One of the top recommended Champagne Bars in London, Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of the bubbles. Perched overlooking the Handbag hall of Selfridges, you can enjoy classic Hix British dishes like jacket potato lobster thermidor, enjoy independent Champagne producers and beautiful art from Tracy Emin.
Throughout the whole meal we were torn between thinking: This is great food, and checking our arms and legs were not going to be removed on departure to settle the bill. Chicken kiev was fried, spry, crisp and dry, the meat favourful and the buttery centre boasted with wild garlic (£16.75). A tiny side dish the size of an ashtray contained steamed spinach for a rapacious £3.95...But we liked it for the aerial view from the balustrade of London’s coolest-looking shoppers, for the Nick Strangeway-inspired cocktail list, and for more living proof that Britannia is once again cool.
It’s an odd proposition at night, when the Brit art and shellfish bar don’t quite produce the atmosphere of Hix’s other gaffs, but lunchtimes are perfect for ‘shopper watching’ with a side order of seasonal British food. All the Hix hallmarks are here, from the house cocktail, home-cured salmon and a surfeit of Burford Brown eggs to things on toast and dishes such as chicken with Somerset cider, girolles and asparagus. ‘Credit crunch’ ice cream is the safest bet for dessert, and the wine list has plenty by the glass.