I love creative food, and having been fortunate enough to have experienced tasting menus such as Viajante's (which blew my mind) I was very excited by the prospects of what Hibiscus had to offer.
As this dinner was a special occasion and a gift to us, my partner and I took the 8 course tasting menu with wine flight, and enjoyed a glass of champagne each to start. The service and wine were impeccable and the intruding fruit fly didn’t bother us too much.
However, from the cashew nuts roasted in balsamic vinegar to the burrata with apple sorrel and raspberries, I wished I could have separated the components and enjoyed them in isolation, cleansing my palette in between. Each ingredient seemed to spoil it's accompanying ingredient, making neither of them a taste sensation. The ingredients throughout were modest; not a truffle, spoonful of caviar, piece of lobster, or an oyster in sight. Few exotic ingredients, mainly just good household ingredients, very well and imaginatively prepared, but in questionable combinations. The food was fine for a bit of fun, but when your bill comes to over £250 per head, one reflects on it a bit more seriously.
Whilst other Michelin restaurants have made us feel like monarchs, Hibiscus' menu made us feel like mugs.