A London Classic | Hawksmoor

I’ve never heard or read a bad word about Hawksmoor, and it’s one of the finest steak houses in the capital. And if you haven’t been, the rumors are true – Hawksmoor steaks are bloody brilliant.

But alas, brilliant things often come at a cost, and their steaks aren’t cheap. BUT I chanced upon a bargain with Bookatable, for a a three-course meal with a cocktail for only £30 a head. So I just had to book Scott and I in – we’re both big on steak, who isn’t?

Hawksmoor Seven Dials is an underground cavern, but it’s a beautiful thing, from the black marble staircase, to the bare brick walls and the art deco chandeliers. We kicked our Saturday lunch off with our complementary cocktails: A Tom and Jerez for me, and an Hawksmoor Cup for him.

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We began the meal with the potted beef and bacon, served with yorkshires and onion gravy. The portion is more then generous (but don’t worry, I managed just fine). The potted beef itself is tender, but not quite smooth enough to call it a paté.  The yorkshires are soft and fluffy, but they’re also quite thick so can mask the flavours coming through the potted meat.

Side note: if you’re ordering à la carte, get the scallops. They’re served in their shells and roasted in port, garlic and butter. SO GOOD.

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Next the main, and I think that going to Hawksmoor and not having steak is like going to theatre and ending up seeing Disney on ice. My rump was perfect, charred on the outside and tender and juicy inside. I ordered a pot of Bearnaise sauce with the packed full of flavour and was the perfect creamy indulgence that was needed to accompany the beef.

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We also opted for a side of triple-cooked chips, creamed spinach, and mac and cheese – because if you’re going to go to hawksmoor, you have go for it. Their sides aren’t an after thought, and I adore their mac n cheese. It’s more milky than creamy and the sauce doesn’t suffocate the pasta shells.

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This is not the place to go if you’ve got a holiday coming up (and have to fit in a itty bitty bikini), and neither of us could manage desert but we powered on. I went for the peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream. The ice cream was overly salted, which says a lot coming from me as I love salt and tip buckets of the stuff onto everything I eat.

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Our meal at Hawksmoor, including an extra side, a sauce each, service, came to a very reasonable £77. Needless to say at this price, I’ll definitely be coming back with Bookatable soon.

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Hawksmoor Seven Dials, 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG

 

 

 

Eight Things I Ate This November

I kicked this month off my heading to a local favourite, The Winchmore. They do a killer Sunday roast and one where the trimmings aren’t an after thought. Get the Roasted Belly Pork, I promise you you don’t be disappointed.

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Jones & Sons have recently relocated to Gillet Street. They boast a banging boozy bottomless brunch where both of the food AND drinks are bottomless. Wants not to love? If you’re a big group be sure you book in advance otherwise you’ll leave disappointed.

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I had dinner last week with a friend from college, Serena, at Gunpowder in Spitalfields. If you haven’t been you seriously need to add it to your wish list. They serve Indian small plates which have been crafted to perfection. If there’s one thing you on the menu that you have to order, it’s the Aloo Chat – a dish where potatoes sing with Garam Masala and dressed in creamy yoghurt and topped with fried onions and chickpeas.

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Scott and I headed to Franco Manca before hitting up the Fantastic Beasts. They serve up some of the best pizza’s in London, I adore their Sourdough bases and their a bargain at between £5-£9.

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This month I was taken out on a client lunch and got the opportunity to head to Hawksmoor – A place I’ve been dying to try it out since I started working in London. The rumors are true, Hawksmoor steaks are brilliant. I opted for the Fillet Steak, which just melted in the month. And, their starters are every bit as good – the Roast Scallops were served piping hot on the shell were delicious.

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Clerkenwell Grind is the newest member of the Grind family. Scott and I headed to their soft launch earlier in April and raved about it. Their drinks and delicious food will have you reaching for your camera for every dish. Breakfast includes treats like Kimchee and Mushroom Croquettes and French-Toast Banana Bread, and during their Dinner service they tempt you with delights such as, the Sweet Potato Harissa Cakes with a Duck Egg and Truffle Tagliolini.

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I love baking and my cupboard is full of every type of flour and sugar available. But sometimes I like to mix it up and try healthy alternatives. This month I made a Carrot Cake with a twist, it’s got no refined sugar and I’ve sweetened the cake naturally using mashed banana and pure maple syrup. It’s so yummy and moist, if you have a spare afternoon I highly recommend making this bake.

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I’m not sure how I’ve managed it, but it’s taken me until now to try Dishoom. It’s regularly voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in London and I finally get the hype. I headed there for brunch one weekend in October for my dad’s birthday and it was bloody delicious. They serve up a Bombay-inspired breakfast offering spiced versions on your traditional breakfast grub. Keep your eye out for my full review coming soon…

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