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|Address:||29 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PA|
|Tel:||020 3544 0784|
|Price: £86.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £80.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.15pm Tues-Sat 6.30-11pm (Fri-Sat 6pm- )|
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As disappointment is relative to expectation I suppose that is one reason why I would have to say my biggest let down yet. I did have high expectations.. and Hibiscus had been on my list of restaurants to go for for some time … if it is food only you are interested in then do go but if you want the package don't. you can pick out from below what you need from your dining experience and make up your own mind – a brief overview -the service was dreadful and grudging. the room was grim, the food was superb but very small servings, and lunch was very good value but as a single diner it was the first time i ever felt uncomfortalbe in a restaurant
To start ..the room is like an airport lounge .(had thought The Square was the worst dining room in the city) reception reminds me of the waiting hall at my local garage .. certainly one would not feel like a pre lunch drink there …however the receptionist was wonderful … A single diner I was seated at a small table for two right beside another couple .. making them feel very uncomfortalbe . note to restaurants .. don't do this .. its not fair on them .. they feel listened to . and its not fair on the single diner .. they are trying not to listen. there were several nice big round tables ( at least 4 ) vacant for the duration .. it was another example of the grudging service I was to experience not to have given these tables either or both of us.
I really don't know if this was an off day but from the start the head waiter seemed to resent having to come near me … A Kir for my aperitif which was one of the best i have had .. and was really surprised to see on my bill later was only £6 ;.. I settled for the lunch with a glass of wine which is £ 39 and excellent value … a small amuse bouche a pineapple drink ..nothing to write home about .. an amazing starter of a fois gras terrine . a main course of superb partridge .. and a lovely dessert … the wine that came with the lunch was in fact ia very good french red and indeed I stuck with it .. ( when i could get attention to order it ) again was surprised to see on the bill the charge was £6 a glass …it was a very fine wine for this price ..bread not really up to par for a 2 star restaurant .. also literally a thumb size slice of turnip with the main.. i was sure it was just a garnish and expected to see a separate side dish of the winter vegatables as per menu arrive…lunch is just that bit too small so that one does not feel quite full at the end of the meal … and don't eat the petit fours as they are not good enough and your taste buds will forget the great flavours that came before them — coffee .. it was literally like water … needless to say when I pointed this out the waiter he was not happy and while he did offer tochange it .. by this stage I just wanted to get out … it is just not the type of place you want to hang around .. because of their attitude I was uncomfortable and I was quite exposed as a single diner in the position they seated me … I think i would have had a dessert wine or maybe even a different glass with lunch if anyone had bothered with me…
So the upshot is that the lunch is great value and very good – and other tables that had the a la carte seemed to be delighted with their food too …but atmosphere and service is worst in town .. I don't know if this was because i was eating alone – never had this experience of feeling unwelcome and uncomfortable before so not sure how to read it … .. single diners do make recommendations too you know ..my friend who had to organise 5 business lunchs over the last two weeks asked me to pick the restaurants — I made a point of telling him not to go here – as i said earlier you will know what is important to you but I will advise anyone dining alone not to go here …