Extraordinary new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines. Hidden…
Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to experience Hide, which is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited restaurants of 2018, a joint project between Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous.
Located at 85 Piccadilly, it enjoys incredible views over Green Park and offers a relaxed and holistic setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best, complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list.
Set over three floors, each with its own identity, all connected by a striking spiral staircase, designed by Atmos Studio and handcrafted in Poland.
Located on the ground floor, Ground – offers an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and breakfast. Here an open bakery serves freshly baked breads, cakes and viennoiseries. Reflective of Ollie Dabbous’ signature style and lightness of touch, dishes are simple, seasonal and refined with ingredients largely sourced from a close network of small farmers and suppliers from across the UK. Everything is made in-house wherever possible: from charcuterie and bread to jams, juices and pickles.
Guests choosing to eat in Above, on the mezzanine, can enjoy a tasting menu and set lunch, showcasing the very best seasonal ingredients. Served with restraint and finesse – and matching wine flights – these dishes see Ollie take his cooking to new heights.
Finally the bar Below offers a selection of Hedonism’s finest and rarest spirits, along with a cocktail menu from Oskar Kinberg.
Guests can choose their wine from Hide’s list or from the Hedonism store which currently has the largest selection in the World. Wines, some dating back to the 18th century, are available for delivery to the table within 15 minutes. And in total Hide can offer an incredible 6,800 different vintages.
Hide also offers a collection of separate private dining rooms. The Broken Room,The Shadow Room and The Reading Room are all located in subterranean vaults, serve up to six people, and offer food from Ground. The Hide and Seek Room on the mezzanine offers a private dining experience for up to 20 people, serving dishes from Above.
Taking inspiration from Green Park opposite, Hide’s striking interiors are a collaboration between Hedonism’s Evgeny Chichvarkin and Tatiana Fokina with These White Walls studio and lustedgreen architects.
The main restaurant is furnished with elongated benches, oversized cabinetry and kitchen-style furniture, each a playful take on homespun nostalgia. Hidden details are revealed to those who linger: two way mirrors open up walls and curious spirals form around sinkholes. There is even a miniature dolls house.
Above features tables that are set beside full height glazing, with views reaching beyond the busy streets of Mayfair and out into Green Park. Here a feature kitchen allows guests to catch a glimpse of the chefs at work. The finishes are more refined, delicate and elegant; the oak is white oiled, the brass less tarnished and textures are sanded back.
Finally, hidden underneath a trap door set into the stone floor at Hide’s nearby sister- establishment, Hedonism Wines, is Below. The looped footprint of this space represents a rewinding of the distillation process, from bottle back to source. Elsewhere, an extensive walk-through wine cellar is a warren waiting to be discovered.
London, W1J 7NB
REVIEW: Berkeley Bespoke | PHOTOGRAPHY: Joakim Blockstrom