining companion... Tasted good though!