Meal was excellent and original. They beautifully accommodated our food preferences and intolerances.
However, dinner was way too long. We had selected the 7 plates option after discussing with them the expected length of time for a 10 dish meal. We explained that after arriving at 7:30pm we did not want to the meal to take 4 hours... which is exactly what happened.
My husband and I went to Hedone restaurant for my birthday and were extremely disappointed.
Both of us agree we felt unwelcome and given the cost of such a meal, expected at least to feel they wanted us to enjoy the experience. We had a variety of different servers, one course not even explained and were made to feel that we inconvenienced the waitress when we requested this information. The sommelier obviously had better things to do than discuss the wine he was serving.
I have eaten here a few times before and I will not be eating here again.
By far and away best restaurant I have ever found in outer West London. No surprise perhaps when it features in world top 50 restaurants listings. My wife and I really enjoyed tasting menu with matched wines and a truffle dish as an extra.
Fantastic food , ordered 4 course lunch and was offered additional 3 free taste menu starter and 1 chocolate tray which brings the total to 8 dishes for £45 which is great value. Wine list was great too and will definitely go back for more ... great experience overall.
The canapés were stunning and amusing. However, It may be my personal opinion but bread should be warm when it served and Sweet bread was too fatty to eat. It wasn't pleasant flavour at all. Also, there was a missing component on one of our friend's dish. Except that thing, it was overall good and interesting meal journey.
Absolulety outstanding dining experience - Thanks for a fantastic dinner!
We had a spectacular 3-hour meal of ten courses which started off with explosions of flavor in the amuses bouche. Beet root crisp wrapped around a fois gras mousse, the sweetest, freshest scallops I've ever tasted, the best, most cloud-like sweetbreads and a reimagined lemon meringue tart that transported you to Amalfi were paired with a perfectly balanced chassagne-montrachet recommended by the sommelier. Flavors were delicate and the ingredients vibrating with freshness. We finished off with two glasses of an important Loire red that would (in any other restaurant) not be considered to be served by the glass in the remotest of fantasies. Socks: properly knocked off.
These guys are passionated and know how to do to make you remember your dinner. Amazing food, amazing wines, relax and sophisticated a the same time. I strongly recommend.
Another amazing experience at Hedone. The flavours, texture, taste... everything is well balanced and very interesting in the mouth. The crab was one of the best crab dish I have ever had... Little gem hidden in Chiswick.
Excellent in every way, food innovative and service perfect.
Amazing evening with great food and excellent wine pairing. Attentive service and good fun watching the action in the kitchen from the bar. Well worth a visit for a treat.
Food overall was a bit disappointing (in general under seasoned - needed salt). Bit cheeky being asked to pay more for truffle on one of the dishes half way through the meal (either the dish needs truffle or it doesn't and certainly shouldn't be charged more for it when already paying a lot for the meal).
The food was incredible and we loved the relaxing environment.
great experience, it's not the average dishes you remember its the awesome ones (true of life really), but I had to get up at four in the morning and have some toast because I was left hungry. Cost of goods should not be limiting for the ethereal-ness that they provided.
Mikael and his team were fantastic and so hospitable. Very passionate about just cooking with what is fresh that day! Thanks
We have been to 3 star restaurants that didn’t have this kind of extremely high level on EVERYTHING that is served. Everything from bread to meat is of the outmost highest class. This topped with excellent service and value for money, we would say that this restaurant is the best in the world!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I probably don’t need to say more. The only disappointment was that the dessert was chocolate, which is a bit predictable (and I don’t like chocolate - I know, I’m weird) whereas the rest of the menu was certainly not boring. Very, very expensive but a real experience.
Location is not exactly great, a bit further away from Central London but the food was wonderful. We had a 10-course tasting menu over lunch time. It was such a joy and relaxing lunch. However, I expect it would be rather busy over dinner.
Went there with my boyfriend when he was in training in London. Very homie and farm to table style. The balance of creativity and natural taste of food materials was lit.
