In October 2011 Hedone won the One to Watch award at the National Restaurant Awards and got awarded of its first Michelin star in October 2012,followed by breaking into position 63 of the San Pelegrino world's 50 best list.
Hedone offers a very innovative setting with a totally open kitchen that serves to show that the chef has “nothing to hide”.
Stunning and creative food, interesting concepts where each table gets a slightly different menu
Great dining experience. It is like a culinary show with the kitchen as the star on center stage. The food was phenomenal. We were comfortably full after the tasting menu (without the cheese board). The dishes were fresh, tasty, and experimental cooked that I could not begin to figure out how it was cooked in such a way. I loved it and would recommend the experience.
We heard a lot of good reviews before going to Hedone to try their Sunday brunch menu, but we were a bit disappointed. The service, interior and ambience were great but the food was not as good as what we expected. The homemade Pissaladiere, confit duck salad and the dessert were quite impressive but the burger (we tried both beef and guinea fowl) , which we had a high expectation for, turned out to be just OK.
Delicious food, full of flavour and using exquisite ingredients. Service friendly without being overbearing. More non-alcoholic drinks would be a bonus for non-drinkers!
This was my 4th time visiting but it was 5 years since last time.
Went with friend who went with first time we had great experiences then.The food was all lovely especially the mains,we ordered extra course.Although supposed to be added on instead of 7 courses we should have got 8,we missed scallops which other tables were getting.We were not sure then but surely by mistake.
Although the food was good but we felt the pricing both food and drinks are much more over priced.It was double the price compared to usd to be but the food quality was much better years ago,even we had more drinks.We loved the style that we could choose different menus instead of one set menu.There are many places with the half prices with this quality therefore we were disappointed.
We had lovely reunion and wedding celebration dinner time though.
There was only 1 table of 2 men and 1 man sittind at the bar and we were the 2nd table (2) reserved for the night which tells everything
There were a lot of children there during brunch time so the restaurant was very crowded and noisy. The children were running around the waiters didn’t ask the parents to take care of their children. The food was good but served very slowly. The timing from dish to dish is not good and there were only two waiters for the whole restaurant.
Hedone is a small, comfortable but elegant space. As solo diner I had a bar stool seat that overlooked kitchen, which I enjoyed. After a fairly long wait in my seat before anything happened (water, menu, any kind of attention), service was efficient if a bit impersonal and rushed.
As for the food -not much to criticise, nor much to rave about. Umami flan with red pepper coulis- nice enough. Three ravioli filled with chicken stock- yum. White asparagus with hay smoked hollandaise- great sauce but washed out by bland asparagus. Perhaps not quite the season yet? Juniper-smoked Salmon, sorrel sauce (trademark acidity barely noticeable) and beetroot- OK, but a long way from greatness. A pre-dessert of rhubarb sorbet with lemon meringues, intriguingly with a wine pairing of its own- nice, but no better or more interesting than one I could have made at home. Only main course and dessert stood out as memorable and delicious: double lamb chops were meltingly tender and full of flavour, accompanied by a great carrot-apricot combo. Dessert featured an intriguing chocolate coated mousse pillow with gentle coffee and yuzu flavours, a sprinkle of cacao nibs and a teaspoon of red miso ice cream- a brilliant combination that confused and excited the taste buds.
My "classic" (cheapskate) wine pairing was great- three fantastic whites, two wonderful sweet wines, and a pinot noir with the lamb that was a little underpowered and youthful for my taste, but then I'm not a connoisseur.
On the whole, it's been a perfectly nice dinner but not really the memorable experience I hoped for. I can't afford to have Michelin-starred dinners often, so when I splash out this much I hope for "wow", not "perfectly nice".
Fabulous food, fabulous wine and fabulous atmosphere!
The food is still really good but for the price one can get as good or better elsewhere so as wine list/ service do not matching the price level we will not be going back.
Very well prepared food. I enjoyed seeing the open kitchen.
Four years between our last income and nothing's changed ! Just perfect !
Delicious meal and great ambience for a special meal.
Lovely restaurant great services but the food was underwhelming, courses were hit and miss overall we probably wouldn’t go back there.
An odd experience. Obviously Hedone have the ability to produce interesting food and from historical reviews they have a place within the upmarket restaurant trade.
However, I came away from my dinner feeling like they were cutting corners on dishes (they only serve a tasting menu) to drive maximum profitability. One course is a salad for instance, you can pay £35 pp to improve the dish by adding tuffles, although on its own it is a salad no more enticing or tasteful than a high street eatery. We did elect to have truffles on the pasta course although sadly the truffles had very little flavour (or the dish failed out bring their flavour - taste was flat nevertheless).
In short, we spent c£400 and I can think of more than a dozen other restaurants where that level of expenditure would have me walking away with a memorable experience ( rather than a look of bemusement).
Hedone fully merits is standing in the "next 50" in the list of the World's Best 50 Restaurants - with the implied ranking of 6th best restaurant in the UK. From its modest premises in Chiswick, it delivers awesome food, every mouthful to be savoured and appreciated, and service that simultaneously manages to be understated, personal, charming and flawless. It has become our destination of choice whenever we have a something special to celebrate.
My one star rating is perhaps a little miserly but I hold Michelin-starred restaurants with this reputation (and price) to a high comparative standard. Assuming you drink alcohol you cannot get out of this place for less than 250 GBP a head. From the outset I couldn't get over the feeling that we should somehow feel "privileged" for eating there, but the food (and service) while well presented lacked flavour and was not at all memorable. Spacing of courses was leisurely to the point of boredom - 4 hours to complete the meal. Lamb main course was bland and so chewy as to be inedible (the staff didn't seem to care). I was watching and no way the courses were "designed" for each table. On this showing I will not go back and I'll be surprised if Hedone retains its Michelin star into 2020.
