Hide - A Great Find (London)

http://www.85piccadilly.co.uk/restaurant

So good we ate here 3 days in a row - twice for breakfast, and once for dinner. The restaurant is by chef Ollie Dabbous (of his acclaimed but defunct eponymous restaurant) and the man behind Hedonism wines.

The decor and relaxed atmosphere are beautiful. Your eyes fixate to the sweeping oak staircase (which still smells of nice oak). It leads upstairs to Hide Above, a tasting menu-only restaurant for both lunch and dinner, and downstairs to Hide Below, an impressive bar with even Ichiro’s The Joker and such. The real treat is the hidden rooms, but more on that later.

We ate 3 times at Hide Ground, which does all meals - a superb breakfast (full English and the like, but also a fantastic French toast, homemade juices, Viennoiserie, etc), and a very nice lunch and dinner service, too. Sicilian red prawns, aged duck, turbot with roasted bones and lemon verbena sauce and golden ossetra caviar, etc. All Mariage-Frères teas with some nice caneles, etc. They even have an afternoon tea (in which we did not partake - we tried Claridge’s, The Ritz, and The Savoy…Claridge’s was our favorite).

We didn’t get to eat at Hide Above but the menu is ostensibly a bit more forward.

I don’t know of any other restaurant that executes at such a smooth level from breakfast through dinner. The breakfast is great, the product is strong, the dishes are very polished (a shoe-in for a 1* for Hide Ground), and the space is both impressive and relaxed. For a moment, you forget you’re on Piccadilly. Service was great throughout.

I’ll stop by here every time in London. I really wish we had something like this in the States; I just don’t know of it.

Some of our meals:
Turbot with sauce of roasted bones and lemon verbena, sea aster, caviar
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Red Sicilian prawns with bouillon of roasted shells, fragrant herbs, dill, celery
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Salmon cooked over cedar, with leek vinaigrette and herb butter
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Strawberry Millefuille
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Warm acorn cake, smoked caramel and rum poured tableside, Cornish clotted cream
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Mariage Freres teas - our favorite was Milky Bleu
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Caneles with bourbon cherries
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Breakfast
Mango with tarragon, lime zest, and micro basil
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“French toast” - excellent
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Banana bread with smoked maple butter
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Full English (subbed out black pudding) - really good.
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Jam for the brioche toast - apricot infused with Mariage Freres “the sur le nil”
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smoked eel omelette with frisee
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Viennoiserie
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Cellar goals, by Hedonism Wines (pretty expansive, gimme the other wall of Coche!)
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Hide Below
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Hide Above
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View of Ground
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“The Reading Room” private dining with vintage cookbook origami
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Hi, @BradFord. Is this the kind of place where one should make a reservation for breakfast or dinner (for Hide Ground)?

Dinner, yes. However, I was able to make a same day res no problem, though it was quite full even at 9:30pm.

Breakfast, a res is not necessary. I recommend at least visiting Hide once, even if just for breakfast. The French toast, Mango, the Full English, and some nice homemade juices (I liked apple and marigold) or Mariage Freres teas; can’t go wrong. Also, breakfast isn’t terribly expensive.

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Thanks for the info. I was thinking breakfast would be nice b/c we’re not in London for long (so might be occupied w/ activities at other times of the day), and I really like french toast and the Full English.

I assume Noble Rot might be okay for walk ins at dinner if it’s a wine bar?

Believe it or not, I’m all about the baked beans! That and their “bacon” (since I like ham more than bacon)… :slight_smile:

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Me too…on both counts.

I heartily recommend both Hide and Noble Rot

Absolutely.

Yep, a no brainer! Note, since Hide is quite new, not all Black Taxi drivers knew of it - just say “85 Piccadilly, right across Green Park.”

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