Jon's 31st birthday: our first visit to Hix Oyster and Chop House.
We started with oysters - needing a protein fix tonight. Very good, very tasty, but somehow not quite up to Bentley standards. Can't put my finger on it...
However, meat is the star of the show, and boy did they pull out the stops. We had delectable deep-fried calves' brains. Couldn't help but feel slightly nauseous when relating texture to matter, but the flavour was worth it - just think deep-fried savoury panna cotta.
Hanger steak is so under-appreciated. What's wrong with you all? It's the cheapest, but most flavoursome cut, and this unadulterated slab of flesh hit just the right note (the aioli and English mustard lent a helping hand). Did I mention it came with breaded bone marrow? I hardly noticed - the rich glutinous 'crumble' was stolen from my plate. Clearly not paying enough attention, I hate sharing!
Staff threatened to sing Jon 'Happy Birthday'. He was having none of it. So, coffee it is.
Wonderful meal, equally wonderful staff, and well worth a return visit. Enjoy.