My American fiancé was visiting and we were stumbling around covent garden when we discovered Pix!
This place has a really unique concept. Everything is in small portions and you can pick up which food items you want to eat from the bar area. The total cost depends on the number of cocktail sticks that you accumulate.
I think they may need a better system for this- it's a little too trusting in my opinion since it would be easy enough for customers to discard the sticks and avoid paying the full cost of what they ate (!)
In addition to the yummy tapas, there is also a good drink selection.
Note that the restaurant is very small and more suited to small groups of 2/3!
Always a bit hard to review a tapas place without having tried all the tapas but suspect my taste buds would probably have commuted mass suicide at any more boredom ...
Oh and my bank account would have been drained of all resources to feed me again...
It seems Soho is not the only place to have restaurant s that leave one feeling poor and hungry ...
Suspect the best bits of this place are the fact one can sit in the street drinking wine and watching the world go by without looking like one is homeless ...
The most insulting part of a serve yourself restaurant is being charged service charge ... They are quick to remove it ... So maybe just cheeky ...
I want to like Pix because of the concept, but I'm just ambivalent about it.
So how it works is you go in, you take a seat and then you get back up and go and pick whatever you want from the skewered food at the 'bar', restocked regularly, sit down, eat, then go back up to the bar and pick whatever you want from the skewered food at the 'bar, sit down - well, you get the point.
We called ahead and were told they could fit us in. Little did we know they meant literally, could fit four of us into a dark corner, with too-high bar stools and a thin piece of wood nailed on the wall serving as a table. We barely had enough room for ourselves, let alone food and drink.
Nevertheless, we headed up to the bar and were greeted with... well, not much at all. It seems we'd arrived at the tail end of a restock and there were only one or two of most things there, and several displays empty. Our vegetarian friend had to slope off back to our nook and wait as there was nothing there she could have. The rest of us picked up the last of a few things and proceeded back to try and eat balancing things on our knees.
To be fair, once they restocked, the variety was incredible. Plenty of veggie stuff to keep my friend happy, little spicy meatballs, chicken kebabs, a squishy potato cake thing with Mediterranean veg and even a chocolate pot and churro for dessert. It really was something else. If you manage to get a proper table, I can see the appeal big style.
For two of us, the bill came to about £33, which is amazing. Though we found a skewer in a little groove from a previous group which leads me to believe they might have some issues with people paying for everything they've had.
If we were able to book and guarantee a proper table, I'd probably try it again. But that's really the only scenario where I'd come back. I don't think my knees could take being squashed up in that corner again.
Came her with my girlfriend. The atmosphere was very Spanish (which I love). The staff, even though very rushed, ensured that every need was answered.
The food was amazing and their wine recommendation was ideal.
If want a funky after work place to get a bite, this is the place for you.
This made my trip last time I was in London. I already love tapas restaurants, but I think this place really takes the cake! The decor is cozy and perfect, and the tapas are just laid out in front of you when you come in so you can just drool over all the yummy choices. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and the prices are not outrageous. It makes for a great combination of a place that anyone who is a fan of wine and tapas should try, hands down!
Love this pinxto stuff even if I can't pronounce it. You know the deal here, there are sticks with stuff on the end, like roles with Iberian ham, chorizo and cheese, croquetas. You eat what you want, graze, pick up something here, something there and at the end of lunch the waiter counts up your cocktail sticks. In Spain this is a very cheap way of having a leasurely meal. In Spain, these thingies cost €1 - €1.50, this is London so they cost £2 - £3. Figure on Spending £15-20 not including drinks. The tapas/pinxtos are actually rather good.
My love of cold food is well documented. To clarify, I love, love, love spicy food. I just like the temperature of my food cold. Spicy cold food. Sounds disgusting. Tastes delicious.
So you can imagine my excitement when I walked into Pix for a quick lunchtime nibble and rather then having to wait for my tapas to arrive, there were an array of Basque-style pintxos sitting and waiting to be plucked up from the bar. Plump juicy olives, meatballs, quince-coated chorizo on manchego cheese, pork belly with apple and smoked potato, cod and crab croquetas, Iberico ham and zucchini... and that was just in the initial grab-sesh. I noticed a beautiful display of Spanish wines, and as we were the only people sitting along the window, we got to sample a few cocktails they were testing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, hey?
