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”.
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.
The friendliest staff matched by delicious food made for a very enjoyable experience!
One thing need to mention about don’t parking your car in the street called Kings place which next to the restaurant . It was not safely at all ! The back window of my car has been damaged, someone broken it and tried stolen my car! Even have two of CCTV in that street .
Probably the best food I have eaten over the last ten years. Increasingly hateful of ‘fine dining’, this restaurant reminds you that some kitchens are genuinely brilliant. Go there and be thrilled.
This wonderful restaurant never disappoints, excellent 7 course menu with lots of lovely extra touches and superb service. The Foie Gras crisp was sublime, as was the warm salad, each course built to a very satisfying end and the excellent and varied wine list just adds to the very delightful evening. They also unprompted brought a cake with candle for my friends birthday. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
We had the best restaurant experience thank to outstanding tasting menu created by a genius michelinne star chef and very friendly and helpful staff.
Loved it. Amazing food and equally good wine. One of the few occasions I have not resented a tasting menu....even a wine tasting menu!
Appropriately spectacular for our 10th wedding anniversary. Food exceptional, the wine pairing was superb (and I'm not normally a fan of wine pairings) and service welcoming and precise. At £500 for two it's definitely a special occasion place, but you get what you pay for!
Was recommended to Hedone by a friend, and the food definitely blew us away from the first bite, however it lost steam halfway through. Wish I was there on a higher budget (where the exchange rate isn't so brutal) so that I can take the wine pairing, but the cocktails were very well made, and the presentation of the showcase product (in our case, white truffles) was superb, albeit service being a little slow, given that only 3 people (including hostess and sommelier) were on floor with 1 behind the bar. The food was definitely a showcase of ingredients, but I wish they would use less mayo as their main sauce. Overall, a very good dining experience.
This restaurant is a joke and definetely doesn't deserve a Michelin star . I am working in hospitality and eating at Michelin star places every week to discover new ideas . The food and service are not for a fine dining restaurant that we paid for 2 people 400£ in chiswick ! Would every recommend it .
Fantastic food. A wonderful evening. The tasting menu with the wine pairing is equistite.
Liked being able to see the kitchen staff at work.
Took my husband here for his birthday. Definitely more of a special occasion place based on tasting menu or carte blanche options (no a la carte available). The food was excellent - We both agreed starters and mains were stronger than the desserts but we liked the fact that the menu differed slightly between tables depending on the availability of the ingredients. The standard of the service was very high - The staff were accommodating and knowledgable about the cooking processes and provenance of the ingredients. Would recommend.
Unexpected surprise, first Michelin star that has been fabulous in so long
An incredibly talented kitchen letting the very best of ingredients speak for themselves in an unpretentious setting.
The style of cuisine is clean, innovative and minimalist in flavour profile. Nothing fussy or overly layered. Execution is flawless and each dish is like a perfect chord made up of three or so flavours in harmony. The service was excellent being both attentive and discreet. Value wise the restaurant is very expensive and inflexible - you can't read a menu and no choices are presented. The element of surprise is fun but it's a little odd being unable to choose or customise anything whatsoever. Two dishes were extraordinary and I will remember forever: 1) a huge oyster with soy and wasabi dressing that was an umami bomb with sea spray fresness and finish that went on literally for minutes, 2) a chilled fig, white chocolate ice cream and elderflower jelly-dot dessert that left us all speechless. The flavours were ethereal in the way they combined and two of us agreed it was the best dessert we'd ever eaten. We didn't drink much wine, which by the glass was great, but by the bottle the list was ultra-premium and the middle tier of fine wines was notably sparse. If you drink big here you will spend £250 per head without even blinking.
One thing that did upset was a whole, very spindly pigeon leg and claw, replete with talons, adorning the side of a sous vide pigeon, corn and morell main dish. It had almost no meat on it and was frankly an unnecessary and stomach-churning addition and really put me off the rest of the delicious plate of food. I appreciate that the sentiment is to connect the diner very directly with each ingredient, but this was just too far.
Overall, an excellent dining experience but the claw garnish, ultra premium wine list and at times overly minimalist/unseasoned flavour profiles don't get a standing ovation from me. Try Hedone without hesitation, but Chiswick's other Michelin star restaurant is my preference.
Wonderful creative food, but price mounts up with wine pairing.