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you go to a wine bar you definitely expect good wine and probably just a few nice bits of cheese and charcuterie to go with it. When the wine bar is Antidote overseen by Michelin-starred chef Mikael Jonsson of Hedone, however, you can expect to find as we did: some of the best food we’ve had in London this year.

Downstairs at Antidote, which is just off Carnaby Street, is more familiar wine bar territory, a casual space where you can enjoy wines by the glass and snacks from a short menu while perched on stools. Upstairs is a more formal, though still relaxed dining room, where an a la carte menu is on offer.


Every dish we had was spot on: from a starter of red mullet and cauliflower in a sweet tomato broth to the main event, a thick slice of perfectly-pink Hereford beef. In between there was also Turbot with lovage and sea aster and to finish, caramelised black figs, whipped fresh cheese and damsons. Wine pairings with each course were all perfect, as you’d expect.

A four course tasting menu is £40 here which for the quality of food is an absolute bargain. We’ll be back very soon.

12A Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RR