Firmly established Michelin starred restaurant in Chiswick, focussing on simplicity of ingredients
Better food moments this time round having the tasting menu at the counter for lunch which spilled in to the kitchen staff’s evening mealtime. The head chef excelled himself on this visit by stretching to actually insult my family’s Norwegian heritage on this occasion when attempting to make light conversation about Scandinavian produce, so that was great. It was actually quite impressive how Mikael Jonsson’s display of poor rapport was on this occasion. Diners at the counter should also be aware there is a local who has had his own name engraved in to the stool at the left hand side of the bar having eaten in Hedone more than anyone else in the world. Much as I acknowledge this accolade, it doesn’t really flick my switch and I would caution diners that want to avoid the possibility of a testosterone match by this diner and the head chef (who seemed to serve as a double act on one occasion), by taking a table sat down, if you think the food merits the journey. Food wise, technically very good here, no question; if only the flavours hit more pleasure valves.
Food Grade: 86%
This is one of Andy Hayler’s absolute favourites and so I was really looking forward to seeing it. My findings were that there is no question that the cooking here is methodical and has a simple precision that cannot fail to impress. My only disappointment was that I genuinely did not get many ‘I love this’ moments as one does with many simple dishes regardless of which someone’s favourites are. The style was not in question but I left wondering if I had missed something. If you have a moment with the chef, guests are advised not to expect the most fluidly warm or lengthy of discussions.
Food Grade: 78%
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