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Last service was June 1 - a sad loss - not a perfect restaurant but a passion project that demanded respect for what it achieved.

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Summary

£129
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Ex-solicitor, Mikael Jonsson’s “idiosyncratic” passion-project in deepest Chiswick continues to inspire controversy amongst its large following. No-one is too fussed that the interior is “clinical, with harsh light”: it’s the hit to the wallet that elicits grief, with many critics apt to rate the food highly, but still cavil at the “outrageous prices”. Its disciples, though, are “captivated” and feel “the enormous bill is entirely fair” given the “stunning” ingredients (“some not seen elsewhere”), and the “mouthwateringly wonderful”, “constantly evolving” and “exciting” cuisine (“only on offer as tasting menus, but with each course a surprise and delight”). In their view: “at one Michelin star this restaurant is under-rated”“the food level sometimes touches a three-star, but is certainly two-star and way better than just the one!” Top Menu Tip: don’t miss the bread.

Summary

£118
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You either ‘get’ this restaurant or you don’t”, and views on Mikael Jonsson’s “innocuous” and “homely”-looking Chiswick project remain somewhat divided. For a strong majority, “the best ingredients in the UK, coupled with sophisticated cooking technique” provides a “thought-provoking” and “most exciting” tasting menu experience that’s “just about perfect... not too heavy, not too showy, very well balanced, surprising… from a master just riffing in his open kitchen and passing you something like he’s just thought it up, which always tastes great”. Ratings are undercut however, by a vociferous minority, who just “don’t see it”, or who feel a meal is “30-50% overpriced”.

Summary

£106
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair
16
46
5+
301-303 Chiswick High Rd, London, W4 4HH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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