Friends for many years, hicce is a dream realised for this ambitious duo and the space and concept has been meticulously thought out to create the ultimate dining experience.
The menu will highlight Pip’s passion and skill for using the barbeque as a fuel source; grilling to steaming and smoking. From traditional smørbrød with cured meats and homemade pickles; to fish, meat and yakitori cooked over specialist holm oak charcoal. Pip will use traditional techniques to create beautiful dishes inspired by her travels and driven by her commitment to the very best produce.
Gordy is fantastically knowledgeable about drinks and guests can expect to see a carefully curated list of biodynamic wines, craft beers and original cocktails, each chosen to bring the best out of every plate.
Nice venue and staff were friendly and helpful but the food just isn’t good enough. Starters and skewers were ok but the mains were poor . The food isn’t warm enough when it reaches the table . There was limited choice and food isn’t presented well on the plates .
It’s a shame but I won’t be returning
Great concept not quite executed. Was excited to try the food but was left disappointed. My taste buds were overwhelmed by the many flavours which didn’t compliment each other.
Exciting small plates which allow you to experiment.
Nice setting and vibe but I can't quite understand why the need such a brigade in the kitchen. Much of what we ordered was (often cold) items presented elegantly. The skewers were a disappointment, not particularly great and very overpriced. The mains were ok, the venison was over seasoned and the clementine had no place in a veal liver dish (which was slightly overcooked).
I think there is good potential but a rethink of the dishes would be wise.
The wine list was good and we had a really excellent Gamay (overchilled for me but that is a matter of opinion). A few more bottle under £35 would have been welcome.
Thanks for the review, there are obviously some negatives that I will pick up with the kitchen team. With regards to the team in the kitchen (I'm guessing you must work in the industry??), we are currently in a training process with the chef team, so it probably does look a little full in there at times. Glad you enjoyed the wine list, the Gammay is on draft & served at 7 degrees, we work very hard to created a small, varied wine list at an accessible price range, which we will continue to do
Our fourth visit. The menu continues to evolve. The food is fresh, interesting and delicious. The choice is good. The staff are well trained and very efficient. Prices are good. We’ll be back.
Thank you Phillip for your kind review, always lovely to hear from one of our regulars. See you again very soon
This is an excellent restaurant which offers high quality food. I keep coming back and it never disappoints! Make sure to try the miso-butter potatoes and the creme caramel.
Thank you so much for your amazing words & continued support with all things hicce. hopefully see you again very soon.
Second time at hicce and the place is really growing on me. Innovative and very good tasting food from a great menu. Staff is amazing and you feel so very welcome.
Always lovely to hear that we have delivered well and really made our guests experience such a positive one. We hope to see you again very soon.
I LOVE hicce!
The menu is constantly changing which always delivers delicious combinations.
The food is fresh, innovative and utterly delicious- something for everyone.
The gentleman who greeted me was so warm, welcoming and polite.
Our waitress and bartender were amazing (I was dining with a celiac) our waitress took the menu and with the chef highlighted what she could eat.
Our bartender had excellent knowledge and guided us through the wine menu and allowed us to sample before purchasing.
All in all outstanding!
We LOVE you. Thank you so much for this amazing review, it really means a lot to the team when one of our guests takes the time to let us know how much they have enjoyed. I will 100% present your words to the team at our next couple of briefings.
The preparation and presentation of the menu is faultless. However, the choices tend toward the more adventurous pallet. Best to check before you book. The views from the restaurant over the new developments around St Pancras/Kings Cross are stunning.
Fantastic service and great food. It’s a great place to relax and have fun with friends. They have delicious tap wines on offer too. Will go back!
Thanks for the kind words & stars, maybe we can get you to hit the big 5 on your next visit
The food at Hicce is absolutely delicious. And healthy. and the dessert we had was sublime. The service is friendly and the seating etc confortable. I have no idea though why the noise level has to be so high! My partner is hard of hearing and as well as the hubbub of diners (which is fine) there was lopud pumping music. It was unecessary to have it everywhere - it would be great if they maybe took a speaker away from one section to create a quieter corner so people are able to talk as well as eat. But the food is so good it will have me returning again (maybe by myself so conversation/hearing isn't an issue!! :))
Thank you for your review, we do monitor our music levels, but it is hard to please everyone. We will maintain the monitor on noise levels, but when you are next in, please let us know & we will endeavour to get you on a quieter table
Great location, v friendly staff, interesting menu, loud terrible music that didn’t work at lunchtime for conversation, think it was more for chefs enjoyment
Sorry our music didn't work for you, we will ensure that the music is at the correct levels in future
Great food. Go all out or just have some light bites - it’s all good and easy to share. Wine on tap is a fun feature. Staff are genuinely engaged with the customer and it’s not pretentious. Lively atmosphere. Have been several times and never disappointed.
Thank you for your lovely words & the team will be over the moon that you found them to be genuine & knowledgeable. See you again very soon, we hope
The staff is not very friendly and the portions are really small for the price. Nice deco and location. Best thing was the French cider. Artichokes were burnt and almost inedible. Octopus was tasty but tiny.
