Hixter Bankside

Restaurants , Grills Southwark
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Another themed spin-off from Mark Hix's stable, Hixter serves hit-and-miss dishes at high prices, a combination that leaves us unimpressed.

Enough. We’re fans of Mark Hix’s restaurants, but such diversifications as his FishDog van, private dining on a Routemaster bus and sharing dishes of chicken and steak have increasingly left us cold. While the last concept worked reasonably well at the boozy, noisy and fun-filled Tramshed in Shoreditch, it’s less successful in this second Hixter restaurant, located in a former tin box factory behind Tate Modern.

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:
Address: 16 Great Guildford Street
London
SE1 0HS
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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Yilly P
tastemaker

Came here for drinks with work colleagues for a special occasion. Staff were friendly and helpful - from organising an area for us, to arranging a drinks tab and preordering drinks and nibbles for our arrival. It's wasn't overcrowded and there was a great atmosphere! Overall a great evening had by all.

Chris
Tastemaker

We go here often for a lunchtime work treat - the £9.95 lunch menu is great value with huge portions of burgers and sandwiches. The service is quick and the atmosphere is relaxed. There is a slightly bizarre video screen of a lady rubbing her boobs in the gents' toilets, but I'm assured it's art and not a hideously macho attempt at being postmodern. 

Laura H

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! 

stephen j

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.

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

We came for a birthday dinner in a group. We waited to be seated in the stunning and plush cocktail bar downstairs. It wasn't cheap but the atmosphere is fantastic. Staff were pleasant although the service was a little slow at times. Between 6, we shared the porterhouse steak and a whole chicken to share. The steak was sublime. The chicken was a show stopper but the meat was a little dry. For dessert I had the apple and bramble pie - it was a winner.  

ronnie m

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.

Seb F

the best team in town looking after you and consistently great food -

Angela L
Tastemaker

Booked ahead as it was for Sat night dinner to catch up with friends. This is a great place to catch up as it's not at all busy (it's a big place with a basement bar) and there was always some tables available so no rush to return the table as one of our friends was over an hour late. There's an extensive drinks menu as well as a cocktail menu. The cocktails weren't cheap and they were only ok which is a shame as I've been here for drinks before (when they were furst opened) and they were excellent... The food. They have a snacks section - we ordered the corn chilli fritters which were really yummy! However we also ordered the pork crackle which my friends thought was too hard and too crunchy at the same time. Mains - there's quite a few veg options, I picked the aubergine burger - which I thought was ok but really let down by the bread (a bit plain) and not being served with any pickled gherkin! The fish fingers served on pea mash for the pescatarian was good but not enough fish fingers. The beef salad looked well sized and my friend was very happy with it. The rib eye steak was served rare at the request of the customer. All the hot mains were served with a smallish portion of French fries - I did not manage to finish mine. For dessert we got two scoops of the credit crunch ice cream which comes with hot chocolate sauce - tasty and good value but the sauce quickly melts the ice cream which is a shame. We went downstairs to the bar for a nightcap. Previously I've been here just after 10pm when happy hour would commence. However they no longer have happy hour which is a real shame because we would be more inclined to come by more often if it did. Sadly the drinks were only ok although the boys enjoyed the more manly drinks so at least they were relatively happy. I wouldn't go back here again as I've been to other Hix restaurants which simply is better. Service and location is great but let down by lack of happy hour, weak cocktails and only ok food. Shame.

 

Alex H
Tastemaker

Last week I tried out hixter bottomless brunch.  I had been particularly recommended the salted caramel fondue. Being a big salted caramel fan I took with me 3 other salted caramel brunch lovers.

On arrival at 11am on a sunday , despite being surprisingly empty we walked into a very trendy restuarant with welcoming staff.

The bottomless deal involved ordering from the delicious sounding brunch menu and paying an extra £15 for unlimited prosecco, cherry cocktail or bloody Mary.  We choose prosecco which came in cute little retro glasses  and tasted fantastic. Another member of our group ordered from the 'responsibity' menu and had a tasty mocktail.

The helpful waiter explained the menu  well. The others ordered eggs benedict which had very positive feedback, personally I thought it looked a bit standard. I ordered the 'corned leaf hash

with a double yolker' it was presented beautifully and tasted delicious with perfect runny yolks.

Then for the salted caramel fondue. It came with chopped up churros and posh marshmallow. Amazing. We also shared some butterscotch ice cream as it was highlights recommended by the waiter.

Another memorable part of the restaurant  was the entertaining  art work and design of the wallpaper in the doors.....unusual.

All in all I would rate it 8/10. For me, it is a special occasion restuarant. The food and service was very good, the bill was pricey for me but fitted the quality of food, drink and style of restaurant. The prosecco was constantly free flowing. As I said before the restaurant main let down was the lack of other diners. This slightly affected  the atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend this restuarant for brunch and I am keen to try it for dinner and cocktails.