A flashy, two-floor restaurant and bar in the City.
Bankers desperate to let their hair down after crunching numbers all day seem like the right sort of crowd for The Kitty Hawk, a glitzy, two-floor goliath of a venue that encompasses a restaurant, café, bar, private dining room and dining counter. As you might guess, it’s a busy spot – on my Thursday night visit, I got a call beforehand to warn me that a party of 70 would be descending on the place. Dinner at the beginning of the week might have meant less amateurish service, but the consolation was a fancy, well-presented selection of dishes.
There’s the full gamut of steak on the menu: rump, sirloin, rib eye, marinated rib eye and fillet, plus hefty cuts of côte de boeuf, chateaubriand and tomahawks for sharing. A juicy, medium-cooked 8oz fillet was faultless and came with a smoky tomato, a glazed red onion and a liberal portion of chunky chips cooked in beef dripping. My medley of steamed greens was a better choice of side dish than the dauphinoise potatoes – they were a tad dull and needed more cream.
Both cocktails and desserts, such as a wonderful seasonal berry meringue, were ace. And by the end of the meal, the restaurant bods were kind enough to lop off the service charge to compensate for the lack of polish. Prices aren’t exactly bargainous, so this was appreciated. It also goes to show that while The Kitty Hawk may have a few kinks to work out to live up to its flashy façade, at least it’s on the right track.
|Venue name:||The Kitty Hawk|
11, 13 & 14 South Place
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £125.|
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I was meeting a client there and the receptionist was extremely rude. Basically at 3pm, she was telling me that I had to be quick because they were fully booked in the evening. Anyway, I just moved my business across the road to the South place hotel which where I often go anyway. Silly me for wanted to try out the new kid on the block, I doubt they will stay in business for long with that unwelcoming attitude.
I've only been to the Kitty Hawk cafe which is right next door to the restaurant. In their opening week they were doing a 50% off campaign so I went in to get my morning coffee. I was very dissapointed to see they were using a coffee machine which just required them to press a button and both the coffee and milk come out! They had a real coffee machine as well but didnt' seem to be using this for the 50% deal. I wasn't very happy so asked to pay the full price for the proper coffee and they ended up giving it to me for 50% off as well.
With all the great coffee in the area I think they need to ditch the basic coffee machine, but other than that I'm sure it will do great. The pastries and breakfast menu looks great so I might try it again soon.
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