Chef Ollie Dabbous has revealed more details about his eagerly-awaited, forthcoming restaurant project — called Hide — which he will open this April in partnership with Hedonism Wines at 85 Piccadilly, opposite Green Park, in Mayfair.
Together with investor (and owner of the property in which Hide will live) Evgeny Chichvarkin and Dabbous want to create “a relaxed and holistic setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best, complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list,” an announcement said today.
About the new opening, Dabbous said: “Evgeny was one of our regulars at Dabbous and even did a day in the kitchen, so it’s been a fun collaboration. I am also excited to finally get a walk-in fridge! People were surprised that I closed Dabbous, but I hope once we open HIDE, they will soon understand why that decision was taken.” Dabbous was lauded when it opened in 2012 — Evening Standard critic Fay Maschler awarded it a then-rare five star review, calling it a game-changer. “Five stars is reserved for when a place comes along that changes the game,” she wrote.
The new restaurant will operate over three floors, with three discreet dining areas: On the ground floor, Ground will offer breakfast, an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, and afternoon tea. Dabbous’ signature light style will inform “simple, seasonal and refined” assemblies. An open plan bakery will offer baked breads, cakes and viennoiseries (pastries.)
On the mezzanine, the restaurant’s second space will be reffered to as Above. It is from here that Dabbous will prepare dishes understood to be most in line with his cooking at his now-closed eponymous site in Fitzrovia: tasting menus and set lunches. Here, the announcement says, Dabbous will “take his cooking to new heights.”
Finally, the bar — Below — will offer a selection of Hedonism’s finest and rarest spirits, along with a cocktail menu from Oskar Kinberg, Dabbous’ partner and former operator of Oskar’s Bar at the original restaurant.
Guests will be able to choose wines either from Hide’s own list or from the Hedonism shop, around the corner on Davies Street, which reportedly currently holds “the largest selection in the world.” Private dining rooms, serving either restaurant dishes or feasting menus will be available to book for parties ranging between four and 20.
The announcement says that HIDE’s interiors have taken inspiration from Green Park, which the restaurant restaurant overlooks; a collaboration between Hedonism’s owners, Chichvarkin and Tatiana Fokina with These White Walls studio and Lustedgreen architects.
Fokina said: “Creating a restaurant felt like a natural progression given our love of food and wine. It’s great to be teaming up with another independent company to create something heartfelt to us and unique to the neighbourhood.”
Hide will be a seven-day-a-week operation, open from 7.30am in the morning until 1am the next.