If you've never enjoyed this Northern Spanish treat, pintxos are different from tapas in the way they are presented and eaten. While tapas are more of a sit down, get cosy, fork-frolicing long-term affair, pintxos are more of a social butterfly -- reasonably large, but individual bites consisting of a small slice of bread with a wide variety of Spanish goodness on top, served on a long, thin skewer. (Pintxo = spike. Clever, huh?) If this is blowing your mind, compare pintxos to a sushi-go-round where you're grabbing, nibbling, grabbing again and then being charged per colourful plate, rather than a sit down, order from a menu sushi restaurant. Or you could just go and check it out for yourself! (That goes for Pix and Basque Country alike.)
Having been to Bilbao in northern Spain and experienced the local Pinchos bars this is the first time I have found something similar in London. These bars are basically like wine bars that have plates of single portion foods laid out on the bar. You ask for a plate and then take items from the bar without paying. Pinchos means spike, so all the food is served with a stick in it, this means you settle up when you leave by handing back the sticks from the food you've had.
The food I had was ok, but not to the same standard as that in Spain. There was a fairly limited wine selection too, perhaps 5 bottles of red. Still very nice to find a little taste of Spain like this in London.
This concept is totally refreshing and I'd love to see something similar stateside. The decor is done right - exposed filament lighting, lots of what appears to be reclaimed wood and the entire front of the space is glass so you can people watch as shoppers pass through Covent Garden. It is b r i l l i a n t!!!
Numerous savory and sweet dishes are laid out for your enjoyment - tapas style! Every small dish that we sampled was full of flavor. My only complaint is that at the time there were a large amount of fritters, which are of course fried...BUT all the food is on a rotation so you can just sit back and enjoy another glass of wine while you wait for some new selections.
The following items were consumed (in order of tastiness):
- Seared Tuna on toasted bread
- Chorizo w/ manchego Cheese
- Ham and tomato on toasted bread (lovely thing strips of smoked ham)
- Spinach and Sweet Potato 'cakes'
- Aubergine Fritter w/ Cherry Tomato
- Olives and tomatos
There is a bit of an honor system involved. Each selection comes with a 'pick' stuck in them and this is how your meal is totalled up at the end of your grazing session. I highly recommend this spot - if you are in the area you MUST try it.
I love the concept of this place! The space itself is well designed, the drink options are well thought out, and the little tapas are all really flavorful!
We popped in on a whim, grabbed a glass of wine, and sampled about 5 different items. You get to go up to the bar and pick up the plates of the dishes you want (each is just a few bites), and the idea is that you collect your sticks as you go which are then added up at the end for your tab. Simplest is always best and we loved the jamon on the toast. Perfect way to start a night of bar hopping in Soho!
This tiny tapas bar opened recently in Covent Garden, taking the place of one of Neal Street's old cake shops. Initially it doesn't look like much - the few tapas samples sitting out in the window didn't particularly tempt me - but having been persuaded in by a friend I was very glad I gave it a try.
The wine here is served in authentic Spanish style stemless glasses, and is probably the best thing about Pix. There's a good selection of top quality stuff, at reasonable prices. The pintxos themselves are also pretty good, tasty and fresh, and made a great accompaniment to the wine.
The best time to visit this branch of Pix is in the summer, when you can sit out on the pavement in the bustle of Neal Street's shoe shopping crowd. We felt like we could easily have been in Madrid or Barcelona as we say there enjoying Pintxos on a sunny spring day. Great for an antidote to shopping!
Pix gets pretty busy and lively on Friday and Saturday nights, so be there early to avoid disappointment (table space is quite limited). But the staff are really accommodating and offered us two whole plates of free tapas after a bottle of wine (which they also replaced) was corked. Definitely above the call of duty!
Walked in off the street without any previous knowledge and was pleasantly surprised. The food is displayed at the front of the restaurant and you go up and pick and mix what you want. I was a bit iffy of the idea at the beginning, but once i got eating... It was great ( I even went back up for more). The staff are great and one girl (the manager, I think) even took the time to chat amicably with me during a quiet afternoon. Hope to go back again.
