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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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How could anyone resist a dish which came with “pork pie sauce”? Sod the rest of the ingredients (scallop may have taken top billing on the menu, but not for me), pork pie is one of Britain’s finest contributions to world cuisine and here it comes in liquid form. Bloody marvellous.
This was our first time in the downstairs private room, and it is never going to win any awards for décor or warmth: it is small and private, but adorned in muted browns (at great expense no doubt), and just big enough for a table, but not big enough for drinks and nibbles beforehand (although they did try).
As for the food, as well as the pork pie sauce, the scallop that accompanied it was a big, solid just cooked example, topped with a mustard crumble and accompanied by a grapefruit jelly, the sweetness of which contrasted perfectly with the salty sauce. The ravioli of smoked spud with egg yolk and the risotto also got big thumbs up. Mains too were very good, although the cod with black truffle, whilst a meaty fellow, was a little bland, contrasting with the guinea fowl which can often be bland, but here was not.
Deserts too were perfectly fine: the chocolate tart was certainly chocolaty (although the basil ice cream was a bit tame), and the whiskey cream millefeuille was so fine, that I didn’t get a look in of a try.
Dissatisfaction from other reviewers seems mainly to be focused on the service: whilst there was nothing actually wrong with the service, it is definitely on the sniffy side of formal; arrogant from the first to the last. Now I don’t really want the “Hello, have you ever been to Hibiscus before” approach, but geez guys, you could lighten up just a little bit. Maybe a smile? Too much: how about cracking a little grin then?
So don’t go to be amazed at the décor or the service, and do remember that this is Mayfair, so prices are on the high side of stratospheric, but do go for the light, often brilliant, and never less than very good, food.