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|Address:||66-70 Brewer Street, London W1F 9UP|
|Tel:||020 3589 4524|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £22.75||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-12.30am (Sun -11.30pm)|
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I have eaten at Hix on a number of occasions, both at the counter and at tables, and both for lunch and dinner. Our latest trip was a late dinner. The restaurant was packed to the rafters. The space is such that this works pretty well: high ceilings and a big room, with tables, whilst close on the banquette side of the room, not so close that you find yourself in your neighbour's food. There is a bar downstairs too, which is more intimate, and which has twiglets as a bar snack, so can't be all bad.
The decor is enlivened by a series of mobiles: fish in glass, bits of wall, for example, which are all very cheery and conversation inducing. I'm not sure that I'd want to sit under the one that has a collection of bricks hanging from it though. It reminded me of Quo Vadis under the MPW regieme, so it comes as no surprise to find that they are Damien Hirsts.
Service is friendly, if a little dotty some times: our waiter brought bread, but then wandered off before we could order. The wine arrived after the food, having been sitting on the end of the bar. But lots can be forgiven when the waiting staff are so friendly (ok, the front of house lady was suitably haughty, and the cloakroom attendant engrossed in his book, but the actually waiting staff were very pleasant).
I'd misread the menu, reading marrow as bone marrow: having politely told me of my error, our waiter asked if I'd like bone marrow anyway as, although not on the starter menu, they had it and the kitchen could rustle me up some. It was lovely; scooped out and done with breadcrumbs, parsley and lots of garlic.
Alas, I had also wanted to try the squeaker (baby grouse) that we'd seen on the menu a few days before, but the (clearly short) season was already over, so had to settle for the full grown version. And very nice it was too; not too gamey, nicely pink and accompanied by an unctiously rich jus, some perfectly adequate bread sauce and (a twist on the classic game chip) some parsnip chips; a less deep fried, and probably far healthier, option.
To wash it all down we had a couple of carafes from the short but fine wine list: a Picpoul de Pinet white and a Terrasses du Larzac red.
The bill, whilst not small, wasn't as big as I'd thought, and represents pretty good value for this part of town and quality of food: the bone marrow coming in at the cheapest of the starters, and the grouse, never a cheap option, still not as high as many other restaurants are charging.
Overal an excellent place to grab a late night snack, with a buzzy atmosphere, good wines and big, flavourful grub.