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Hide Ground

Restaurants, Contemporary European Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
Hide Ground

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The larger ground floor restaurant at Hide, where the menu is à la carte.

Ground is the street-level space (well, obvs) of super-chef Ollie Dabbous’s Michelin-starred restaurant-and-bar complex Hide. Here, the menu is à la carte. And the look is the inverse of Above. It’s still sleek and designer-y, but it’s also three times the size, and has a distinctly masculine vibe: think man cave meets hotel brasserie. Again, the walls are floor-to-ceiling glass, meaning you can people-watch the punters of Piccadilly (though they can also gawp at you as they wander past).

The food is every bit as divine. And still comes with a spot of theatre, like nitro-frozen scallop tartare served over eucalyptus leaves in a swirling mist of dry ice. This, and a crisp-edged crab tartlet, proved a pair of unimpeachable starters. Lamb came served three ways and with a pour-at-the-table caper-spiked jus so good you’ll want to drink it from the jug. Do not miss the warm, buttery acorn cake, baked in a teeny pot, which comes with a choose-your-own-booze for pouring.

The staff, meanwhile, are chatty and charming. They’re just as savvy as upstairs, just a tad more lovable. It’s only on value for money it’s a let-down. Portions are small, so before you know it, your bill will be huge. Overall, it’s less of a special occasion spot than Above, though a tad more flexible.

Hide Ground says
Hide Ground is the hearth of the restaurant, providing nourishment and comfort. Shelter from the bustling world outside and let us look after you.

Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, a sizeable a la carte menu showcases the very best seasonal offerings, largely sourced from a close network of small farmers and suppliers from across the UK.

Everything is made in-house wherever possible: from charcuterie and bread to jams, juices and pickles.

Attentive but informal, simple but sophisticated.


Address: 85 Piccadilly
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £210.
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