Run by chef Heinrich Koen and his wife, Christina, House of H has been a constant reminder that Loop street remains as cool as Bree. Don’t let the grungy, anti establishment appearance put you off, House of H is not another dive bar and if you’re a morning coffee or dinner for a crowd, this spot has you covered.
The menu takes a very BBQ-forward approach, there is a slow-cooked brisket sandwich alongside simply grilled sirloin and rump steaks, as well as burgers and winning wings, which are deep-fried and served with a sweet, spicy dipping sauce. The dish everyone talks about, though, is the oyster mushroom burger and it’s easy to see why. A hefty chunk of mushroom is thrown on the open flames and brushed with a herby basting sauce, before being topped with haloumi and sandwiched on a ciabatta roll. The result is a decidedly meaty (vegetarian) burger, with pleasing chewiness and char. The fish and chips are also great, with a generous serving of perfectly-crisp hake. If you have space for dessert (we didn’t) they offer brownies and waffles as a sweet ending.
Expect to see a good offering of local beers, served ice cold and straight from the bottle. This maybe isn’t the spot for the discerning wine drinker, but you certainly won’t be disappointed with the wine options.
The only thing to know about House of H is their style of service – in that there isn't one. You’re given a card on entry, which you take with you to order your drinks and food. It takes some getting used to at first, but once you know what you’re doing, the system is pretty straightforward.
It’s loud, rowdy and fun – perfect for a good night out.
The rooftop bar is the place to be when the weather is clear.
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