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|Address:||301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH|
|Tel:||020 3544 2411|
|Price: £87.00||Wine: £42.00||Champagne: £69.00|
|Opening Hours:||Thurs-Sat 12N-2.30pm Tues-Sat 6.30-9.30pm|
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We who are Chiswick residents are fortunate to have a number of excellent restaurants and Hedone is probably rivalled only by Michael Nadra. I highly recommend the Hedone experience. A stark but soothing atmosphere allows one fully to concentrate on the excellent food. And truly excellent it is. Some of the reviewers have quibbled about the size of the portions and one is indeed reminded of cuisine minceur. However, the flavours are so exquisite and their balance so right that Hedone is a place where one is naturally going to eat slowly and savour each mouthful. Also, there is many an amuse gueule, each more delicious than the next. In short, and despite my perhaps excessively healthy appetite as a large maIe, I certainly went home feeling satisfied.
Despite the very Swedish minimalist decor, Hedone is far from frosty or self-satisfied. Every member of staff was charming and they were all happy to comment on the ingredients. Our waitress was outstanding and clearly enjoyed her job. Her partner, she told us, is a chef and she was one herself so a better person to comment on the various courses it would have been impossible to have. It is a rare for a restaurant of this standard to convey such a cozy and convivial atmosphere that I felt was also clearly sensed by the other diners.
Desserts maintained the standard. I had one of the best mille feuilles I have ever had. The flaky pastry was perfect as to texture and, more unusually, had a lot of flavour.
This is a top restaurant and I did not resent the bill too much. The only quibble is the wine list, where even e very ordinary everyday drinking wine will set you back over forty pounds. This is unjustified and it has kept me from giving the restaurant the full five stars that it so clearly deserves. Long may Hedone remain in Chiswick. It probably will, as the restaurant was rather full for a Thursday evening. However, lowering the prices on the wines is a pressing need, and a pity that a restaurant that is otherwise so very appealing should have a detriment in an area that is so easy to fix.