We tried out the Hoxton Grill during our stay at the attached hotel, and we were really pleased we stopped in. The restaurant shares the off-beat, hip feel that the Hoxton Hotel pulls off so well, with two distinct areas - an 'outdoor' area with a retractable roof which opens to let the sunshine in, and a more traditional 'grill' area with booths, tables and beautiful red leather seating.
Seated in the latter, we were soon attended to by efficient, polite and attentive staff who couldn't do enough to help. The menu is brief but focused on good quality, well cooked grill style fare. The kitchen is open, and it's possible to watch the chefs at work preparing food - so it's clear that this is freshly cooked to order. Steak lovers are very well catered for, with an excellent range of meats - my wife selected a sirloin which was prepared exactly as requested, tasted wonderful and was soft and buttery. I opted for the whole bream with rosemary, which was presented beautifully and cooked to perfection. Our side order of jersey royal potatoes tasted wonderful too - strange to say perhaps, but it's so rare that you can actually taste potatoes in restaurants these days, where often bland, flavourless varieties dominate.
The wine list is extensive, and not exactly cheap - but we found a reasonably priced bottle of unoaked Chardonnay which was very good indeed. The supply of bottled water is also plentiful, and when we'd finished our main course a desert menu was swiftly offered. I wasn't going to indulge on this occasion, but the idea of Peanut Butter filled Choux Buns was too much to resist.
This is a busy, buzzy spot which completely lives up to the spirit and hype of the adjoining hotel - but the cleverly designed interior means it retains an intimate feel too. We had a great meal, loved the experience and couldn't fault the food or the service at all.
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