I dragged Ben and my friend Charlie to Hixter because I needed to make the pilgrimage to try these Frankenstein’s Monster of onion rings: Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Onion Rings.
Number of Rings: 11
Cost per ring: 43p
Not gonna lie this is the most excited I’ve been to try new onion rings and (spoilers) they did NOT disappoint.
Firstly just LOOK AT THEM. What even is going on here? They thrown caution to the wind and have torn up the onion ring rulebook. The batter was full of black poppy seeds which makes for a very unusual and eye-catching dish.
However it wasn’t just their bold looks which made them stand out from the crowd, the salt and vinegar flavour is extraordinary. Using such an intense flavour such as vinegar was a fearless move by the chefs at Hixter and it really works. The vinegar was the main flavour as it masks the familiar onion taste. I’m sure the onion must have been marinated in vinegar as this is definitely the source of the onion ring’s zing. The onion was itself thin yet juicy.
The batter was not breaded which usually is key but in this case I think would have been a mistake to add another element to this mix. It had perfect amount of salt and worked perfectly with the poppy seeds. The grease levels made the dish moist and were not overwhelming.
I couldn’t believe there were so many in a portion. I’ve since checked Hixter’s website and the price has reduced to £3.50 which at 43p per ring would be an eight ring portion but I cannot confirm this. As we know this is more in keeping with the typical portion size for a side of onion rings.
I ate all eleven rings before I even thought about eating my burger and chips which says a lot for how intriguing (and delicious) they were.
As for the restaurant itself, it was so lovely. First we had beers in “Mark’s Bar” which was downstairs and had an ultra cool vibe. I’d definitely go in there just for drinks with some mates. The food was also great, my burger was delicious, Ben’s steak was “amazing”. Charlie ordered the half chicken and they really meant half a chicken. It came with a foot!
A science experiment gone right. If you love vinegar these are for you.
Overall Rating: 10/10