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‘A superb blend of style and substance’, Michelin-starred Hedone is testament to the passion and skill of Swedish-born food blogger-turned-restaurateur Mikael Jonsson. The venue itself has a satisfying urban rusticity – ‘stark but soothing’, with neutral tones, views into the kitchen and staff who are up to speed with the culinary goings-on. Mikael’s cooking isn’t overtly Scandinavian, but it is precise, technically sharp and seasonal – from a memorable pairing of queen scallop with nori and Jerusalem artichokes or a ‘stunning’ piece of turbot given star treatment with bouillabaisse sauce and white aïoli to infuriatingly clever ‘liquid-filled’ ravioli or a tantalising pre-dessert of rosewater meringue with beetroot cream. This is seriously good stuff from someone who delivers bold, creative gestures and backs them with a well-chosen (if pricey) Euro-accented wine list. We side with fans who call Hedone an ‘expensive Chiswick pearl’, rather than those who claim it ‘lacks a sense of joy’.

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  1. The story behind Hedone is a rare one, if not completely unique. Swedish-born Mikael Jonsson pursued his “borderline obsession” for ingredients of the highest quality by training as a chef in his early years. But his severe allergies to a variety of food put on hold any dreams of opening his own restaurant and instead, he forged a career as a lawyer.

    During this time, Jonsson authored a food blog, Gastroville.com (now closed), demonstrating great understanding and in-depth analysis of food, whilst also advising chefs and restaurateurs where to find the best ingredients...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 9 December 2012

    HungryinLondon :: HEDONE (Chiswick)

    I’m swiftly approaching my unborn’s ETA and I am trying to cram as many meals in as possible before I will be confined to the nursery with a crying child in my arms. At the moment, baby and food are fighting for space in my ever-expanding abdomen, and, sorry baby, at my recent meal at Hedone, the food won. This dinner will probably stay with me during many a future sleepless night, will be recalled with nostalgia while changing nappies and may well lighten the darkness of postnatal depression. What an amazing meal this was!..
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  1. Published : Saturday, 22 December 2012

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Hedone, Dec 2012

    The story behind Hedone is well known by now. Michael Jonsson, a food blogger who advised several chefs about where to source top produce from, decided to put his money where his mouth is and start up his own restaurant. And he’s done so with great success...
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  1. Published : Friday, 23 August 2013

    Saying it straight :: Head only at Hedone.

    I deliberately didn’t read anything about this before I went. I knew that it had been blogged to death. I knew that people really liked it. I knew that it had been given a Michelin star and that the owner was an ex-lawyer foodblogger. It spoke to me.

    So I expected that I was going to get food which was interesting, well-cooked and a cut above the ordinary.

    Interesting it certainly was. I very much liked the décor with its upcycled furniture and quirky/casual Scandi-eclectic vibe. There were strange food-related murals on the ceiling but they were original and showed a lack of conformity which I find...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 22 September 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Hedone

    I first visited Hedone shortly after it opened, just over a year ago. A couple of friends of the chef Mikael Jonsson were singing his praises. One even had the audacity to suggest that his food was worthy of three Michelin stars? I'll have one of what he is drinking please.During the early months of opening it had very mixed reviews. On one particular food forum which I contributed too, some of the reviews were scathing, citing poor produce, amateurish presentation, and lack of cooking skill. My own opinion was that we enjoyed the food, but it did not have me hop, skipping and jumping down the road.Much has been made...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 27 February 2013

    The Insatiable Eater :: Hits and misses at Hedone

    Hedone is an interesting one. My potted summary goes a little like this: it's a critical darling serving somewhat polarising Michelin-starred food by an ex-blogger out of a cube-like space with an open kitchen in, of all places, Chiswick. Although serving arguably the best bread in London, I otherwise find it hard to categorise the food. Despite the Swedish heritage of the chef, Hedone doesn't really rock to the new Nordic vibe, but it is clearly produce driven. Some dishes we ate were spectacular, but others felt strangely one dimensional...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 4 April 2013

    [FEAST to the world] :: Hedone, Chiswick

    Very rarely I stumbled on a restaurant that filled me with admiration before I have even patron the venue. From the moment I've heard of Hedone, I was intrigued to learn that Mikael Jonsson, the chef who runs it, was formerly a keen food blogger gallantly decided to take his passion that step further and open a restaurant...
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  1. Published : Monday, 2 December 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Hedone-ism

    It almost feels like I don't belong here at all. Tucked away in an inconspicuous corner of up-and-coming Chiswick, the sleek Scandinavian lines and open plan concept looks startlingly out of place amongst the local family Italian restaurants and chains. That's not to say it's an intimidating place once you get through the door. Despite the eye-catching plaudits from elsewhere (a rare 18/20 from Andy Hayler, number 70 on the world's best list and a Michelin star within a year of opening), the kitchen gives off a serene, aloof aura of calm from the moment the chefs started to filter in right up to their almost meditative...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 30 March 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Hedone

    Hedone is the restaurant of Michael Jonsson, a former food blogger and ingredients consultant who opened in 2011 and went on to win a Michelin Star in short order, along with a veritable tsunami of praise from critics, bloggers and food lovers worldwide. Michael Jonsson has scoured the UK and Europe to source the absolute best produce available and the ingredients available that day drive the menu's.After a two hour journey across London we arrived and sat at the bar overlooking an open kitchen, which takes up quite a bit of the brick walled room. The kitchen is a full working kitchen rather than a place to plate...
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  1. Hedone on Chiswick High Street may not be the usual gourmet’s destination but Swedish chef Mikael Jonsson changed the game. So here I go in my heels on a stormy Friday evening, I remember it was raining cats and dogs, my umbrella was too weak, my hat blown away on the way but anyhow, the place is worth it. You certainly heard that Hedone was recently awarded its first Michelin star which is even more impressive given that Jonsson opened the place in 2011 only – chapeau. My visit was perhaps just a week before the news were out and in fact it was long overdue after a well eaten friend kept telling me about it how much...
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  1. Published : Friday, 22 November 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Hedone

    Hedone is a Michelin starred blip on an otherwise ordinary suburban high street. Armoured in slate-grey cladding and frosted windows, it is easy to overlook. An unmarked door does little to demystify, but we, the initiated, know better. The restaurant is open plan, such that the brushed steel kitchen is in full view in one corner of the square area. Watching the chefs as they flit around each other with organized and practised finesse is highly fascinating, and a highlight of dining here...
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