The Kitty Hawk

Restaurants, Contemporary European Shoreditch
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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.

By: Matilda Egere-Cooper

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Venue name: The Kitty Hawk
Contact:
Address: 11, 13 & 14 South Place
Moorgate
London
EC2M 7EB
Transport: Tube: Moorgate
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £125.
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Tastemaker

We followed the suggestions from others and ensure that we were seated downstairs. Very friendly service and had no problems ordering. My boos enjoyed the wine selection so that is always a plus. The pork belly was fantastic-- highly recommend. Also, don't forget the bacon ice cream. You won't regret it. 


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.

Tastemaker

My husband and friend and I met up here last night for dinner at the bar area at 6:30pm. First of all the music is WAY too loud to sit and eat comfortably in the bar area; this is a huge pet peeve and turnoff bc how is shouting through dinner even a pleasant experience?! Huge fail KH. Btw the restaurant downstairs has a slightly different menu and is quieter and I really regret us not going there!

So there seemed to be only one waiter on duty even though it was really busy so we had to wait a bit before being served. I asked for tastes of two different white wines and neither were very good and just too sweet (a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio). I asked about the £5 wine on tap but apparently that’s not being offered anymore. So why is it even on the menu?! I ultimately got a bramble which I figured for a fiver was a good deal; well no wonder it was only a fiver because there was an overwhelming amount of crushed ice and barely any alcohol. My husband though had a glass of a rich, spicy red wine we both loved.

Onto the food. For starters, I got the baby peppers stuffed with black rice; my husband the ceviche and my friend the polenta fries with romesco sauce. Mine was very good: creamy and flavorful and an excellent portion. My husband’s ceviche looked pretty sparse laid out on his plate and he said it was fine. I’m saving the worst for last because we all agreed the polenta fries were completely tasteless as was the romesco sauce. I have even made better sauce at home and I am no cook!

For mains, I got the roasted baby squash and enoki mushrooms dish, as a staff member I spoke to the night before, when I called to make a rez, raved about that dish. My husband got the beef burger (and I don’t recall what my friend got!)

Well, the squash was SO bland I don’t even know where to begin. The best part of the dish were the mushrooms, which thankfully comprised the majority of the plate. They were buttery, earthy and roasted just right. My husband said his burger was “Fine.”

The server came around once to ask how everything was. We had to flag someone down to pay.

When you leave, the restaurant allows a thick crowd of smokers outside its doors, so you have to get through them. Yuck.

I might return (and ONLY in the restaurant) to try the grilled cauliflower steak.

Otherwise a pretty mediocre experience for £69 for two people.


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.