Flavour of the Week: Antidote
This week, we take a trip to inventive Carnaby Street wine haven Antidote
- By Jon Hawkins -
What's the draw
Michael 'Hazel' Hazlewood (remember that name) has taken the helm at Antidote's restaurant, located above the Soho winebar of the same name, and the cooking – and refreshingly uncluttered, airy space – is bang on.
What to drink
With a bar dedicated to serving biodynamic and organic wines underneath, you'd expect a lot from Antidote's drinks list – and you'd be right to. Our highlight was Josmeyer's Mise du Printemps pinot blanc 2014 from the Alsace, which, despite the rain outside, was a delicate, floral taste of spring (and I'm pretty sure we finished off their last bottle – sorry about that).
What to eat
The tasting menu (£40 per head), which changes daily, is a four-course showcase of Hazle's kitchen philosophy: high-quality, interesting produce combined with a touch that's clever without being clever. Turbot – cooked on the bone and served off it – came with lovage and sea aster, while the star turn was grouse, the breast so beautifully rare it can barely have been in the same country as the pan.
Wine and three courses for two: around £100. 12A Newburgh Street, W1F 7RR; antidotewinebar.com