66-70 Brewer Street
Date of Last Visit: Saturday, October 24
The Victims: Feathers, Jen
The Damage: £20ish each. I think I owe Jen money.
The Background: The longer I write this blog, the shorter my reviews. Sometimes I'm sorry about that, but then I think, "But really, I don't have that much time. I should be doing laundry. Or something." So let me cut right to the chase…I like Hix. A lot. (You'll see this even more when you read my blog tomorrow, Tuesday.) I have to tell you that now, upfront, such is the hugeness of my current passion for the Hix empire and their very British, very delicious creations.
Let me also note, however, that visiting Hix at 4 p.m. on a Saturday probably didn't lend itself to a typical experience. You see…Hix was empty. REALLY empty. Like only one other table full when we walked in. Maybe four tables full when we walked out.
Why lunch at 4 p.m.? Well, I was jet-lagged and had slept til 11 and my internal clock was very mixed up. Oh, and we wanted to swing by Anthropologie before it closed, and Hix was a super-convenient place to dip into before shopping.
The Entrance: Hix has a big door. I should have taken photos of said door, but I didn't. You'll have to visit for yourself and see. You also can't see into Hix because of its frosted glass windows. So while I was waiting for Jen out front and across the road, I saw person after person gingerly approach the restaurant, stare at the menu, waver in front of the door…and leave. Many people, it seems, fear the unknown.
Not me and Jen. We waltzed right in.
The Food: Fish fingers for me! With mushy peas. And chips. I know…it's just basic comfort food, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. And the fish fingers were pretty awesome. Great breading. The mushy peas were some of the best mushy peas I've ever had in my entire life…and normally, I don't die over mushy peas. And the chips! Proper chips. Wrapped in old menu. Very good.
The Service: Lovely, really. But then again, we were one of their only tables.
The Cocktail Menu: A bit esoteric, perhaps? This isn't a bad thing…it just means it will take you forever to choose your cocktail.
The Wines: Available by the carafe!
The Cocktail Bar Downstairs: Very cool looking. Must return for this alone.
Interesting: The beef and oyster pie was a quid or two more here than it was at Hix Oyster and Chop House.
The Verdict: Love it. Love it. Love it.