High hopes for Japanese inspired secret treasure
When booking at Simon Denton's reinvention, Hihou, I was surprised to receive instructions along with a confirmation. "Upon arrival, ring the bell and a staff member will greet you at the door."
As I veered up the stairs to the first floor bar and dining room, the charm of this hidden (not for long) haunt was evident. The space that occupied Denton's former Verge restaurant was no more.
Window side seats enabled a tree lined vista of Treasury Gardens while a row of shoes standing idly at the back alluded to crossed legged (floor) dining. Take note for group bookings.
Eat: The menu, origami presented, is more bar snacks than restaurant dining. Try the Hihou hotdog, it's a must as is the scallop served on shiitake mushroom, chilli miso edamame and king fish ceviche.
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Drink: For that taste of Lost In Translation, we order a chilled (apple infused) sake, with notable warm and aged varieties also available.