Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

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The SW3 version of this mini-chain of excellent steakhouses plays to a Knightsbridge crowd, with luxury seafood a major part of the otherwise meaty menu.

Anyone remember Frankie’s? It was a bizarre – yet bizarrely fun – place; a dark, windowless basement, with garish tiles and giant disco balls, serving pizza to a party-loving Knightsbridge crowd. Well, Frankie’s is gone, and in its place stands the latest branch of Hawksmoor, which couldn’t be more different. In true SW3 fashion, it’s had a facelift and splurged on a new wardrobe, now combining ‘classic Hawksmoor’ (leather seating, a ‘clubby’ vibe) with plenty for the ultra-wealthy local clientele (pale marble, gorgeous loos).

The menu is even more noticeably ‘Knightsbridge’, with meat playing second fiddle to luxury seafood – from oysters and caviar (with or without frozen vodka) to crustacea, including all manner of lobsters. We sampled a trio of fat, garlicky Palamós prawns (with sourdough toast for mopping up the juices), a plate of zingy seabass tiradito and a messy but delicious devilled lobster, smothered in a Sriracha-meets-sweet chilli sauce. The non-seafood dishes were just as memorable though: from a rich, gooey mac ’n’ cheese, to a beautifully chargrilled rib-eye steak, a deliciously light Caesar salad, or the ‘Ferrero Rocher’ – an indulgent tennis ball-sized pud with dark chocolate ganache, three kinds of hazelnut (mousse, ice cream and brittle) and a spot of gold leaf. Oh, Hawksmoor, you really are spoiling us.


When you also consider the expert cocktails, thoughtful wine list and exceptional service, this new branch has a lot going for it. Just watch the bill – it adds up faster than Carol Vorderman after three espressos.

Venue name: Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
Contact:
Address: 3 Yeoman’s Row
London
SW3 2AL
Opening hours: Lunch noon-3pm, Dinner 5-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Sat. All day noon-9.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: South Kensington or Knightsbridge
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £150. Set meal (noon-3pm, 5-6pm, Mon-Sat) £24 2 courses £26 3 courses
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Lucy H

I have never seen a yorkshire pud like I have in Hawksmoor!  Wow! We visited for Sunday lunch and it was the perfect treat. I also felt adventurous and tried bone marrow for the first time, and if you going to do it anywhere then this is the place. Great atmosphere, great staff and the best yorkshires in town!