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Food & Drink

This Magical Restaurant Boasts London’s Largest Wine List • Hide

Danielle de Wolfe Danielle de Wolfe

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From a fairytale staircase to the whimsical woodland dishes, Hide should be top of your wish-list.

One thing that the capital does better than any other is serve up a diverse selection of delectable grub. And for a London restaurant which marries carefully-crafted food with breathtaking interiors, look no further than Hide, a no-expenses-spared dream that’s sure to satisfy both your eyes and tastebuds. [Photos: @hide_restaurant]

See also: 9 of the very best restaurants in Mayfair.

Chef extraordinaire, Ollie Dabbous, is positioned at the helm, steering Hide in a direction that blends the flavoursome with the magical. A labour of love, Dabbous even shut down his two existing restaurants (Fitzrovia hangout Barnyard and the eponymous Dabbous) to focus on this latest food adventure.

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Spread over three floors, the restaurant features a specially designed Art Deco staircase that looks as though it crawled head-first out of a storybook. The whole thing is pretty damn impressive (rumour has it, the venture cost an eye-watering £20 million).

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[Photo: Joakim Blockstrom]
Taking up prime position overlooking London’s Green Park, the striking glass-fronted eatery has some pretty big backing in the form of local wine retailer Hedonism Wines. With 15 sommeliers on hand (and god knows how many Olympic-level runners on standby), Hide is ready to ferry any number of the 6,800 bottles on offer from their boutique to your table. This, ladies and gents, is a military-grade operation.

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And then we get to the food. This one is named Nest Egg. NEST EGG. Everyone needs themselves a Nest Egg.

Visually, this is the stuff of dreams. Taste-wise, things only seem to get better.

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Is it a birds nest? Are we simply stranded in a meadow and all of this is merely a mirage? All we really know is our Instagram likes will be going through the roof.

Each floor has a dedicated menu. Ground serves up an a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and breakfast. There’s also an open bakery that serves up a variety of freshly baked breads, cakes and viennoiseries.

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Guests choosing to dine at Above, a dining experience based on the mezzanine level, can enjoy a tasting menu and set lunch, showcasing the very best seasonal ingredients. Alternatively, Below serves up an extensive selection of Hedonism’s finest and rarest spirits. It’s like a goldmine for drink enthusiasts. Oh, and don’t forget the plethora of cocktails on offer from Oskar Kinberg, such as the Adam & Eve, which blends Somerset cider brandy, Diplomatico Mantuano rum, fino, fig leaf, spices, lime, and clarified milk. Worth getting kicked out of Eden for, IMHO.

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Yup, this stuff is basically modern art. It looks as though someone just raided our childhood dreams and created a restaurant.

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Well, I know where I’ll be choosing to Hide when things get tough…

Practical information

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am - 1:00am; Sat, 9am–1am; Sun, 9am–11.30pm.
This is fairly high-end stuff: the set lunch is £48, for example, while the five-course tasting menu is £110 (with wine pairings from £80).