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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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Such a good atmosphere at Hix Soho, and no demur from the waiting staff as we faffed about working out table we wanted to sit at. I like a banquette, but my dining companion doesn't, so for once I compromised and we sat where he wanted. Drinks came promptly (and this was after 3 delicious Hix Mix cocktails downstairs in the bar – and on a school night too…) with fresh, warm bread and salted butter. Again, the staff were charming when we couldn't decide what to have – because there were too many excellent combinations from the short-ish but well put-together menu. Oysters, with spiced sausages, then veal with sage butter? Steak tartare followed by a Hix take on fish fingers? Girolles, followed by one of the cuts of steak or veal that you are shown, set out on a wooden board, befrore you order?
I went for the girolles and then fish fingers – a very sophisticated take on a tea-time treat. One was a straight fish finger, albeit with the kind of crisp crust that my kitchen could never produce. The other was a sort of deep-fried, battered piece of fish (gurnard, I think – but I had had 3 cocktails and a glass of fizz by then) inside fluffy mashed potato. Truly scrumptious. I could have ordered chips as well, but got side-tracked and didn't and just as well, as I was waddling out of the door as it was. My companion went for the oysters, then the sole with clams. Neither of us could manage a pud, or even coffee.
The service was charming, friendly and unobtrusive, the wine topped up efficiently, and the whole experience, on a dull Monday evening, very very enjoyable.