Hide, Ollie Dabbous’ new Mayfair restaurant, opened to the public yesterday. It’s been a long time coming. It’s been nearly six months since the restaurant was first reported to be opening — a high-profile, big money partnership between Dabbous and Hedonism Wines’ Evgeny Chichvarkin and Tatiana Fokina.
Last month the chef told Eater that he didn’t necessarily feel pressure, despite heightened expectations at a massive new (three-storey) site in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the world. He also said that, unlike the relatively short-lived Dabbous (his first restaurant), he hoped to achieve “Longevity! We want to create somewhere that will, for many years to come, be a popular and progressive destination.”
About his food he said that he had “been very self-critical,” pushing himself to “create a food offering that feels evolved from what I did previously, rather than just more of the same. I was always satisfied with what we produced at Dabbous, but I do think this is better still. Hopefully the customers will agree!”
Eater was given a first look at a selection of the new dishes — here are six of the best from what is evidently one of London’s most ambitious new kitchens.