When someone offers to take me out for food, you’re not likely to find me turning that offer down. So, last week I found myself heading to The Hyndland Fox with dad for lunch. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about The Hyndland Fox in the past, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The interior of the West End eatery is very chic – think modern upholstery, repurposed seats, and exposed brick walls adorned with giant scrabble tiles. It was actually a rather nice place to sit, with lots of light streaming in through the large windows and a nice, calm atmosphere. The menu has a few different sections from which to select, including Brunch Plates (served till 2pm), Small Plates and Seasonal Sandwiches (served until 5pm). There were quite a few very tempting sounding options on the menu, including a fantastic sounding Mac and Cheese with N’Duja, but I eventually chose the Ruben Sandwich with a side of Skinny Fries while dad opted for the Deli Burger.
Dad thought his burger was nice and juicy, with a good solid pretzel bun which didn’t disintegrate when picked up. The chunky chips which accompanied it were crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, skin-on affairs and were really rather good. The little pot of coleslaw was good and creamy, and dad even enjoyed the additional of kale in the ‘slaw!
My sandwich featured a solid, thick pile of thinly sliced, peppery pastrami and tart sauerkraut contained within toasted sourdough. The pastrami had a great flavour, and the Swiss cheese that was melted on top provided a creamier contrast to the kick of the pepper and sauerkraut. The side of fries were maybe a tad peely-wally, and definitely no competition for the chunky chips that accompanied dad’s burger (can we have them on the sides menu, pretty please???). As if that wasn’t enough food, dad also ordered a side of Beer Battered Onion Rings which, to be fair, were sizeable, crispy morsels that only required the addition of some salt.
Despite having eaten rather a lot of food, I felt that it would be *ahem* selfish of me as a reviewer not to sample the desserts on offer. And so I dutifully ordered the Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with Hazelnut Praline, while dad opted for the Strawberry Parfait, Homemade Granola and Fresh Berries minus the mint syrup. This request, made to reduce the sugar dad was consuming, was no problem at all and, though dad could see why it was included in the dish, didn’t reduce its quality significantly. The parfait was very firm, but had a nice sweet strawberry flavour and dad particularly enjoyed the crunchy granola adorning the plate. My tart had gorgeously oozy chocolate atop a layer of caramel and chocolate pastry. The caramel didn’t quite cut through the chocolate, which was perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter, but the texture was very welcome. The hazelnuts didn’t come as a praline, but instead were studded across the top of the tart. Honestly, I would have preferred a real praline but the tart was good enough that I didn’t care too much.
My only caveat for The Hyndland Fox is that it’s not necessarily the cheapest place to get food of this standard. That being said, it is in the West End where the prices are generally that little bit higher, and you usually know this going in. We were both pleasantly impressed with the food from The Hyndland Fox, and I definitely wouldn’t rule out a return visit. After all, I did have my eye on that Mac and Cheese…