Sorry it seems that you have not enjoyed your experience, can I get a bit more detail on the staff not being friendly please? With regards your comments on the food, I will bring these up with the kitchen team at our daily briefings.
The restaurant is busy and stylish. The food interesting and moreish. Unfortunately, we were late and were sat at the bar, which did detract somewhat. Also the service was poor given that were at the bar.
Apologies you felt the service was not up to scratch, I will bring your comments up with the bar team at our daily briefings
This is a lovely looking restaurant and the staff were really friendly, but the food is a little pricey and the standard didn't quite match the price tag. I found 2 of my dishes a little too salty (the octopus and the sprouts, although the octopus was beautifully cooked). It's good, not great.
Sorry we didn't quite hit the mark on the food, I will bring your points up with the kitchen at our daily briefings
Went for a family birthday excellent in all departments. Would recommend without reservation. Third time I have been and loved every visit . The staff are extremely friendly and professional great experience.
Really glad you enjoyed & the team will be very proud that they delivered again. Look forward to seeing you again soon
Amazing, space and service. A must for dinner with clients or friends. Looking forward to my next visit.
Thank you so much for these amazingly kind words
Excellent food, average service. I will definitely go back.
Sorry you felt the service was not up to scratch, can I get a bit more detail where we failed please?
Lunch with old school fri. I’d been once before but they hadn’t
Thanks for the stars & glad you enjoyed
The food was really lovely. The downside was that the ‘main’ course comes out when it is ready. So between 4 of us there was no overlap so one person ate while the rest of us just sat there. The last dish came out about 20 mins later after the 3rd person had finished and we chased when it was coming a few times. If the meals came out together I would have rated this place 4.5
Sorry it seems you either did not understand or we did not make it clear enough, but we do not serve individual main dishes, our concept is based on sharing. The larger dishes that you are mentioning are served in a logical manner for sharing.
Great food, comfortable environment and good service.
Really nice to hear Geoff & thanks for the review
The perfect balance of flavours and texture. Perfectly executed dishes that ally a creative approach to simple ingredients. The service was great (Mohammad) and the counter seating overlooking the kitchen allowed us to interact with the Chef and sous-chef, both of whom where funny, willingly explaining their dishes while not missing a beat in preparing food for their customers who packed the restaurant.
Really nice to hear & glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you again soon
Food was nice but a little on the pretentious side, and overpriced
Sorry you felt the way you did about the food, can I please ask for a bit more detail on which dishes you found to be pretentious?
This didn’t start well. Seated at the counter, I asked for a glass of water as I arrived. “Still or sparking?” No, this is London 2019, we drink tap water. Then my friend arrived. “Have you been here before?” No, we haven’t. So we have to sit through an explanation of how sharing plates work. We might not have been here, but again, this is London 2019, we are only too familiar with the concept. We chose some dishes from the first 2 sections of the menu, and said we’d decide after that how many of the larger plates we might want. Apparently this meant we might have to wait 40 minutes in between courses. We gave in and ordered.
To be fair, the waiter was friendly and helpful over our drinks choice. We felt he was keen to push us to choose certain dishes, but maybe he was just enthusiastic. The food arrived, inevitably, at the whim of the chef. And it was a bit disappointing to be honest. A starter of potatoes and cheese was a bit oily, other plates were underwhelming. A skewer of octopus was tasty but over salted. The pork belly skewer was, however, delicious.
So we were reserving judgement. Then another waiter came to fill up a carafe of white wine from the on-tap wine, overfilled it and squirted wine all over us. “Sorry” he said, and wandered off. Our waiter appeared. “How is everything, ladies?” Well not great, actually, we’re covered in wine. He went to talk to the waiter, came back and said sorry. We looked a little grumpy. “What more can I say?” He asked. Well maybe “have a free glass of wine” or “desserts are on us”, or even would we like a cloth to wipe ourselves down. But no.
So all in all it was a disappointment. Service was just a bit pushy, but didn’t step up when something went wrong. And the food was just not good enough to compensate. And a note to staff: women eating together do not wish to be addressed as “ladies” by everybody, all the time. Or at all.
I'm really sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the experience at all, it is not ever something we like to hear. Let me please apologise to you for the wine incident & we should have handled it better on the evening. The offer of 'still or sparkling' is a complimentary offer of filtered water. We ask simply for a £1 donation to wateraid and you can have as much as you like, tap water is on offer if you do not wish to donate to what we think is a very worthy charity. I hope you accept my apology
Good for a catch up - not too loud, lovely food. Ideal for sharing.
Thanks for the stars & glad you enjoyed
hicce is excellent from start to finish, the minute you walk in the door to the last mouthful at the table!
Excellent service, a fantastic atmosphere, and the staff are helpful and friendly.
The food is really impressive along with the whole concept of sharing and trying new things.
Very informative bar staff on the gins, wines, and cocktails.
It won't be long before we're back again.
