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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016“Amazing food”, “incredible”, “simply outstanding, the best meal I’ve ever had” – Michelin-starred Hedone leaves its numerous fans breathless with superlatives. Lawyer-turned-blogger-turned-chef Mikael Jonsson stakes everything on “fabulous fresh ingredients”, buys in limited quantities and varies his menu from day to day – even from table to table, depending on what’s available. He also halved the number of covers to just 24 in 2015, and most punters (ourselves included) reckon the best seats are to be found on the four stools overlooking the open kitchen. Two tasting menus – one a ‘carte blanche’ using even rarer, more exclusive ingredients – are both available with matched wine pairings, while a pared-back set lunch offers excellent value. Beyond the heavenly liquid Parmesan ravioli and the scallops with dashi foam, there are stunners galore: an oyster in the half-shell with Granny Smith apple foam; the highest grade of French sea bass with fennel; sweetbreads with carrot and chanterelles; grouse with cherries. Desserts also break the mould, from ‘textures of raspberries’ to a creamy, flaky millefeuille dotted with balsamic vinegar. The bread’s “magnificent” too. Even Hedone herself (Greek goddess of pleasure) would surely be impressed.

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Hedone

301-303 Chiswick High Road ,London W4 4HH

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Possibly the best cooking, but maybe not the best food.

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Dec 2015

Editor's pick I'm very surprised to find that Hedone, open four years and with a Michelin star for three, hasn't been reviewed by any Square Meal diner. So if this seems a little stretched its because there's a bit of ground to cover. It was our first visit today at a busy Saturday lunchtime- the only day of the week when Hedone opens for lunch except for special seasonal openings. Its at an unfashionable end of Chiswick High Road, and indeed the premises look nothing from the outside and...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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Mikael Jonsson

Former solicitor, blogger and globetrotting gourmand Mikael Jonsson had never worked in a professional kitchen before setting up Hedone in 2011. Despite severe food allergies that nearly scuppered his new career, the self-confessed perfectionist made up ground quickly, winning a Michelin star a year after opening. Jonsson’s famously exacting standards have suppliers quaking in their boots and his bread is widely considered London’s best. He also oversees the kitchen at Antidote in Soho.

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