About Time You Tried: London’s Best SteaksBy Angelica Malin
Looking for the best steak in London? Well, you’re in luck. So, you’re in the mood for meat, and specifically a great big juicy steak. You’ve certainly got a lot of options in London choose from, but these five are the absolute top steakhouses in the capital. We say, combine your meal with some after dinner entertainment to make for a perfect evening out:
What: Since its opening in 2006, Hawksmoor in Spitalfields has been making quite a name for itself. Winning numerous awards and generating a huge amount of buzz, this Spitalfields restaurant one of the most popular steakhouses in not just London but the UK. They now have a total of seven restaurants in the UK and are due to open their first in America in 2017, in New York in the World Trade Center.
Eat: The chefs of Hawksmoor pride themselves on the quality of their beef, which is locally sourced from renowned London butcher The Ginger Pig, who owns their own 3,000 acre pasture in North Yorkshire. This is considered as the best steak in London; the list of breeds and cuts you can sample here is impressive. Longhorn is a favourite and always available but you’ll also find several guest breeds. The staff are renowned for their excellent knowledge and service, so just ask them to explain what is on offer.
Enjoy: If you visit Hawksmoor Spitalfields for lunch, then the market is an obvious choice for some post steak exercise. It is London’s oldest market as there have been traders on the Spitalfields site for 350 years. Originally located on the outskirts of what was then London, King Charles first gave a license for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on the area known as Spittle Fields.
Where: Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157A Commercial St, London E1 6BJ and Old Spitalfields Market Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW
What: The Heliot Steak house sits within the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square and overlooks the main casino gaming floor. Judged as the best steak restaurant in London by the customers of Bookable, this 150 cover eatery not only delivers impressive food but outstanding views and atmosphere – and what provides a better place to people watch than a casino?
Eat: Heliot is a steak house at heart, but you’ll also find lots of foodie treats of the non-beef variety. The menu has been created by award winning chef Ioannis Grammenos and boasts some great value USDA prime steaks – probably the best steak in London. They have a range of toppings and a choice of eight sauces to keep every visit interesting. If you have room left, you must try their famous Millionaire’s Mac and Cheese, which is topped with a poached duck egg and black truffle.
Enjoy: You’re in the UK’s largest and most popular casino, you know where we suggest that you go! Widely recognised as the most famous entertainment landmark in the capital, the Hippodrome has four floors of casino gaming, live music and cabaret to choose from. As well as your usual casino offerings, there are some unique treats. If poker is your game, you can visit the PokerStars LIVE room, the only of its kind in the UK, where a state-of-the-art venue offers its guests cash games and tournaments. It also plays host to prestigious live poker tours and event series such as the UKIPT. If you’re nervous about playing live, PokerStars also offers free poker games online where you can practice beforehand, using either real or play money. If you’re looking for something a little cheekier, then we’d suggest Lola’s Underground Casino, an underground casino in the same venue that places entertainment at the forefront of its offering. It’s not for patrons with a prudish disposition, so expect scantily clad dancers.
Where: The Heliot Steakhouse, 14 Cranbourn Street, London WC2H 7JH
Photo Credit: Piotr Kowalczyk
What: Awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, Zoilo offers its diners Argentinian classics in a bare-brick, stool-lined restaurant. Its open kitchen style screams “we’re good at what we do, and we want you to see it”. Found in Marylebone, Zoilo has been credited as a hidden gem in London. Although it’s hard to book, walk-ins are possible.
Eat: Although it’s famous for its deconstructed, small-plate style Argentinian cooking, steaks are what has really put this restaurant on the map for Londoners. Seriously, here you will find the best steak in London – their steaks are prepped using the sous vide method, where they’re cooked in vacuumed plastic pouches at controlled temperatures to give the meat an ideal texture and then blasted on the grill. They are scrumptious while their other small plates are also delightful and creative, with meat but also a few vegetarian options on this restaurant’s a la carte menu.
Enjoy: Marylebone has been a fashionable area of London for quite some time, so there are plenty of places for you to choose from, but we’d suggest that you try the Marylebone itself. A TimeOut We Love London awards winner, this venue has been delighting their guests with cocktail concoctions of unique makings. Unlike many bars, The Marylebone makes dozens of infusions to serve in their cocktails and as standalone drinks. Go and try their mango vodka, cherry rum and clementine gin. We also appreciate their several cocktail offers which beat the rising cost of drinking in London, such as the ever-popular “two for one”.
Where: Zoilo, 9 Duke Street London W1U 3EG and The Marylebone, 93 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4RE
What: If you’ve always wanted to eat in an American style steakhouse but haven’t made the journey over to the states yet, then the Goodman in Mayfair might be just the place for you. This is actually a Russian-owned restaurant, but they’ve certainly nailed the American style with leather booths, dark-wood panelling, bar counters and very friendly staff.
Eat: The Goodman dry ages their meet on site, six tonnes of it to be precise. There’s meat from the UK, Nebraska, Italy and further afield on offer. You can go for a modest 250g fillet, or all out with an American 400g rib eye. Almost as good as its steaks are the Goodman’s thick, salty chips – perfect for dipping into the excess juices from the meat. If you’re a wine lover, The Goodman has sourced wine from 30 different suppliers, and its staff is expertly trained to help you select the right one for you and your meal.
Enjoy: If you’re a tourist in London you may want to check out a local landmark and Piccadilly Circus is just a ten minute walk away from the Goodman in Mayfair. A road junction in London’s West End built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly, the circus has links to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue and is close to the City’s main shopping area. Take in a show, do some late night shopping, just try not to get overwhelmed by the crowds of people.
Where: Goodman Mayfair, 24-26 Maddox St, London W1S 1QH and Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET
What: Sitting next to the Thames with views of the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, High Timber has an impressive setting and menu to boot. This is a modern and neutral restaurant. Low ceilings, plain wooden furniture and large windows serve only to draw attention to the main event – the fantastic location.
Eat: Made from 28-day-matured Cumbrian beef, sirloin and rib eye steaks are the star attractions here. You can enjoy your steak with a range of sources from traditional béarnaise to something more interesting such as biltong butter (biltong is a South African cured meat, surely inspired by the owners’ South African roots).
Enjoy: You’re so close to Millennium Bridge it seems a shame not to walk off your steak dinner with a stroll down the South Bank. The London Eye, Globe Theatre, as well as a two-mile procession of arts and entertainment venues and events will make for perfect after dinner entertainment.
Where: High Timber, 8 High Timber St, London EC4V 3PA and South Bank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
So there you have it. If steak is what you’re craving, these are five of the top choices in the capital. Accompany your meal with an evening out and don’t be afraid to try some of the most creative options. Bon appetit!