Another themed spin-off from Mark Hix's stable, Hixter serves hit-and-miss dishes at high prices, a combination that leaves us unimpressed.
For starters, it sounds as if they’re still making tin boxes in the main dining room: the clattering in the huge open kitchen combined with the chattering of diners creates a proper racket. We retreated to the smaller – and quieter – dining area next door for generous dirty martinis served in tiny glasses topped up from personal mini decanters on ice, and settled in for a meal that was as hit and miss as the surroundings.
A whole roasted chicken had the requisite wow factor, and was served with tip-top fries and stuffing, but the meat was dry and stringy. The fillet steak they call a ‘Hixter Chateau’ (served rare) and sirloin (medium-rare) both missed the mark on their cooking. However, two other dishes – a starter of Armenian aubergine salad, and a side of girolle mushrooms – were perfect, the aubergines a delicate take on smoky baba ganoush, the girolles densely flavoured and springy in texture.
Hixter encourages diners to take any leftovers home with them, so we did. Downstairs, during our visit, someone also made off with the lewd signs to the art porn-decorated toilets. At these prices, they probably felt they wanted something a bit more memorable for their money.
|Venue name:||Hixter Bankside||Contact:|
16 Great Guildford Street
|Opening hours:||11.30am-midnight Mon-Sat; 11.30am-11pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Borough, Southwark or London Bridge|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100.|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
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I would agree with Steve on this - food and atmosphere is great and offers a nice place to go in an area that sadly lacks in good restaurants. chicken was tender and delicious and a great talking point with the feet still attached. Also comes with a MOUNTAIN of chips!
Have been for a couple of lunches at this venue, It's a fairly impressive setting with a contemporary art feel and the large space makes for quite a buzzing atmosphere. The whole chicken is the standout dish for me, served complete with chicken feet still attached. The waiter takes the hard work out of carving it up and the accompanying stuffing and gravy and chips round it off perfectly.I can also recommend the sharing dishes: pork scratching, corn fritters and yorkshire pudding with pigs liver pate are excellent. Only downside is the service which is a little slow and left wanting but overall would recommend this place especially in light of the lack of other good options in this particular area.
Who'd have thought a menu using manly chicken and steak could be that interesting but once again Mark Hix delivers. The food is outstanding and interesting and the steaks are first class. Mark's bar downstairs is very cool and great fun. A must for all in south London.