A small restaurant, with nicely spaced tables, almost half of which will have a view of (part of) the kitchen. Only two menu choices (7-course or 10-course): tasting menus, also two wine pairing options. We (three) went for 7-course, and cheaper wine-pairing - which, together with a pre-dinner drink, optional extra cheese course, and post-dinner coffee, was a very satisfying experience. The staff were very friendly, and the timings between courses just right. The home-made bread was excellent, and we were even given a loaf to take home. The food was tasty, well-presented, but without being too fussy, and carefully described when the course was served (not written anywhere). Overall it was perhaps not as good value as other restaurants of the same calibre, but definitely worth a visit
Highly recommend Carte Blanche + the prestige wine paring. The best in London.
Amazing food art..... You have to be prepared to spend quite some time at this restaurant... Food comes out slowly... We were there just shy of 4 hours.... Overall I have nothing but praise... However this is not a food experience you would so regularly.... I would say give it a go
A lovely place to eat wonderful food, great service and very relaxed. We had the tasting menu and had the pleasure of sitting next to the pass so could see the food prepared for service and very surprised at how quiet it all was. Not cheap but you wouldn’t expect it to be, albeit we did over indulge on the wine which was very good and the owner talked us through the choices and even rejected one bottle as it was corked
It’s the best - book and be surprised
Very nice dining on the Chiswick High Street with a tasting menu that changes daily (no a la carte available) - A menu that they are quite at pains to explain. Quite expensive but very well prepared, simple looking but elaborately prepared, delicious, food by a small army of chefs in an open kitchen. Can get a bit noisy with the wood floor and the frosted front windows make it feel a bit claustrophobic.
My friend and I had been to Hedone before, and decided to return and try the ‘7 Course Tasting Lunch Menu with Wine Pairing’. We were very disappointed with the food, service and atmosphere, second time round!
The service was brusque, verging on rude, especially the small female waitress with large glasses. We left one course uneaten, and we were subjected to condescending comments when the plates were cleared.
From that point onwards, the staff attitude was frosty. We felt the food was bland and under-seasoned, the main lamb dish was luke warm, and the waitress forgot to serve us our first two amuse-bouche dishes, which are part of the tasting menu.
When we were paying, we brought this up with the headwaiter who was unapologetic. We were so shocked at this attitude as our bill came to more than £325 for 2 people.
The difference between our first visit, and our last visit, is vast. Our first visit to Hedone was an uplifting experience, our return visit was a depressing experience and will be our last.
Amazing beetroot, and seaweed pudding. Really creative dishes with original taste.
The Hedone experience gets 5 stars from me. Great conversations with Chef. Enthusiastic and warm service. A relaxed, intimate setting. Inventive food. A different menu every night. Clever, not fussy. Brilliant wine pairings. One of the very best fine dining experiences in London.
Ordered the carte blanche menu at £ 135 on Dec 17.
Food was executed well and consistent, but conservative. I struggle to remember much about any dish for good or ill. I think the chef may be playing it too safe. Value is okay. I think for a 10 course the price isn’t out of the norm. Cooking is very accessible for those not familiar with fine dining. Dessert and petite fours, I got the impression were more of an afterthought and forgettable.
Service is pretty bad. Pacing is inconsistent with lengthy delays. Much of the staff aren’t educated about the food. When I asked what pidgeon was served, one of the servers had no idea and no inclination to check. The shorter lady with glasses banged into my stool and didn’t say anything. Chef is nice only to select customers who get wine. It was kinda unethical to pour bottle water, not mention it would cost extra, and then charge for it at the end. I’m not concerned about the price but didn’t appreciate the gesture.
Ambiance is sterile and tense. Sitting at the counter, kitchen staff seem really stressed out and not really having fun. I don’t usually like loud music but it was a bit weird having none at all.
Overall this was my least positive fine dining experience this year, even though the food was decent enough.
