Excited by the news that Mark Hix had opened up an outpost in Bankside, we ventured out on a stormy Sunday when the streets were deserted. We’re big fans of Tramshed in Shoreditch, which also has his legendary chicken and chips on the menu. Located in an old metal box factory, we couldn’t miss the neon Hixter sign.
We were warmly greeted and taken through the ground floor bar to the airy restaurant. The torrential rain seemed to have put off fellow diners as it was fairly empty at first. I’m told that it gets really busy on Saturdays, and no doubt it’s only a matter of time until it’s on every foodie’s radar! Downstairs is the cosy Mark’s Bar, which comes into its own in the evenings.
We then tucked into a perfect Yorkshire pudding – also a Tramshed staple. Strangely these are served as a starter rather than with a main course. They come with whipped chicken liver, a really tasty accompaniment.
Then it was straight on to the piece de resistance, the chicken and chips to share. As you’ll see, they have a rather unique way of serving this at Hix, with the feet presented in the air. The chicken was crispy although we prefer the original gravy rather than the peri-peri sauce that it comes with here.
Alas, the mini chocolate cake that we love at Tramshed is not on the menu here, so we skipped desert. You can however have a (largely) guilt-free mini ice cream. Do check out the loos if you go, they have some pretty unusual art work! Feeling full, we headed over to One New Change, the shopping centre near St Paul’s, and took this shot of the cathedral reflected in glass.
Hixter Bankside, 16 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0HS