Hide Bar and Restaurant
Elgin set off to find fun in Fulham
of my outing to Hide in Fulham,
I dug out my 14 year old leather
trousers and just about managed to
shoehorn myself into them for the
occasion. Hide is just what Fulham
needs. Hidden away in deepest Dawes
Road, it is a funky bar and diner
which is the antithesis of all things
Sloaney. Set in a spacious L-shaped
room, there is a large, open, eclectic
feel to the place with minimalist
styling, rare groove music, squashy
mock-croc banquettes and exotic fish
we arrived at about 8pm, things were
just beginning to come to life and
I got the impression on our departure
that its clientele (who by now were
getting well and truly stuck into
the cocktail list,) were intending
on partying hard. The large bar is
a feature of the room and is where
all sorts of cocktails were being
concocted with panache and expertise;
in fact Hide is getting quite a reputation
for its cocktails alone! All are
priced at £5.50, (except champagne
based ones, at £6.00). Their signature
cocktail, Winter Daiquiri, is a blend
of aged rum, caramelised liqueur,
angostura, and flamed orange zest.
Hide is the latest edition to the
chain that began with the highly
successful, Exhibit in Balham. Now
its owners have decided to try their
recipe for success in Fulham.
at Hide is based around a sort of
tapas style experience, with dishes
reasonably priced, most around the £5.00-6.00
mark. The idea is that one can go
there and have a good bottle of wine
or a couple of cocktails, whilst
sharing a few interesting snacks
in convivial surroundings without
breaking the bank.
our food whilst still sitting comfortably
at the bar, with a plate of deep
fried whitebait & lemon mayonnaise, £4.30,
and king scallops wrapped in pancetta, £10.00.
The whitebait were crisp light and
tasty with a good lemon mayo, whilst
the scallops were exquisite, melted
in the mouth and were totally tender
and moist, the pancetta giving an
added bite to the whole experience.
we choose a bottle of Rioja Monte
Real Bodegas 1997, priced at £20.00.
After allowing it to breathe for
a while a smoky, spicy flavour came
through whilst the subtle tannins
complemented our food nicely. Nothing
on the list is over £25.00 a bottle
with the house wines starting at
a very reasonable £12.50.
to a table opposite in a cosy enclave
complete with fish tank, thinking
it would be the perfect place to
commandeer for a small party. For
our main courses we began with some
spare ribs in honey and ginger sauce, £5.30,
which were a little too sweet for
my palate, but my guest certainly
liked their oriental flavour. This
was followed by some very good chorizo
sausage served with a red wine sauce
at £4.80, superb roasted baby potatoes
with garlic and rosemary, £2.80,
and a very fresh and crunchy French
bean salad and feta cheese salad
with balsamic dressing, (£4.30/£6.50).
were plenty of other tempting things
on offer, including charcuterie and
pickles, £5.30, king prawn tempura
with sweet chilli dip, £5.80, and
crispy duck salad, £4.90/£7.50 and
butternut squash and spinach risotto, £3.80.
were very limited, consisting only
of two, both priced at £4.50, crème
brulée, and chocolate fudge brownie
with vanilla ice cream. Although
both sounded rather heavy, my guest,
being a huge crème brulée fan just
had to try one! He gave it 5/10,
commenting it was a little too sweet
and a bit stodgy. His double espresso
got about the same marks but then
he likes them very strong and dark!
Our bill came in at £70.00 for the
two of us and included four highly
refreshing gin and tonics.
is served from noon till 4pm on Saturday
and Sunday and again is fairly priced.
Comfort food is on offer: roast beef
with all the trimmings for £10.50,
or a stew of beef, lamb or game.
Various ways with eggs included Benedict,
Florentine, and scrambled with smoked
salmon, all at around £5.50 a plate.
Hide is a bit like a bottle of quality
red wine, which gradually comes to
life, showing its full personality.
The choice of dishes is good and
the reasonably priced wine and cocktails
makes it an affordable night out.
One can arrive casually dressed or
in a city suit and feel equally at
home. The staff are very friendly
and efficient and we left saying
we must return soon. You can't say
fairer than that!
Elgin March 2004
Bar & Restaurant
125 Dawes Road London SW6 Tel 020 7385-8936