Mr Bacon, thank you so much for these amazing words & as always we look forward to seeing your wonderful face again
We had great expectations from this place. We booked it for lunch for 7. The menu choices were really limited with no kids options. Nevertheless we thought we found a good compromise. Alas they forgot to put our order through. We waited more then 1 hour for our mains. When chased, after we finished our starters, we were given a bunch of ridiculous excuses on the line of “computer says no” ... if you know what I mean. We did give them a chance to sort it out but we had to leave without food. After only having some board of starters of which most was bread and just water (2 Bloody Mary drinks) we left with a staggers bill of £20 each. We were 7 people. Had to go somewhere else to have food. Utterly disorganised, inexperience personnel and patronising manager. Won’t go back. Not good value for money. The only good thing about this place is the location. Basically we paid £20 to basically have bread, potatoes and not even a slice of salami each.
Please let me apologise again (I did reply to your google review as well). We must accept our failings here and can only apologise. As I said in my reply to your previous review, I would live the opportunity to pick this up personally with you. If you find the time, please email me at Gordy@hicce.co.uk
Great place with a fantastic atmosphere and food. The servant forgot one dish but other than that, it was all perfect.
Apologies on the dish we forgot, hopefully we can make up for it on your next visit
Delicious creative cooking, with fantastic personal service. Fish dishes cooked to perfection.
Thank you very much for the kind words & really glad you enjoyed the experience
Duck almost inedible.
It seems we have not quite hit the mark here, any chance you could give me a bit more detail?
Interesting, delicious and different flavour combinations nicely presented. Friendly helpful service with good information and recommendations about the food. If you have a large appetite, the plates are quite small so cost mounts when you order several.
Thanks for the review & glad you enjoyed
Casual dining that feels and tastes very special. This is my second time at Hicce and each time the food has been delicious and the menu is dynamic and ever evolving. I’ve had a date here in the evening as well as business meeting during the day and somehow the environment and ambience provides the perfect flexible and relaxed environment. It’s cwrtainly on the regular list of eateries
Nice one & glad you enjoyed. See you very soon
Menu was eclectic- sometimes in a great way, other times it fell a little short. I loved the artichoke starter. Friends loved the beer bread, soft cheese, red onion chutney, and cured salmon. They wished there were a few simpler meat dishes (i.e. chicken, white fish). Beautiful space though! Ambience was great.
Thanks for taking the time to review us & glad you enjoyed the experience
My husband and I came to hicce for an anniversary dinner. We had an early dinner booking. The food was lovely and generous portion. I loved the mussel salad and the beef main was yummy too. The only criticism I have is I am heavily pregnant and they sat us at the bar despite there being plenty of regular tables with more appropriate chairs for me to sit on. The bar chairs were extremely difficult for a third trimester pregnant woman to get on and off! Bit of a shame to be really uncomfortable throughout the meal but the food was wonderful and my husband advises me the cocktails were delicious too!
Apologies we could not find you a table, I'm afraid that the empty tables you mention were booked and we would have had to move a table booking to a counter to facilitate you on a table. Really glad you enjoyed & hopefully the next time we see you we can get you a lovely table
Overall we had a lovely visit. I arrived on time but my friend was 15 minutes late, however I had ordered drinks and was looking over the menu while I was waiting. When my friend arrived, the waitress serving us was incredibly rude, telling us we needed to order immediately as we were so late. This continued throughout the meal, she was brash, very un professional and ruined to some extent what was a fabulous evening overall. Everything seemed to be too much trouble for her and she kept reminding us we needed to be gone by 9pm. The rest of the staff and team were wonderful and so polite and friendly. Would I go back, yes, but I would pointedly ask not to be served by her.
Thank you for taking the time to review us, apologies we let you guys down on the service side I will pick up your comments with the team to ensure we are better at this in the future. We certainly do not wish to make any of our guests feel the way you describe, please accept my apology for this.
Wonderful restaurant with beautifully executed dishes that are designed to share. The menu allows you to create a wonderful mix of meats, fish and cheese with pickles and a choice of breads as a starter. That in itself was worth the visit. But then the mains were equally delicious and inventive and of a good size so everyone gets more than one bite of a thing to enjoy it. Well worth the price and would definitely go again.
Thank you so much for your kind words & lovely review. The team will be especially proud that they have made your visit an enjoyable one. See you again soon
I would highly recommend this place- delicious food, great vibe and service! Our waitress Anushka was super friendly and attentive!
Thank you for your kind words, I will pass your message on to Anushka, she will be over the moon
The lovely food was let down by the poor service, one of our servers had really bad breath, another didn't know what was on the serving board he was presenting us with and another did nothing when asked why there was a 10 minutes wait between 2 mains being brought to the table before the other two were brought out, meaning that 2 of the mains were cold when we could start eating. The music was also far too loud for the atmosphere in the restaurant. All in all we expected better especially when presented with the bill which included a compulsory 15% service charge on a table of 4.
Apologies you feel this way. I feel a couple of your points need addressing; We do not serve main dishes, this would have been explained to you before you ordered. The main dishes that you mention are from the bottom part of our menu and come as they are ready in order for you to share. We do not have 15% service? We do have an optional 12.5% service.
Great ambience, fantastic aromas, good service - would definitely recommend
Thank you so much & really glad you enjoyed