It Was cold ,1 rest room , food not the Best We dont come back
Immaculate, imaginative cooking, unlikely to be bettered anywhere in London
Brilliant and another fantastic tasting menu! Chef and staff delivering a mind blowing 4 hours journey! Fab wines and great sommelier. Food... as good as it can be!
The food is so good! It was my birthday with my friend, I really enjoyed it! Every courses in the supervising menu are so delicious! I also got a small cake and a birthday present!
Absolutely stunning! 4th time I’ve been and each time it gets better and better. Standout dishes were a crab starter with a layer of jelly and custard and a veal sweetbread dish which we all described as “the perfect plate of good”. Best restaurant in London.
Ok experiance, we were reminded several times that they had just returned after being closed for holidays.
It was our second visit and I wasn’t aware of the ‘only tasting menu “experience”’ until we got there.
Companion is allergic to nuts and shellfish, and for that reason there were few different courses comparing to our neighbors.
Venison dish was fabulous and so was the sole.
Sadly few courses were underwhelming for a £300+ bill.
I always find it a special occasion to eat at Hedone.. the tasting menu is delicious and eclectic.
Service is wonderful and unobtrusive. Wouldn't call it quick though-- but then again, the food is being prepared individually... I love and admire this restaurant.
Satisfied, but the location is really far away from the city centre. Environment, service and food are all good, but is not really worthy to go so far for this. My friend and I did not really enjoy the pigeon dish which was not fully cooked and just felt a bit too red to eat.
Faultless! World class! Simply the best meal I’ve had in ages and the wine pairing was superb.
Wonderful food and service and great atmosphere.
Every course was delicious
Wonderful meal. Took 40GBP taxi out from hotel, and it was totally worth it. Setting was very serene, and not overdone. The wines, food and service were all ideal. Not inexpensive, but good value for those who are seeking a special meal.
Food was as good as you expect from a Michelin star, but nothing more. A bit more pricey than most.
Service was good but quite slow, took almost 3 hours for 8 courses
The evening started with a large truffle being put on the table. None of the staff ascertained whether we liked truffle but proceeded to try and flog is some at an extra £40!! We waited a long time for the meat course and when it came the sauce was congealed and the food lukewarm at best. A real disappointment
The taste of the food is amazing, many lay
Avoid. No ambience, tasteless food, uncomfortable chairs, lighting that feels like your under the lights at Wembley. A clear example of a restaurant designed by someone with no design finesse and food created by someone with no tastebuds. There are many exceptional London restaurants....this is not one of those.
Far too expensive for the food/dishes offered. We've been offered an extra cheese plate and an extra glass of wine that cost over £100.- for two...
For a tasting menu and the classical pairing wine then cheese, it costed £560.- for two which is far too expensive for the none very explorative, developed dishes, very safe and not that British...very disappointing to be honest.
This has been on our ‘to do’ list for a long time, pending a special occasion to justify it. On that basis we said ‘yes’ to everything - extra courses, the best wines, the full works. The food is great across 9 delicious courses and the prestige wine pairing was outstanding. But done that way with no holes barred this is a once in a lifetime experience at the very top end of any budget. This perhaps explains why we were the only guests on a Friday lunchtime, with all the pros and cons that go with that.
Excellent food and service. Well deserved spot on San Pellegrini top 100
It’s our second time to Hedone. First time was 3 years ago. We tried it because it’s listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. The first meal was inventive and there were some standout dishes. It impressed but didn’t wow. We decided to give it another go because Hedone is consistently rated highly by restaurant reviewer Andy Hayler. Given it’s in our neighborhood, we thought maybe we are missing a trick. Disappointed again. Overall it’s just not outstanding and poor value for money. We took the standard tasting menu. It was not as inventive as before, dishes err on the small side (my husband would have left hungry if not for the bread). The sweetbreads and pigeon were very tasty and well prepared. For a local fine dining option, I would choose La Trompette over Hedone. And for like for like price, I would hands down choose Claude Bosi at Bibendum, far superior to this experience in food, service and ambience.
Easily the best restaurant in London. Food is unparalleled. The entire menu is market driven, which is great but the execution appears effortless (I’m quite sure it is not). This restaurant is a must for anyone looking for world class cuisine!!!!
The restaurant and staff is truly a gift.
The service of this restaurant is quite bad.
Firstly, I am quite busy these days in lab and not able to pick up calls, they called me a week before the day I am going, and two days before, and one day before. I have never come across this when I dine at other fine dining restaurants. Secondly, they won’t mention solo diners have to sit at the counter when you make a reservation. When I got there I told them not everyone enjoy sitting at the counter with open kitchen. Then they showed their impatience and said I am the one who don’t know the rule of fine dining for solo diners. I have been to the Clove Club before, they will mention solo diners can only sit at the counter, I think this is a more polite way. Or hedone can also just ban all the solo diners like the Ledbury, which the minimum party is 2.
The food is also not good. The ingredients they used are quite common just like the stuff you can buy in tesco. Pumpkin is a widely used ingredient in winter I know. But they are not creative enough, just make it into sauce and mix it with grilled salad. The dinnerware is also just soso. They are not matched with food and can’t highlight the theme of their tasting menu. The dessert of the tasting menu is just a disaster. I am so sure that having a strawberry tart of Marks & Spencer is much joyful than having desserts in Hedone.