Mayfair, London

Ollie Dabbous’ pitch-perfect cooking and London’s largest and most exclusive wine list combine for a venue with real clout


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Nearly five years in the making, this three-storey Mayfair restaurant was one of the biggest restaurant launches of 2018. The name is oxymoronic – for this is a place to see, and to be seen in.

The chef is Ollie Dabbous, who made his name at a rather lower-budget enterprise that was celebrated for its lack of cheffy frippery not too far away in Fitzrovia. Hide is far grander, an enormous building with a magnificent spiral staircase and a rustic but reassuringly expensive aesthetic. It is in fact three venues in one as it is home to two restaurants and a bar.

Ground is pitched as Hide’s more informal, all-day offer but the food is rather more ambitious than that description might suggest. Upstairs is occupied by Dabbous’ flagship Above, a light-filled dining room with near uninterrupted views of Green Park. There’s two tasting menus available alongside a la carte, with plenty of beautifully presented standout dishes from which to choose.

Back on the ground floor, guests can start their day at the restaurant, which serves an extensive - and very healthy - breakfast offer, while a floor beneath they can head to the bar Below for something maybe a little less healthy to end the evening on.

The restaurant is from the people behind the world’s most exclusive wine shop (it’s just down the road). Customers at Hide can peruse the entirety of Hedonism Wine’s stock by iPad. While it’s not all blow-the-budget stuff, the selection does include some of the world’s rarest and most expensive wines (bottles priced into the tens of thousands of pounds are not unusual).

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