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It wasn’t until Twitter conversations drew parallels between the newly launched menu at Antidote wine bar and Chiswick’s Michelin-starred Hedone that the latter’s chef, Mikael Jonsson, revealed he had been taken on as consultant. Up a flight of stairs, Antidote’s
sparse dining area feels far away from the bustling bar where wine aficionados can sup and swirl their way through an extensive array of natural and biodynamic bottles. Given Jonsson’s track
record, it’s no surprise that the food is attention-grabbing stuff, driven by carefully sourced ingredients. Our crab and cucumber salad was enriched with a purée of brown crab meat and pointed up
with green apples and fluffy cucumber mousse, while silky-soft brill fillet was paired with delectable smoked Jersey royals, before a rich chocolate moelleux hit the decadent high notes. Overall,
big flavours make up for decidedly small portions but we can’t help but feel that upstairs misses out on the more convivial fun of the bar area.
An invitation to try the new afternoon bar menu at Newburgh Street’s Antidote Wine Bar presented me with a perfect excuse to lounge about Soho for awhile nibbling away at some savoury snacks and sipping a lovely glass of wine.Under the guidance of Hedone’s Head Chef Mikael Jonsson (who’s been overseeing the menu at Antidote since it reopened earlier this year), the bar has introduced a new tartine menu available from noon to 5pm. Items are priced between £5 and £7.50 and can be had alongside a glass of house wine for an added three quid...
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The menu is short and sweet. Obviously there was the bread. Six slices of superb sourdough, with good salty butter. For me, this alone justifies a visit, but I accept that I may be more interested in bread products than your average restaurant-goer.Other people might just order the aged Gruyère, which came with three more slices; this time a fruit bread. I ate that too, obviously. They didn’t mention the other bread when I ordered. I would have.And I decided to try the cod brandade because I was worried that the cheese might not be enough. A salt cod and olive oil mixture, this was smooth and delicate. Not salty. It came with the freshest radishes and was a gorgeous plateful. Gone in a couple of mouthfuls...
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Antidote is a wine bar and restaurant just off Carnaby Street. There have been rumours that Michelin starred chef Mikael Jonsson of Hedone in Chiswick is currently heading – or is just about to take over – the kitchen so we thought we’d pop along for a spot of Saturday lunch to check it out.Upstairs is the dining room which offers only a set menu for lunch at £23 for three courses. We decided to sit downstairs however, in the more informal wine bar and order some small plates from the menu written on the blackboard. It was a bright and airy space filled with natural light; it had a peaceful atmosphere. We were seated at stools by the window and it was very pleasant indeed...
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