Can I just say that again – this place has two Michelin stars
LONDON: Hibiscus is the creation of Chef Claude Bosi and it was originally opened in 2000 in a small market town in the West Midlands a.k.a Ludlow in County Shropshire. Hibiscus earned its second Michelin star in 2004, and in 2007 Bois and his wife shut the original restaurant and moved to Mayfair in London. Hibiscus briefly lost one of its stars after the move but the casual £1million spent on buying and decorating the new site did not go to waste as they won the star back again in 2009.
Can I just say that again… this place has two Michelin stars and a chef innovative as ever.
To be perfectly honest I consider M & S meals to be posh so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in a two-starred Michelin restaurant. I could only imagine that they must serve food worthy of the gods. So after getting suitably dolled up we went to check what it was all about.
The Ambience: Hibiscus had a very welcoming atmosphere with comfortable cushioned armchairs and ample space between tables creating an intimate setting. I felt the staff were wonderfully friendly and professional and not at all pretentious which can sometimes happen in other Michelin star restaurants. The restaurant design was simple but the extensive wood panelling made it feel very warm and cozy.
The Service: I could not fault the service at Hibiscus, we ordered an 8 course tasting menu and our server was able to tell us in detail about each course. In addition to the tasting menu we ordered a wine flight and Head Sommelier Bastien Ferreri was incredibly knowledgeable about each wine they selected. The service was attentive but not overbearing and we felt we were free to carry on a conversation without being constantly interrupted.
The Food: Chef Bosi is known for his creativity and he certainly did not disappoint, I was in awe of what he managed to create over the 8 courses. The food was exceptionally good, and it was such a fun experience to be eating all these bizarre combinations that somehow tasted amazing. The presentation of the food was also excellent; the only disappointment was the cheese burrata, which was served as one of the desert courses. I thought it lacked slightly in flavour and I just don’t think it lived up to the other courses.
Value for Money: Hibiscus is expensive, there is no doubt about that. The 8 course tasting menu will set you back £120 plus 12.5% service charge. The best value is for lunch, which costs £49.50 for 3 courses, ½ bottle of wine, coffee and petit fours.
Typical dishes: Pumpkin veloutè, blue cheese Royale, Scottish scallop, Confit pork neck, smoked eel sauce, Adour foi gras, Fallow venison, Poached Cornish cod, Sweet potato, cheesecake.
Wine list: Strong emphasis on French wine and great selection of both red and white Burgundy. Bottlers are from 28 pounds, glass from 5.
Opening hours: Lunch Tuesday-Saturday Noon-2.30pm. Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 6.30pm-10.30pm. Friday-Saturday 6pm-10-30pm (last orders)
Media quote: “Bosi uses trusted independent suppliers to keep his kitchen fueled with prime seasonal ingredients, and his menu is based on a thorough appreciation of French classical cooking along fabulous creativity” – AA Restaurant Guide 2015
Address: 29 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PA
Reservation: +44 20 7629 2999
Nearest underground: Oxford Circus/Bond Street
Chef: Claude Bosi
Restaurant Manager: Laurent Gilis
Aislinn´s travel blog: www.liakadatravel.com