Hawksmoor’s younger sibling brings superior steak and cocktails to W4.
Unless you're absolutely minted, the chances are you’ll never live close to a Hawksmoor. Never fear: the people behind the temple to steak have been rolling out its younger sibling Foxlow to the ‘burbs, with sites in Stokey, Balham and this one replacing Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick. It might not carry the same kudos as its older bro, but the steaks are from the same farm (the Ginger Pig in Yorkshire) so it’s the closest thing you can get round these parts. You’ll still have to shell out for quality cow, though: my rib-bib-eye cost £23 before fries (£3.50), but it tasted like money well spent for what was a fine piece of meat, perfectly cooked to order.
Not everything’s so meaty – deep-fried spiced squid and hummus, with a drizzle of green harissa were consistent small plates. Sadly, puddings were disappointing on both the occasions we visited.
Foxlow hasn’t done anything dramatic to the spacious interior since the team took over. The light and airy front bar remains a good spot for cocktails, but if you’re a local hankering after steak, this is as good as it gets in W4.
|Venue name:||Foxlow Chiswick||Contact:|
11 Barley Mow Passage
|Transport:||Tube: Chiswick Park or Turnham Green tube|
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Coming from the same people who created The Hawksmoor, you'd expect nothing less than proper, meaty, well-done food. You won't be disappointed.
The restaurant itself is stylish, rustic and relaxed in a classy, old-school, type way, with high ceilings and attention to detail.
We had a lovely, boozy, chilled-out meal here while reading the Sunday papers.
My hubby had the fried chicken on waffle with sausage sauce. He said it's the best fried chicken he's ever had. After tasting it, I agree. I've already decided that when I go back, I'm having what he had. The skin was crispy and divine and the chicken was succulent.
I ordered the sausage, egg and cheese on muffin which was delicious. Getting a burger patty rather than a sausage was a very welcome surprise, and the egg was sufficiently bright and runny.
We also shared a mac 'n cheese side. It was rich, cheesy, and with a crunchy top. So yum.
Drinks-wise, we opted for the bottomless Bloody Mary's. For £14.50 it's a good offer- especially because they are properly done by a pro (we sat opposite the bar in a booth and saw him lovingly make them). Apparently the record is 7 bloody Mary's in one sitting. We managed 6 each somehow. (We had a very long walk after!)
What let it down and hence only 4 stars not 5, was a moment of sloppy service. Our waitress took down a wrong order- she apologised for the mishap later- but another waitress who brought our food seemed rather unimpressed when we- politely-pointed out the mistake. Instead of the expected 'sorry about that, I'll have the right dish for you shortly', she didn't say anything and walked off with the offending dish and a grumpy face. (We actually apologised to her for the inconvenience because we were so thrown by her reaction!).
We didn't see her again and the correct dish was brought about 10 minutes later. So we both really enjoyed our meals, albeit not entirely at the same time.
All in all, despite the service blip, it was a fantastic experience and I'm looking forward to going back to try the Sunday roast. And drink 7 Bloody Mary's.
Five stars for the food.
I'm a big fan of Hawkesmoor so was excited to see how this more relaxed version compared. There a good bar and split level dining. We sat upstairs in a booth which i'd recommend asking for. The waitress recommended the buttermilk chicken and it was one of the finest i'd had outside of the US. I'm not a big desert person but the honey nut popcorn really hit the spot. Great place for a relaxed work lunch or a fun evening with friends.