Hibiscus first opened its doors in Ludlow, Shropshire in 2000 and within three years had achieved two Michelin stars. In 2007 Hibiscus upped sticks and moved to the bright lights of central London, and is today nestled in amongst some of Mayfair's finest restaurants. Located only a short walk (or tube ride) away from some of London's most iconic landmarks and just around the corner from busy Oxford Street and theatres such as the London Palladium, you’d be hard pressed to find a better, more central spot within the capital.
The food on the menu at Hibiscus perfectly epitomises Claude Bosi's cuisine, showcasing British ingredients with his classic yet modern French finesse – think Cornish turbot served with a Marchand de Vin sauce or Black pudding of Scottish hare accompanied by roasted Chantecler apple. The menu is often avant-garde and intriguing, with some surprising flavour combinations such as a dessert of Olive oil, mango, lime and black olive. If you’re looking for something more familiar, however, you can opt for the more well-known flavours of sticky toffee, tiramisu and passion fruit, as well as the obligatory artisanal French cheeses.
Only the finest produce is used to create these dishes, with the restaurant searching out the best suppliers including legendary cheesemaker Bernard Antony. The menu is also constantly evolving with the seasons, so don't be surprised if it has all changed by the time you come to book your table.
If you can’t choose, there are plenty of tasting menus, including the Surprise Tasting Menu, Eight-Course Tasting Menu and 15th Year Anniversary Tasting Menu. There is also an à la carte dining menu with accompanying wine flight. The wine is certainly an integral part of the Hibiscus experience, with Claude Bosi, head sommelier Bastien Ferreri and wine consultant Isabelle Legeron MW hand-picking a delectable and diverse assortment of classical and natural wines. The three-course lunch menu, which includes half a bottle of wine, coffee and petits fours, is an affordable option ideal for a pre-theatre meal or when you’re after a break from the bustling shops of nearby Oxford Street.
The restaurant was refurbished in 2013 to give the space a more contemporary feel. The walls are now covered in pale white oak panelling to create an airy, spacious environment filled with light that dances across the ceiling from the room’s many chandeliers. This modernist design extends throughout the main restaurant all the way to the private dining room, mirroring that sense of elegance and refinement derived from the passion-filled, modern French cuisine that characterises Hibiscus and its chef.