Great service, very Nice dining area, stunning food
Really surprised about the quality of the food especially with all the other raving reviews. £240 for 2 people and only one drink and very disappointed by the food. Wasn’t fresh. Sauces bland. The macaron at the end was so hard it tasted like a week old! Place is lovely such a shame. Started off well with the snacks and just went progressively bad. The desserts were also sickenly sweet. Wish we could have loved it as we were so looking forward to it.
First of all I must commend the chef and restaurant for very good ingredients and ingenious preparation. We ate somethings that I've never tried before (sea plankton powder 'tofu') and some dishes were outstanding both for the provenance of the produce and their execution.
However, we were let down by a pushy sommelier who upsold us a white truffle addition to the menu (£40pp) which was unnecessary, ludicrously overpriced and did nothing to add to the meal. He also recommended a glass of really indifferent red wine (ignoring my request for a Pinot Noir) and without telling me the price - I left most of mine.
I ordered a good bottle of white - however at £80 it was near the bottom of the list - there is little choice below £60 per bottle and the majority are £120 and upwards.
Total bill was well over £500 and at that price point was totally unjustifiable given how uncomfortable I'd started to find the evening. At this level (of expectation and expense) the food, whilst critical, is one element in an overall experience. This is not one that I will likely repeat or could recommend to friends. You can do much better elsewhere in London and indeed in Chiswick at half (or less) the cost.
We did also Pollen Street Social (not recommended) and Clove Club (great) this week, but Hedone was easily the best! Really a fantastic tasting menu, and most impressive was that the chef came to our table at the beginning and discussed what we liked and said "ok, we won't do that today" which made us wonder what we would get instead, but during the 3,5 hours spent at Hedone, we saw plenty of courses at the other tables that were not the same as we had. We talked with the chef about it again in the end and he told us that if we would be back tomorrow we would not get a single course the same. Wow!
Best course was a crab. I honestly don't even like crab, but this was fantastic and made me reevaluate crab. Asking the chef about it, he explained that it needs to be really fresh and told us about how he gets the crabs delivered, and later in the evening there actually came a delivery of crabs caught the same day.
This was a clear favourite for us. Fantastic food, nice environment, great staff. We will come back.
The atmosphere and service were second rate. The food whilst tasty was pretentious and definitely not worth the £200+ per head.
Very very impressive food. The attention to detail was incredible. They also catered extremely we for my wife who is gluten, dairy and egg intolerant and always eager to explain to ensure the best experience is preserved.
Certianly not a meal I could afford one a month but splashing out once in a while.
Excessively overpriced, I'm afraid it was amongst my worst experiences in London. Not recommended to anyone
A spartan feel to a very empty restaurant with only 2 tables occupied when I entered at 1.30pm.
We opted for the tasting menu and paired wines which perhaps in retrospect was a mistake.Head Chef Johnsson seemed an appallingly stand-offish character displaying neither enthusiasm nor creativity. For the most part his dishes were bland and unappealing and apart from the surprise glass of Banyuls the wines were mediocre at best. Visually all dishes were beautifully presented but lacked taste. For a restaurant in the boonies, i.e. deepest Chiswick
this restaurant is dreadful value for money .
Restaurant extremely quiet, no atmosphere no music no background noise it was so quiet we felt awkward talking. Food not great, fish slightly over cooked a couple of times, crab was sensational however. No one said bye to us as we left there was no staff to be seen. A slightly odd experience and not a very enjoyable one
Culinary Excellence, without seemingly effort
We chose the 10 course taster menu with wine pairings, the optional truffle course & cheese.
Simply put it’s probably the best meal I’ve ever had, each course brought with it a new wonderful surprise and cornucopia of beautiful smells & flavours .
Each dish was marvellous well executed, the ingredients well chosen for seasonality and clearly the finest available. Staff were incredibly knowledgeable on the every detail of every ingredient and wine pairings were spot on.
The restaurant has a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere, it’s fairly small (less than 30 covers), which you rarely see in Michelin star restaurants, more’s the pity. Also being in the same room as the kitchen was really nice, not noisy at all.
As always perfect.