It’s all about the steak……………… (and chicken)
Read Nuzy Sayani’s review of Hixter Bankside
Nestled behind Tate Modern is Mark Hix’s steak and chicken restaurant. Whilst the South Bank is a magnet for culture, it has taken a while for the restaurant scene to catch up making the south side of the river a vibrant and essential part of London.
I visited Hixter on a Thursday evening and the former metal factory was busy but not overly crowded. The décor reflects its industrial past with exposed brick work and metal but is warmed up by Tracey Emin’s brightly coloured neons and an eclectic selection of contemporary art.
Start the evening off with a cocktail in Mark’s Bar that has a tantalising variety of classic and seasonal cocktails and a comprehensive spirits menu. To start the evening on the right note, I started with a Celebration, a mix of rum, gin, Mark’s redcurrant syrup and grapefruit. The affable bar manager Miles offered to mix us a few cocktails off the menu that went down very easily. I liked the refreshing combination of white port, fresh lemon and tonic water.
The “snax” menu has lots of choice and we nibbled on chicken popcorn and cock n’ bull croquettes. The bar is a great place for a drink and a quick bite but be warned you may sink into the distressed leather sofas!
We ate in the spacious main dining room and the only real choice you need to make is whether to eat the marbled and aged beef or the specially reared chicken. The steak was full of flavour and the chicken succulent served with reassuringly crunchy chips. The restaurant manager Alex recommended a well- rounded red wine from Duoro by Quinta da la Rosa who bottle it exclusively for the Hix restaurants.
We rounded off the evening with some credit crunch ice cream that was accompanied by a warm chocolate sauce and an apple pie
This is a good place to bring children and those under ten eat for free from the aptly named Calves’ Menu when accompanied by an adult. I recommend Hixter for great cocktails; well executed food and a relaxed ambience.
HIXTER BANKSIDE – 16 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0HS
020 7921 9508 http://www.hixterbankside.co.uk
Nuzy Sayani is Catwalkschoolgates’ restaurant reviewer. Nuzy lives in Marylebone with her husband and seven year old son. She is a technology lawyer and loves the theatre, cinema, is an avid reader and likes nothing more than trying out restaurants. Nuzy will be sharing her dining experiences with us and would love to hear from you with your recommendations.