Popped in last Saturday afternoon for our first visit to Pix. A warm welcome and quick explanation of how the stick counting works from the young lad on duty. We had window seats at the very front of the restaurant, which was just perfect for people watching.
Had some lovely cocktails and the tapas was great. More fresh food was delivered up to the bar every few minutes and I had to really stop myself from over-indulging.
Would have given 5 stars but the barman completely forgot to bring us a round of drinks. He was very apologetic when I eventually managed to get his attention and remind him and they were all rushed off their feet. But overall, very good.
Great place to stop by if you can't decide what to eat, but want to try everything! I haven't come across many pintxos places here in London, but Pix is definitely a good find. Situated in the middle of a bunch of shoe shops in Covent Garden, it's quite unassuming. Would recommend checking it out at lunch or early evening so you can snatch a seat. The pintxos were about £2.50-3, complemented by a stellar wine list. The staff are very nice as well. I'm kind of hoping that it doesn't get too popular because it is such a cute, small space!
Always a favourite, with a wide variety of good food. All cheesy tapas are a must, but be careful not to be carried away otherwise out will end up to be an expensive night. Reservation might be necessary as it's mostly busy.
excellent and intimate, a real find. It is small you take your chances if you drop in on spec, however you can book in advance if you have a party night in mind.
Great atmosphere and great food! I ate here with my cousin when I tagged along on her recent business trip to London and apparently she eats here whenever she is in London. We sat in the window, enjoyed wine and nibbled at the different tapas dishes came out. They keep bringing out new dishes so eat slowly and and wait to see what else is coming out. If I lived in London, this would definitely be a go to spot for me
Fun and relaxed atmosphere. Good food and wine - I loved the way the tapas were spread out on the bar for people to pick what they want. This is a great place for a drink, a snack, or both!
Great tapas, really friendly staff and great cocktail and wine list.
I went to Pix with my Spanish girlfriend on Thursday 18.11.2010 at about 10pm. We went in and asked for a Mojito. Alas, no mint was left. So we asked for a Caipi. The guy at the bar took the 'phone, made a call and told us that there was no lime left. That was when we left.
Tip top! Great way to serve self service tapas and a relaxed atmosphere. Wine glasses could use a polish! Great place for a date
My partner came across this place.There two Pix Bars in London. We went to the Pix Bar at Soho, the other one is at Covent Garden. There used to be another one in Westbourne Grove as well, but it is now closed down. Another bar/cafe has taken its place. Every time I pass by, it is packed. It must be good. I am sure to pay a visit there sometime too. We got there around 3pm, so lunch time was over and it was pretty empty. I heard it does get really busy during lunch and dinner times. For the price and the food served, Pix-Bar will be on low-mid end food bar. Food was well made and tasted good, however nothing to shout about. Very affordable. Within £30 we able to have 8 pintxos and half a bottle of Manzanilla. Excellent place to get together with some friends for some drinks and nibbles. Definitely recommend it. I will definitely come here again. However, I will also like to try its sister bar at Covent Garden. I will write all about it when I do. thehungrybea.com/2012/02… TheHungryBea.com
This is one of those places you almost don't want to review in case a barrage of new business ruins the experience, but on the other hand, it deserves the credit. What an awesome place there are others, one in soho, but the atmosphere, the gorgeous and friendly staff, the food and the mojitos make this place unbeatable. Based around Catalan tapas, the food is to die for, and the idea of each dish having a tooth"pick" which is how they charge for the food, genius. Highly recommend the meatball dish and fried balls! I now come here about once a fortnight and it's great for dates/ informal business meetings/ or catching up with friends. Try and get a table near the front though,the back can be quite loud if there's a party on.
Had such a great time here! The food was good (not mind-blowing, but good!), the place is crowded, but fun. It's a nice, affordable, buzzy place. Really enjoyed it.
Went to pix in soho on Thursday! Great place! Really nice atmosphere, great food affordable and super friendly staff! Will be back!
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