Hibiscus

Price guide: Expensive

29 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PA

Price guide: Expensive

Hibiscus interior

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#35 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Special occasions

Expert review of Hibiscus

Whenever I eat Claude Bosi’s food I feel it’s the most interesting thing I’ve had in ages.

Chefs in the know reckon Lyon-born Claude Bosi has the skill and talent to make it all the way to three Michelin stars – he currently has two for this genteel Mayfair dining room with bargain set lunch.

Food and drink: 

Bosi’s mind and palate are clever indeed, capable of matching mutton with a crust of fresh walnuts and sauce of coffee and almond milk, yet refreshingly free of scientific pretensions. Respectably produced British ingredients are highlighted but dish names only hint at the kitchen’s experimental techniques (how do you smoke blackcurrant purée, for instance?). Vegetarians are offered their own very appealing menu, and the wine list is more open-minded about New World wines than you might expect from a Frenchman’s business.

Ambience: 

The oak-panelled room is elegant rather than intimate – although neighbouring tables are close enough to strike up a conversation.

Service: 

Highly skilled with all the traditional fine dining courtesies, most of the time.

Location: 

Close to the luxury shopping streets of Mayfair and an easy walk from Oxford Circus.

Price advice: 

The three-course lunch menu is £29.50, or £38 with glass of wine, coffee and petit fours included. Both are great deals when you consider the tasting menu is £95 a head, and the main menu £75 for three courses.

More information on Hibiscus:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Modern
Address:
29 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PA
Telephone:
020 7629 2999
Website:
http://www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sat 6pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Hibiscus? Would you recommended it?