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29 July 2014
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Hedoneone star

020 3544 2411

301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH

£87.00 Modern European , Scandinavian Chiswick

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  • Wine: £42.00
  • Champagne: £69.00
  • Lunch: £35/55/85
  • Dinner: £55/75/95
  • Opening Hours: Thurs-Sat 12N-2.30pm Tues-Sat 6.30-9.30pm

Square Meal Review of Hedone ?

‘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. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Charlie B.

    Hedone

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Frank C.

    An Expensive Chiswick Pearl

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  3. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Matt P.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  4. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Jade S.

    Food does not disappoint

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  5. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Foodess
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  6. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Jean T.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  7. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Mrs C.
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 5

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  8. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Richard C.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  9. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Someone who loves their food
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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 4

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  10. Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
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    Naomi R.
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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 1

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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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  2. Published : Monday, 2nd 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 wiping of the counter tops at the end of the service. We visited for lunch and went for the tasting menu, which incredibly changes weekly according to the high quality produce they receive...
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  3. Published : Friday, 22nd 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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  4. Published : Friday, 23rd 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 refreshing. This is a good, warm place with a nice feel as you walk through the door. And lovely, friendly service from the waiting staff...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 4th 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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  6. Published : Wednesday, 27th 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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  7. Published : Saturday, 22nd 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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  8. Published : Sunday, 9th 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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  9. 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 beyond this world the food there is. I was told to expect plain, fuss-free simple food with a chef being obsessed with high quality ingredients...
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  10. Published : Saturday, 22nd 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 about Jonsson's obsessional desire to find the very best ingredients available, going to extraordinary lengths to source the best. I have been following the progress at Hedone in recent times and noted that the reviews have become stronger, increasing my desire to give it another try.I am a bit off tasting menus of late much preferring three honest fulfilling courses rather than tiny bits of one bite plates. Having this in mind the latest lunch offering at Hedone is a bargain, at two courses for £19 and three for £25 (plus 12.5% service)Browsing the menu  which has a choice of three, three, three, it looked very interesting indeed. Slip sole, Rock Oysters, Duck egg/ girolles. Tamworth pork, Wild duck, Fillet of Hare. It all looked yummy. There were a couple of specials for a supplement. Razor clams, (£5.5 supplement pp) or Breast and leg of Grouse (£10pp) So that was me sorted then.From here on in I am going to be brief in my description of the food because I really can't be bothered other than to say it was an improvement over our first visit. Presentation was much improved making the dishes a lot more appealing visually. The grouse and hare were delicious. The oysters were yummy. The delicate slip sole was over powered by the overuse of acidic lime. The crab amuse was not at all special tasting, (so much for the sourcing) Just very average. Bread was enjoyable. Desserts were decent.Amuse. Crab.Slip SoleOystersHareGrousePear   Sea salt caramel parfait, apple puree So there you have it. Good food, not everything to our taste however, but very mixed service. Our main young lady server was lovely, as was the guy with the bread basket. The sommelier was an ignorant individual who chose to ignore us throughout the meal. This cost his employers lost revenue. He attended the table to offer an aperitif at the beginning of the meal but never came back to the table thereafter to ask if we would like any other drink. I remember him from our last visit as he up sold everything on the list that we looked at, greatly inflating our bill. Not this time though, resulting in a loss of profit for the restaurant.Amellie was just about ok. She did  not seem very friendly and was a bit curt at times.Jonsson, considering he was once a blogger, does not seem to like or tolerate bloggers at all, with one notable exception that is. I know of two bloggers that he was personally objectionable too. He also seems unable to accept any criticism whatsoever, constructive or otherwise.As I re-entered the restaurant from the downstairs toilets I took a photo of the fully open kitchen just as he turned towards me. He went ballistic, demanding that I did not take any photos of him and the kitchen. He stated that he did not even like people photographing his food but tolerated it. His staff seemed godsmacked. He displayed a nasty streak that I found particularly offensive. I suspect that he speaks to his staff like this, but paying customers, who does he think he is?Still we won't be returning. There are thousands of restaurants in London who would love to take our money off us. They will also do it with good grace and a smile at no further cost.Hedone will never get another chance, and I suggest that you do the same.Give this place a wide berth. I can think of many more places your hard earned cash will be much more appreciated. A good restaurant is a lot more than just the food. This place failed today big time on the service front , which is totally unacceptable. Three Michelin stars my . . . .
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