For a number of years, I have been on the hunt for the best steak in London. As mentioned in an earlier post, steak is my absolute favourite food. So far, I have been to Gauchos, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill and Marco Pierre White‘s Steak & Alehouse.
Last Friday, I went to Hawksmoor. Specifically, the Hawksmoor in Seven Dials (which is one of my favourite places in London anyway!). It was Mal’s birthday at the end of February and, having heard a number of fantastic reviews, we decided to give it a go. Well, it certainly lived up to our expectations.
We started off with cocktails – a ‘Fancy Gin Cocktail’ for me and a ‘Hawksmoor Collins’ for Mal. Mine was a little bit strong but pretty good nonetheless and Mal’s was immense. He definitely had one-up on me on the ordering at that point!!
As it was a birthday meal, we decided to have a full three courses. To start, I had ‘Potted Beef & Bacon with Yorkshires’. The Yorkshire puddings were massive – I really wish I had taken a photo because I have never seen any that big before! Despite being a portion larger than most main meals, it was delicious. Mal had ‘Tamworth Belly Ribs’ and quickly announced that they were the best ribs he had ever had.
Our waiter gave us all the information on their various different steaks and we decided to go for individual options. When we saw the women next to us tucking into a shared Chateaubriand we began to wonder if we had made a mistake. We needn’t have worried, however, our steaks were delicious. I had the most buttery fillet steak ever and, while Mal’s bone-in sirloin was a little bit overdone, he was also very satisfied! We also ordered mash potato and triple cooked chips. I should probably dedicate the next few lines to telling you all about the steaks, but I really want to tell you about the sides! The chips were fantastic – the outside was so crispy and yet the middle was like mash potato. I’m not sure I’ve ever had chips quite that good. And the mash potato was amazing. I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to mash potato and while Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill still takes first prize, Hawksmoor’s mash comes in a very close second.
We were both pretty full by this point and, while Mal quite wanted the popcorn ice-cream that came with the Salted Chocolate & Caramel Tart, we decided to opt for sorbets instead!
So, is Hawksmoor the best steak in London? I’m not sure. It was delicious and I’d love to go back, but there are so many fantastic steak restaurants in London that it is really hard to pick a favourite. Thinking about it, the best idea would probably be to visit them all on consecutive evenings. That way, I could make a fully informed judgement. Although I’m not sure that the bank balance could handle it! All in all, I would definitely recommend a visit. I think if / when I return to Hawksmoor, I would be interested in trying one of their other locations as the menus vary slightly and perhaps I might even suggest a joint meal next time.