I have been meaning to blog for a while. But an impromptu work trip that brought me to London (!) right before CNY threw quite a lot off balance, schedule wise. Got back in the evening of the eve of CNY eve, which saw us “transiting” before catching the first flight back to Miri for CNY. All this excitement must have done me in as I fell sick immediately after I got back to KL. Even that took a while for me to recover.
But now that the dust has settled, am going to quickly share about my London meal experiences before I start forgetting! Most of the meals were with clients/suppliers so it wasn’t easy to capture proper shots so please excuse the blurriness. 🙂
The work site was situated in London’s Soho area and acting on the concierge’s recommendation, we went to Hix. Reservations are encouraged and we were very lucky to get a table for lunch even without one. Only upon googling for reviews after my Hix lunch did I find out that it’s one of the few restaurants that is owned by British chef Mark Hix. He’s known to be famous for English classics.
The design of the restaurant was somewhat quirky with all kinds of hanging mobiles and installations from the ceiling. The entrance itself is quite a statement as it’s this gigantic, full height wooden door that is easy to miss as part of a feature wall. Lucky we had a guy with us as it wasn’t easy pushing the door open! We were early but as the lunch crowd started filling in, the noise level became considerably higher so our work discussion gradually gave way to more casual subjects.
The menu at Hix changes daily due to the availability of ingredients and seasons, but some favourites are regularly available as they are pretty much the comfort food for the English who frequent this place. I wasn’t sure about photographing the food in front of people I have just met for work so I only managed to sneak a shot of the roast pork belly I had.
It was served with snails and baby carrots. The beautiful, crisp skin you see if worthy of a mention. And as delightful as the pink, juicy pork was, by the time I was halfway through the slab of meat, it was starting to feel a bit too much.
One of our London associates had the classic Fish fingers with mushy peas and it looked really inviting. Coated with breadcrumbs, the fish fingers were moist and perfectly cooked. We all shared the chips, which was satisfyingly addictive.
The reviews of this place is pretty mixed, with some loving it, and some preferring other Hix’s restaurants. As for me, I enjoyed whatever I had tried during this lunch, but believes that I haven’t tried enough “signature” dishes here to give my verdict so that alones warrants a revisit, no?