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Hix, Soho

by Krista

Hix soho

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.

Hix soho fish fingers
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.

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Jonathan November 2, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Sold. I am dying to go here. Hix has mastered the art of posh comfort food.

Krista November 2, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Yes, wait til you see my beef & oyster pie tomorrow! So delicious. Pricey, but delicious.

LondonZest November 2, 2009 - 4:22 pm

Those fish fingers look to dir for!!! Great entry! xxx LZ

Greedy Diva November 4, 2009 - 6:18 pm

YUM! I’m all booked in for a visit to HIX Soho soon – the pie’s got my name on it….

Paul November 25, 2009 - 9:31 am

Not my experience of Hix’s by any means but glad you enjoyed it – I found it over-priced, poor food and appalling service on a Sunday lunch.

Krista November 25, 2009 - 10:55 am

Interesting! What did you have?

Paul November 25, 2009 - 3:27 pm

A very tough roast beef, pretty tasteless/bland t-bone steak, and I did not bother with dessert.
Starters failed to arrive and just v poor – felt completely ripped off and un-appreciated!

Robot December 30, 2009 - 3:31 pm

I went with a group of friends for cocktails. When we arrived, the bar was quite empty, however, it took ages to be served, and one of our drinks took half an hour to arrive. The staff were apologetic, but ‘diizy’, for want of a better word. Plus, when we left, there was a family with small children in the bar.

Having said that, the cocktails were superb, the bar snacks imaginative and tasty, plus we loved the intirior and general ambiance (minus small children!). I hope the slap dash service was merely teething troublesm as i hope to visit again.

LondonRob March 19, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Other than the fact I had chops rather than fish fingers our impressions match exactly – love it, need to go back and eat more, need to check out bar downstairs! Great blog by the way.

Krista March 19, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Thanks for dropping by, Rob! Bar downstairs is great. Definitely check it out.

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