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Mikael Jonsson and his “totally committed” team create “an extraordinary culinary experience” behind a “modest” façade in outer-Chiswick (where sitting at the counter watching the preparation is a popular option). It’s “one of the best restaurants in the UK”, with a “total focus on sourcing the best ingredients and intensifying their flavours” via “adventurous combinations” as part of a “stunning tasting menu”, and all complemented by “an exceptional wine list”. On the downside, the approach can seem a little “hushed” or “over-anxious”, and for a sceptical minority the whole set-up seems “monumentally over-rated and overpriced”.
“The best ingredients in London” and “unique, technical mastery” underpin “staggering”, “cutting-edge cuisine at its finest” for most who trek to Mikael Jonsson’s open-kitchen HQ, in outer Chiswick. It’s an “idiosyncratic” experience however, and sceptics feel there’s just “too much fuss and self regard”, especially given the “eye-watering expense”. Stop Press – In October 2015 the restaurant will close and re-open with half the number of covers, more complicated cooking, and a focus on rare ingredients and wines. Pricing may change too.
“Truly staggering!”; after three years in operation, Mikael Jonsson’s “unsung” open-kitchen venture, in outer Chiswick, has finally got properly into its stride – his “incredibly clever” modern Scandi dishes deliver “small bites of perfection and amazement”.
Mikael Jonsson’s “incredibly original” two-year-old (“at the wrong end of Chiswick”) is “like nothing else in London”, particularly in its “unsurpassed sourcing” of ingredients; “given the hype in foodie circles”, however, it can strike the uninitiated as “underwhelming”, especially at the price.
Hedone Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Just about perfect for a tasting menu... not too heavy, surprising, not too showy, very well balanced. Wines excellent. It's like a master is just riffing in the open kitchen and passing you something he's just thought up, which always tasted great. Concentrating on the taste rather than being overly flashy. Service not too intrusive and staff knowledgeable... knocked the spots off smilar tasting menus (eg Rebuchon) can;t wait to go back."
"An experience worth gambling on. An innocuous entrance and cosy dining room don't prepare you for the culinary treat that awaits. The tasting menu selected for you and explained in detail to you is generous and not too challenging. The chef is on hand to answer questions and oversees the kitchen and service with quiet authority. Great food and a homely atmosphere but boy can the bill mount up. A once a year treat!"
"High quality food, great culinary concept and great service, slight on the bully side and overly expensive!"
"Top-notch ingredients and technically flawless cooking, but slightly haughty service and a clinical, dull room."
301-303 Chiswick High Rd, London, W4 4HH
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Last orders: 9.30 pm