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