Smithfield's finest beef and bivalves
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Steak
Address : 36-37 Greenhill Rents , Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6BN, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk
Opening Times : Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 5.30pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
Many argue that a meatmarket defines a city. Paris has Les Halles. New York has the Meatpacking District. London has Smithfields. Smithfields has Mark Hix's Oyster and Chop House. With a no pretence policy and traditionally working-class food prepared with haute-cuisine precision, Hix Oyster and Chop House was this celebrated chef and restaurateur's first London restaurant and remains one of the Capital's top places to devour brilliant bovine and bivalve comestibles!
Located a stone's throw from the Market, tucked away on a quiet by-street, Hix Oyster and Chop House is situated in a building that was originally a sausage factory and then a fish restaurant, with many of its original features still intact. The marble oyster bar, paper & linen tables and distressed wooden floors lend it an unfussy atmosphere, all complimented by artworks from some of London's most prominent YBA's. All in, the dining room offers the appropriate utilitarian ambiance for enjoying the food.
The menu at Hix is defined by provenance and seasonality. With the close proximity of the market the British meat is peerless in quality and freshness while Hix is also a major proponent of sustainable fishing and farming. The starters are sumptuous and delicious with a variety of oysters of course as well as well-known Hix fixtures like the smoked salmon originally cured in his back garden, and now on the roof of Selfridges in the West End, however you must try the Brookfield Farm veal dumpling with creamed savoy cabbage following a quick snack of Blythburgh pork crackling with Bramley apple sauce to share.
Mains are a meaty proposition, with steak taking pride of place, bolstered up by dishes like bacon chop with Isle of Barra cockles and laver bread or when is season, grouse with rowan jelly and bread sauce. However there are a surprising number of vegetarian dishes too. The desserts are classically British with offerings like Bakewell pudding and Sea buckthorn posset but the apple pie takes the cake!
With an extensive wine list as well as an exciting beer menu that features Hix's very own Oyster Ale and IPA, along with the likes of cider brandy from Somerset, you're sure to find the right tipple to complement your meal. They do an amazing Sunday lunch too!