Hillside has always delivered delicious and thought-provoking dining and from September 2018 the menu will take a new turn, becoming entirely meatless. This change unfortunately came after our assessment period, thus ruling it out of the running to be scored for this year’s list. But we’ve been impressed by the seasonally driven approach of chef-owner Asher Boote (pictured) and his ability to create unexpected and intriguing dishes bestowing star status on hitherto underrated vegetables. Turning the spotlight on the humble carrot, a recent dish took an earthily sweet-roasted carrot infused with coffee grounds, a lime-tempered carrot and kaffir puree to nuance the sweetness and a crisp and salty angel-hair potato wrapped baby carrot. With that as an example there’s every reason to believe that the new menu will be both creative and exciting.

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