From a fairytale staircase to the whimsical woodland dishes, London’s Hide restaurant should be top of your wish-list.
One thing that London does better than any other is serve up a diverse selection of delectable grub. The capital’s latest addition comes in the form of Hide, a no-expenses-spared dream that’s sure to satisfy both your eyes and tastebuds. [Photos: @hide_restaurant]
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 his latest food adventure.
Spread over three floors, this soon-to-be London favourite 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).
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.
And then we get to the food. Candy stripe beetroot with marigold, orange & pistachio, anyone? Visually, this is the stuff of dreams. Taste-wise, things only seem to get better.
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.
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.
This one is named Nest Egg. NEST EGG. Everyone needs themselves a Nest Egg.
Yup, this stuff is basically modern art. It looks as though someone just raided our childhood dreams and created a restaurant.
Location: 85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NB. Nearest station: Green Park. Find it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am – 1:00am; Sat, 9am–1am; Sun, 9am–11.30pm.
Price: this is fairly high-end stuff: the set lunch and afternoon tea are £42, for example, while the tasting menu is £95 (with wine pairings from £65.)
More information: visit their website.