At rhubarb we are always on the lookout for the newest restaurant openings, latest trends and exciting new venues. In our 'Out and About' feature we share where we’ve been dining out this month…
Hide is the new restaurant from chef Ollie Dabbous in collaboration with Hedonism wines, located by Green Park. Spanning three floors, the new opening includes two restaurants and a wine bar and is anticipated to be one of the year’s hottest new restaurant launches. Dabbous, rose to fame for his first restaurant Dabbous in 2012, which fast became one of London's busiest restaurants and was awarded a Michelin star before closing in 2017 to open Hide.
Dabbous describes his food as entirely product-driven, taking the best ingredients and highlighting the qualities that people love in them in the most organic and restrained manner. The result is a menu of food that is light, elegant and pure with layers of attention to detail that Hide describes as elevating the good into great and the great into the sublime.
Katie Harel, rhubarb’s Marketing Director visited the restaurant to trial its lunch menus and gave it a glowing review with the crab tart claiming the title for 'the most delicious thing eaten in 2018'.
Immediately impressed by the beautiful interiors, Katie described the central wooden staircase as a thing of dreams. The magnificence of the staircase was matched by an equally fine wine list – a whopping 70 pages long and covering a broad spectrum of prices, with one magnum priced at close to £12,000 (!). Whilst Katie didn't quite get around to sampling this bottle (maybe next time…) she made good headway with the food; the starters all so appealing that mains were skipped in favour of an abundant selection of small plates to snack on. Ricotta and black olive Agnolotti was described as ‘epic’, the scallops 'heavenly' and the Cornish mackerel with iced eucalyptus a dish dramatic in aesthetic which didn't disappoint on flavour – 'a must order'. The highlight of the menu was undoubtedly the crab tart; the pastry described as perfection with a genius combination of crab, lime and kaffir, topped with elderflower.
To finish Katie enjoyed acorn cake served with smoked caramel, Cornish clotted cream and guest's choice of liqueur. Perhaps not one to try if you’re trying to watch what you eat, but described by Katie as worth 'every living calorie'.
Visit: Hide restaurant