Hicce

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SquareMeal Review of Hicce

Silver Award

Hicce (pronounced ‘ee-chay’, not ‘hicky’) is the first solo restaurant from Pip Lacey, the former head chef of Murano and 2017 finalist from Great British Menu. Officially it is part of Wolf & Badger, although if you approach it from the first floor of Coal Drops Yard, you’d be completely unaware that you were dining in a luxury lifestyle store – except, perhaps, for the fact that the sleek, Scandinavian-style furniture filling the light, warehouse-feeling space looks exactly like the sort of covetable stuff you’d find for sale in a luxury lifestyle store, and the smart young staff are as smiley and eager to help as any high-end shop assistant.

The kitchen’s speciality of wood-fired cooking includes not just grilling but also steaming and smoking. Highlights for us among the sharing plates included terrific breads – dense rye bread, sweet beer bread – to act as a base for superb pork rillettes, so smooth it tastes almost puréed, and well-sourced cheeses.

As well as cheese, charcuterie, fermented veg jars and cured fish, there are three fish, vegetable and meat dishes apiece; we enjoyed our lamb neck with mojo and tomatoes, but the side order of miso potatoes was even better, as comforting as a plate of mini jacket spuds with a flavour intensified by the miso.

Not only is this food that tastes good, it is also good for you – there is mackerel with radicchio and kumquats, or octopus with seaweed and fennel – though anyone feeling that they’ve eaten too puritanically should try the crème caramel to finish, made with condensed milk for added richness.  

Lacey herself can be seen calmly beavering away in the open kitchen that runs along one wall of the dining room, while her business partner Gordy McIntyre heads up front of house as a charming host. Our only criticism would be that all of our food arrived pretty much at once, so we ate all of our hot dishes first – first week teething troubles, we’re sure.

If you’d like to try Hicce without committing to eating, a standalone bar offers beers from Hackney Brewery, biodynamic and organic wines and great cocktails including some creative non-alcoholic versions.

We’re big fans of what has been achieved at Coal Drops Yard, even if several of the restaurant concepts feel like highly accomplished re-treads. With Hicce, however, Lacey has brought something genuinely new to London’s hottest dining destination.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Cool, Lively, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Hicce

Having met while enjoying a season in the French Alps, Pip Lacey and Gordy McIntyre’s friendship was cemented over a love of good food. Following the trip Pip found herself working as a commis chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Yok & Albany under Angela Hartnett at the time. She then went on to become head chef of Murano in 2014. Meanwhile Gordy found his feet at the Conran Restaurant Group. The pair’s passion eventually realised itself as a partnership and their first restaurant was born in 2017.

Said restaurant, hicce, finds its home in the now-iconic Coal Drops Yard at Kinds Cross. It’s here that Lacey’s sharing concept has found much praise in its relaxed and unpretentious style. There are many menus on offer (including one of our favourites, the sandwich menu) but most guests vesting in the evening plump for the hicce experience menu. With this, diners are treated to a selection of snacks plus four courses that run from veg and fish through to meat and dessert.

Snacks might include cheeses, charcuterie plates, pickles and freshly made breads. The rest changes with the seasons but an example starter is made up of onion tempura with hazelnuts, blood orange and balsamic. Come the fish course there’s halibut tartare while the meaty main is often something cooked over the live fire grill for the restaurant’s signature charred flavours. Think chicken thighs with celeriac, dates, chicory and sherry.

There’s a definite lean into Italian flavours at hicce, with produce – as is so often the case now – considered king. Dessert is never skipped, thankfully, with dishes like chocolate mousse with almonds and passion fruit a firm favourite amongst diners.

The dining room is gorgeous in its simplicity, with high ceilings, large industrial-style coaching windows and an open kitchen that allows you full view of the action.


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Yes, brunch is served between 11am and 4pm on Sunday.

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Yes, Hicce offers range of vegetarian options.

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Location

102 Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross, London, N1C 4DQ

020 3869 8200

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 11:00-16:00
Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:15
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-23:00
Wed 17:30-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-00:00
Sat 18:00-00:00
Sun 11:00-16:00

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6 Reviews 
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James D

26 July 2019  
Bright and modern in an old building. Sharing plate heaven. Every plates works.

Angela E

26 July 2019  
Great venue , creative and exciting chef ( woman ), friendly staff , great value . One to watch.

Jessica D

12 November 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
We’ll be going back
Pip Lacey has created a fantastic tasty menu which is of a higher standard than it’s price. Each dish is carefully presented and has well thought out combinations such as the cheese and hazelnuts on the broccoli hotsticks. The cured salmon, breads, cheese and pickles where a delicious start and I also thoroughly enjoyed the hotsticks. Especially the salmon & fennel which was so beautifully presented and the wild red prawns. The miso potato’s were my favourite side as the sauce was wonderful. I’m not normally a dessert person but the creme caramel’s texture & the coconut ice cream with the pineapple converted me. I want to go back to try more of their dishes such as the celeriac. The interior, fantastic cocktails & staff add to Hicce being a go to restaurant.

Mag B

11 November 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
New flavours
I have been really excited about this restaurant coming to the London food scene. I eat out frequently, and this is one of the few restaurants that I would come back to repeatedly. Beautiful fish dishes, delicious bread!! Also delic puddings. I love it here!

George G

10 November 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Loved it!
Fortunate enough to check this out during soft launch, got through a good portion of the menu between us and there wasn't a single dish we didn't enjoy. I particularly liked the skewers and some of the really interesting vegetable main dishes like the celeriac. Desserts good too, try the tempura pineapple! And all very decent value for the quality.

David R

07 November 2018  
Food & Drink 2
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 1
One word
Terrible And the manager didn’t even want to know any constructive criticism
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