NileGuide Expert Says:
Perfect for a pre-theatre meal before shows at the Barbican or Sadler's Wells
36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street
EC1M 6BN London, United Kingdom
tel: 020 7017 1930
NileGuide Expert tip:
Set lunch menus offered Mon - Wed
Hix Oyster and Chop House opened its doors at the end of April 2008. The site, which was originally a sausage factory and then the renowned fish restaurant Rudland and Stubbs is situated on Green Hill Rents, just a stones throw from London's Smithfield Meat Market. It evokes the atmosphere of London's old oyster and chop houses, when customers could sample the very best of the season's oysters and a variety of meat cuts. such as chops, cutlets and steaks on the bone such as Porterhouse and Hanger steak with baked bone marrow. Fish dishes also feature, including whole grilled fish, and all the ingredients are carefully sourced in the UK. While the original tiling has been replaced, many of the features remain intact such as the long marble and wooden oyster bar and the original wood flooring and panelling. The bar itself has been given a face-lift and an oyster service bar has been installed on the restaurant floor, so that diners can see their shellfish starters being prepared. The restaurant has an informal feel, reminiscent of the establishments that have contributed to Mark Hix's success and the menu bears all the hallmarks of his philosophy towards British dining: his passion for UK-sourced produce; a love of erudite ingredients and an appreciation of simplicity in their preparation.