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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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“Crystalline dining experience in the hands of a great contemporary chef”
It had been a while since we had last dined at the great Hibiscus. And so when an old buddy from Asia suggested we go for a special night out together with our wives given we had missed doing so the last few times, I was more than happy to find, perhaps due to the slight Summer lull, that Hibiscus could accomodate with a table for the 4 of us!
Familiarity does not breed contempt when it is such succinct excellence one is faced with, and Hibiscus charms not merely with pizzaz or showmanship but comes through with subtle assuredness which has never failed to succeed in previous visits, nor on this occassion. Entering the restaurant one is perhaps surprised by the relatively intimate ambience and size of the single dining room which accomodates probably no more than 50 covers. There is no music; just gentle whisperings from guests' exclamations (of enjoyment !), and occasionally the quiet awareness of the well oiled staff as they go about expertly attending to every whim and fancy of the diners.
One has to go, to appreciate chef Claude Bosi's inspired compositions which change each time we have been, as he sometimes daringly blends bold ingredients and flavours to create culinary masterpieces. Perhaps once or twice have these compositions been so unusual in their inspiration that one stops to wonder, but on most occasions it is the realisation of a master at work, continually surprising and delighting our taste buds.
One has to try it for oneself as it is a journey to experience and savour each time, like luxury travel around the globe.