I'd read fabulous things about both Bread and Heddon Street Kitchen so I was itching to give them a try on my next trip to London.
We booked flights to be in London for the whole of Christmas and New Year and so with the luxury of forward planning I was able to make advance bookings I managed to get a table at both restaurants.
Hendon Street is a hidden gem - literally. Its right off Regent Street but it feels like its miles away. Its busy and noisy, but there wasn't a tourist in sight when we were there. Both the street and the restaurant were bustling with friends meeting for christmas drinks, christmas parties and office groups having dinner. There was lots of laughter and fun. it definitely wasn't a quite evening, but we were warned that this would be the case when we made the reservation.
The maître d' greeted us warmly and took our coats, we were offered a choice of tables and our waiter came over promptly to offer a choice of water and give us menus. There was no problem at all with ordering tap water, which is a welcome change from restaurants in Switzerland.
I had a starter of Spicy Tuna Tartare that was amazing. I'd return again for this dish. It was quickly followed by Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Swede mash an gremolata, again an excellent dish.
Hubby had a salad starter (which was HUGHE) and a main of the HSK Short Rib Beef Burger, which he rated in his top 10 burgers ever, and since I didn't even get to try it, I'd say it was a huge success.
We didn't have dessert as the restaurant was starting to fill up and get a little noisy. Also we had a small stash of Swiss pralines at home waiting for us.
If you are looking for dinner in Central London I'd definitely recommend Heddon Street Kitchen.
I'd suggest booking in advance as it does get busy for the popular 7.30pm dinner slot.
I enjoyed everything about the evening, I'm already a big GR fan, and I loved this new more relaxed venue, I'm looking forward to going back later this month for lunch.
Hendon Street Kitchen - Website 3-9 Heddon Street London W1B 4BD 0207 592 1212
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