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Upscale creative London - advice needed

sasicka Sep 4, 2013 08:04 AM

Last year we were absolutelly thrilled by Roganic. Could you please recommend something similar? We've been to Pollen St Social and to Texture, but none of them came close. On this trip, we'll probably also eat at St John and Ottolenghi, but they're both different. We're looking for amazing creative food with no ther concerns. Thanks for any ideas!

  1. PhilD Sep 4, 2013 08:26 AM


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      brokentelephone Sep 4, 2013 08:59 AM

      Hedone, possibly Viajante?

      1. m
        ManInTransit Sep 4, 2013 09:53 AM

        Hedone is ingredient focused. The very best of each ingredient that it is possible to source, served in a fairly pared-down way, flawlessly cooked with only a couple of other ingredients on the plate.

        Viajante is much more at the slightly crazy end of the spectrum with interesting preparations and ostensibly jarring combinations. I've eaten some of the best dishes of my life at Nuno Mendes' supper clubs and restaurants but then a cauliflower foam on a dessert at Viajante was certainly a low point. Overall a really great restaurant though.

        1. limster Sep 4, 2013 01:29 PM

          Restaurant Story.

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            juniper77 Sep 5, 2013 01:49 AM

            Have heard lots of good things about The Dairy in Clapham. Might be worth a look.

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              lacemaker Sep 6, 2013 05:56 AM

              Viajante has the most creative food I've had in England - I slightly preferred it to L'Enclume, but I suspect I'm in the minority there, and it's perhaps a bit more hit and miss in the quality of individual courses.

              Clove club is quite clever, but it probably won't blow you away.

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                Gareth_UK Sep 6, 2013 10:21 AM

                For my money (and, in this case, quite a lot of my money...) Hibiscus is closest in spirit to L'Enclume. I agree with the take on Viajante - can be sensationally creative but perhaps lacks some of the control and polish...

                I tried the Dairy in Clapham. Excellent food - I just wish it was being served in a restaurant. By which I mean its another in the long - and increasingly tiresome - list of grunge/hip restaurants that, y'know, are too trendy for tablecloths. Staff and service were perfectly fine but it seemed to have a "converse trainers mandatory" dress code and after two hours numbing my arse on a chemistry lab stool I felt that if they were going to charge high-end restaurant prices (in Clapham) they might at least supply the restaurant to go with them!


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                1. re: Gareth_UK
                  PhilD Sep 7, 2013 09:14 AM

                  "if they were going to charge high-end restaurant prices.....they might at least supply the restaurant to go with them" - I am going to steal that - a great quote.

                2. sasicka Sep 7, 2013 12:16 PM

                  Thanks guys, seems like Hedone and Viajante would be the places for me. So I made a reservation @ both of them :-) French chefs and French cuisine, however updated and modernised, don't really attract me, so L'Eclume and Hibiscus wouldn't fit the bill.
                  Thanks for all the tips though!

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