Hixter Bankside

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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
Address: 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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Alex H

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.