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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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As an ardent fan of Mr Hix; avid reader of his Independent on Saturday pages, high praise singer of his Oyster and Chop house, and over active user of the his latest cookery tome; British Seasonal Food, it naturally follows that I should head to Soho to delight in his latest offering to the restaurant scene. The restaurant itself, is a bright affair with a wonderfully wide and long counter toppped bar, ideally suite for the casual couple or solo diner. A mild opening disappoint as we were being seated, is that in booking for five – we clearly had a table for four, despite there being larger tables but with fewer diners. Note to self: book for six and allow for one no-show. No matter, as I glanced at the menu and noted the tell tales signs of a Hixian menu, well sourced , interesting British ingredients, and plenty of undefinitive items and even the cryptic “Heaven and Earth”. Drinks were some 20 minutes in the arrival; which for a Bloody Mary (exceptionally good), an IPA (Mark's own label, served in a tankard) and a couple of Kirs is a bit tardy. To the food ; opening the account with the drinks we took some of the Crackling and Apple sauce, an indulgent heart stopper of a bar snack, but warm, crisp, salty and sweet. Starters included a fish soup, the cured meats and mussels in cider and the aforementioned Heaven and Earth, a soft black pudding accompanied with mashed potato. All passed muster with my dining companions, plenty of ‘oohs’ ,' aahs' and ‘wonderfuls’. The main events were met with similar rapture; red deer chops, veal sausage, partridge and the hanger steak. No one likes a ‘dry old do’ particularly when you're paying for the wine and locating our bottle or more importantly the waiter trying to locate our bottle seemed to be a challenge fit for WMD inspectors. Nonetheless, affairs were brought to conclusion mainly by way of the Treacle Pudding for Two, proving not to live up to its billing in size but exquisitely so in it's content, and thus we had to go round again. Sadly I didn't get a good look at the wine list as I was accompanied by my more knowledgeable friend , who assured me it had interest and depth. Downstairs is what is no doubt going to be the hippest bar in Soho, at least until after Xmas, complete with club chairs and bar billiards. So, on balance, excellent menu and food execution, with plenty to tempt you back again and again, but let's hope that the service improves; a bit more efficiency and a bit more customer friendly. Perhaps on this occassion the presence of Messrs Coren, Parker-Bowles and Corrigan at an adjacent table diverted too much attention elsewhere.