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Customer reviews for Hibiscus, Oxford Circus

Hibiscus

29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London

4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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3 out of 5
Stuart Deignan
Monday, January 24, 2011


Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingHated the service! Ambience RatingThe ambience was okay

Probably best to avoid Hibiscus.

I had dinner in the private dining room with 6 friends just before Christmas. Whilst the food was great, the service from the sommelier was the worst I have experienced and verges on dishonesty.

The minor issue was the water that was provided - 7 people were charged for 19 bottles of water. I doubt that we drank nearly 3 bottles each on top of 13 bottles of wine.

However, my main gripe is what I consider to be a flagrant breach of the trust that exists between the sommelier and the host.

The wines chosen for the dinner were all priced between 74 and 90, i.e. less than 100 (with the exception of the a dessert wine at 140). Later in the evening, I asked the sommelier for some additional wines and suggested he recommended some new world wine based on the sort of wines we had been drinking so far (i.e. style and price point). I was shocked when I checked the bill and discovered the resulting wines poured for us were 160, 175 and 325. Clearly, I acknowledge that I should have asked the price before agreeing to any of the wines, but in my years in restaurants of this calibre, the sommelier has always picked up on the subtle cues around what style of wine the guest would prefer, and most importantly the amount he would like to pay.

So a good restaurant spoiled by poor management and opportunistically ripping off the guest.

5 out of 5
Tim Gill
Thursday, September 04, 2008


Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

We had a wonderful meal there on the evening of 23 July choosing the tasting menu. Claude Bosi is a talented chef who manages to creatively combine ingredients you would not expect to go together, to produce truly memorable dishes. We particularly enjoyed the ravoli of white onion and lime with caramelised onion and broad bean and mint puree. Whilst the oak smoked lamb's sweet bread with fresh goat's cheese, white onion fondue and lettuce veloute was a revelation. When our desert was brought and we were told it was a pea and mint tart with sheep's milk whey and coconut sorbet we were dubious about how it would taste; after all, peas as a desert! We needn't have been concerned. It was delicious. Through out the food was beautifully presented, The staff were professional but friendly, attentive but unobtrusive and the atmosphere was relaxed not stuffy like some Michelin places. The youthful sommelier was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The wines he suggested complemented the food superbly. At the end, a particularly nice touch was the appearance of Claude Bosi who came to ask how we had enjoyed the meal.
It was a truly, relaxed, enjoyable experience and well worth the money. We enjoyed it so much that we returned two days later for lunch which is brilliant value. Highly recommended but you do need to book.