Creative fine French
Claude Bosi's 2 star Michelin restaurant on Maddox Street really needs no introduction any more, it is regarded as one of the top fine dining restaurants in London and has just reached new heights by coming 5th in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015, scoring a 9/10. As I am a big fan of Hibiscus, I felt it has been far too long since I last visited so I grabbed a few foreign friends to showcase to them what high level French food is like in London.
|mango foie gras|
I was on a budget so we went for the OpenTable offer at £55 for 4 courses instead of the tasting menu, My pork pie ravioli was a very interesting dish, the seasoning was bang on and the ravioli itself was finely made, the broad beans had a lovely silky and crisp texture. My main of stuffed corn fed chicken was a real delight, the playful elements of crayfish and tarragon worked beautifully with the super moist chicken leg, lots of unfamiliar flavours but the taste cannot be questioned. When you know a restaurant can turn chicken into an exquisite dish, you know your are in a special place.
|pork pie ravioli, broad beans and dried pickled eggs|
|cured var salmon, celery, strawberry, wasabi|
|stuffed corn fed chicken, crayfish, tarragon and lettuce|
|poached Cornish cod, a la "Grenobloise"|
|olive oil parfait, mango and kaffir lime|
Dinner at Hibiscus is always a very memorable experience, what I love about it is the very creative touch of using unexpected combinations of ingredients with tremendous end results. To truly appreciate the exceptional taste of Hibiscus, tasting menu is definitely the way to go, but Opentable's offer gives you a good insight of the type of cooking you would experience in Hibiscus at a reasonable price.
What I paid:
£70 per head with 1 glass of wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
£35 lunch menu
£120 tasting menu
29 Maddox St, London, Greater London W1S 2PA