Cows of dreams
It’s the one dish you’re almost certain to find on restaurant menus regardless of the season, and whether you live on the edge with a blue fillet or play it safe with a medium-well sirloin, a juicy steak is a failsafe choice when eating out in London. The fact we hold these humble slabs so close to our hearts means we’re a discerning bunch, and only the most pampered cows and meticulously hung, aged and prepared steaks will do. Whether it’s lathered with sauce and a side of fries or served straight up, check out some of our favourite steaks in London for dining that’s a cut above the competition.
1. Hawksmoor Seven Dials Book Hawksmoor
Whispers of ‘best steak in London’ have been bandied about ever since Hawksmoor opened the doors of its flagship Spitalfields restaurant in 2007. A worldwide search for the finest meat for their menu led owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott to the conclusion that British was best, and a home-grown menu features cherry-picked porterhouses, chateaubriands and t-bones, all bought by weight and ideal for sharing… or likewise consuming entirely. Pimp your meat with sides like fried eggs, bone marrow, or garlic butter-doused lobster, and wash it all down with quirky signature cocktails, with the list described as a ‘purist’s delight’ by The Times newspaper.
Offer: 2 courses £25, 3 courses £28
2. New Street Grill Book New Street Grill
New Street Grill
A relatively new London restaurant from veteran group D&D, New Street Grill is a plush, sultry spot just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station. Set within a lovingly-restored 18th-century warehouse that formerly housed the East India Company, this history-bursting site is now decked out in aubergine leather, spruced-up parquet flooring and imposing glass wine vaults (that hold over 350 bottles). The menu is vast, with a famed josper grill section serving up faves like Heron’s Farm beef fillet (in various weights), chateaubriand or Black Angus New York strip. A walled courtyard area complete with canopy shelter and toasty fleecy blankets means guests can dine al fresco even when there’s a chill in the air.
3. Heliot Book Heliot
Place your bets! The flagship restaurant of the ultra-glam Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square is a beefy haven overlooking the Vegas-style bustle of the gaming floor. Steak is serious biz at Heliot: USDA Prime cuts are sourced from across the pond, and with less than 2% of US beef making the grade, you’re sure to be feasting on a rare breed. Cocktails are similarly tempting: sip them during a break from the exhilarating gaming tables.
City, Canary Wharf, Mayfair
Goodman (image by Goodman Restaurants)
Cooking steak is something of an art form at Goodman restaurants in London. Meats are sourced from as far and wide as Nebraska and Italy, dry-aged on site in a temperature-controlled, dehumidified lair, and cooked in a charcoal oven permanently maintained at 375-400 degrees. Ever sticklers for the finest produce available, Goodman also scout out their wine list from 30 different suppliers.
5. Gaucho Piccadilly Book Gaucho
Gaucho Piccadilly (image by Join London)
A member of the formidable Gaucho empire, the Piccadilly outpost teams unabashed glamour with its chunky-cut meat slabs. Clad in its instantly-recognisable cowhide getup and strewn with chandeliers and chequerboard patterns, the dining room is a befitting spot for its luxury menu. Think Argentinian meat cuts from cattle that graze exclusively on the lush Pampas, with sirloin, rump, fillet and rib eye cut to masterful precision and served a variety of ways.
6. MASH Book MASH
Named Best Restaurant by the London Lifestyle Awards, MASH is a stripped-back North American-style steakhouse filled with chargrilled-mahogany and rare-red booths. Cherry picking cuts from across the globe, steaks span from dry-aged Denmark beef, to Australian Wagyu, and moreish sides include bone marrow, and signature MASH potatoes with onions and bacon.
7. Caxton Grill Book Caxton Grill
St James’s Park
Caxton Grill presents a lesson in how to do steak right, with bountiful praise enjoyed across the capital. Found within the plush St Ermin’s hotel (the lobby is definitely worth a look), Caxton is an on-trend yet unassuming haunt, decked out in clashing fabrics, bold artwork and swathes of velvet. When it comes to the food at Caxton Grill: mini works of culinary art are served alongside chunky ‘vintage cuts’ of meat.
8. STK London Book STK London
A pulsating NYC-style steakhouse in the heart of the West End, STK London is a hive of glamour, with a perpetually clubby vibe felt regardless of the day of the week. The brainchild of acclaimed New York designers, Foster + Partners, the dining room features violet lighting, white leather and ethereal flower arrangements, and bass-heavy background music. Sourced from a cherry-picked fleet of British farmers, prime steak cuts fall into Small, Medium and Large categories, while a ‘speciality’ selection includes a much-lauded ‘Wagyu’ range.
9. Flat Iron
Flat Iron (image by Flat Iron)
When the steak’s as good as at Flat Iron, you can get away with the stripped-backness of shabby exposed brickwork, simple communal bench seating and reclaimed enamel lampshades. The menu’s as base as the design, with the namesake flat iron steak cooked however you like it, and a smattering of classic, homely sides meaning it’s an indecisive diner’s dream. The steak is tender enough for you to do away with the standard utensils, however you’re given a cute mini meat cleaver to use rather than a steak knife. No reservations means you might have to wait a little for your cow fix: but never fear, as Flat Iron’s adjoining bars do a mean cocktail, and lip-lickingly-good doughnuts.
10. JW Steakhouse Book JW Steakhouse
Smack bang in the heart of well-heeled Mayfair, JW Steakhouse prides itself on offering some of the best available beef on Earth: namely dry-aged USDA cuts. Boasting an encyclopedia of meat cuts and complementing wines, the JW menu features failsafes like rib eye and porterhouse, as well as the lesser-known Kansas City strip, and the signature tomahawk: served in dramatic style with the huge rib bone. An on-site bourbon bar takes JW from distinguished, to fully-fledged gentleman’s-club sleek.