Tramshed: Shoreditch

You’re probably aware, along with the rest of the world, that celebrated chef Mark Hix has turned a disused tram shed (from 1905 don’t you know) into a chicken and steak restaurant in Shoreditch. You may or may not also be aware that there is a Damien Hirst formaldehyde-encased cow standing on a huge pillar in the centre of the room, with a large cock perched on its back. It’s definitely a novel way to stand out. 

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Arriving ridiculously early for a birthday party having just picked up our wedding rings (eek!) Ian and I settled down at the bar to while away the time. He had a zombie and I went for a Temperley sour – the zombie was served with a flaming, rum-soaked sugar cube which was heavenly, and the appley Temperley was tart and refreshing. 

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When we’d been seated (well, before then to be honest) we decided to go for a 250g sirloin and half a chicken between us, which both come with chips and a variety of dips. The chips were perfect – really hot and crispy, and it seemed like they’d been cooked in rosemary oil; there was a really subtle hint of it. The steak was lovely with the béarnaise and the chicken, served with feet and all, was also good.

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But.. that’s it. It was all good, I have no complaints about the food at all. But I think given the hype and that it’s Hix, I was expecting to be blown away. We paid about £140 for two, and I can’t help feeling that we could’ve paid not much more in Hawksmoor or MASH and had a better meal, or headed to Chicken Liquor and had the same quality for a lot less. (Although I have to say that we drank a fair bit so a chunk of the bill was that).

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The dessert was incredible – salted caramel fondue with big soft marshmallows and soft, light doughnut chunks to dunk in it. It was rich, decadent and unnecessary but so good.

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We were up on the mezzanine level which gave a great view of the buzzing restaurant and blue-hued cow, and staff were constantly running up and down the stairs to give really attentive service. We were a big group so no mean feat.

It was a great night overall and everyone had fun – I really enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. You could go elsewhere.. but then you wouldn’t get to eat with a real cock and bull.. 

www.chickenandsteak.co.uk/

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