The Hawksmoor is a vegetarian’s nightmare. Claiming to serve the best steak in London, I had to go and see if the Hawksmoor could live up to such an assertion. The plate-sized cuts of meat definitely did not fail to deliver.
I went to the Hawksmoor, Guildhall, which was named by Tatler the best new restaurant of 2011(there are also branches in Seven Dials and Spitalfields – each with their own slightly different features). There is a main restaurant, bar and private dining room, all with wooden panels and leather seating: imagine a gentleman’s club. Seeing as the staff are fairly strict about arriving on time for bookings, it’s probably worth turning up early and enjoying a drink first.
The meat comes from Longhorn cattle, reared in North Yorkshire…
My waiter recommended choosing a few steaks and having them carved to share in the middle of the table. However, I opted for an individual steak: definitely not to be done if you’re not a serious eater.
Every cut of steak imaginable is on offer; Bone in Prime Rib, T-bone, Porterhouse and Chateaubriand to name a few. The meat comes from Longhorn cattle, reared in North Yorkshire, hung for 35 days and cooked on a charcoal grill; it simply melts in your mouth. Although the meat is the menu’s main attraction, extras include half a native lobster with hazelnut butter, heavenly triple cooked chips, lobster macaroni cheese and a stilton hollandaise sauce, which I didn’t want to ever finish.
…trotter baked beans, grilled bone marrow and the challenge of unlimited toast.
For the adventurous and inquisitive, there is a six course beef tasting menu, which includes tongue and tail salad, beef dripping chips and suet sticky toffee pudding. However, the Hawksmoor isn’t just a place to go for dinner; they also claim to do the best breakfasts in London: this restaurant doesn’t seem to do anything by half. The breakfast for two (£35) includes trotter baked beans, grilled bone marrow and the challenge of unlimited toast. Maybe one to try another time!
An extra bonus of the Hawksmoor is that The Monday Wine Cub allows you to bring your own wine for £5 corkage. With steaks starting at £28 (extras not included), this is probably worth doing to save you a bit of money. However, I must admit, I didn’t grudge a single penny I paid because this really was an incredible steak and experience!