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Blacklock City

Restaurants, Steakhouse City of London
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4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Blacklock City
Paul Winch-Furness

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

New branch of trendy British chop house.

Branches of restaurants that open in the banker haven that is the City of London do not, as a rule, make you want to yell: ‘Sweet Jesus those are reasonable prices!’ Well, unless by ‘reasonable’, you mean ‘wallet-murderingly nightmarish’.

So as soon as you sit down in the second opening from Blacklock – the trendy take on a British chop house that’s won shedloads of plaudits for its Soho branch – it’s hard not to like the place. There’s a range of cocktails for a fiver each, a set menu for £20 per head and top quality chops of meat for four quid a pop. The vibe is relaxed and cool: the post-industrial vibe of the basement features Nike Air-clad staff handjiving with each other to the funky background music. Plus there’s silly touches like meat-based puns scrawled on mirrors in lipstick (which is cute even if we’re not sure anyone wants to look at a face that’s so covered in meat grease you could roll a tallow candle on it). It’s laidback, fun and buzzy.

The food is also great. The melty, crusted beef is a real highlight, and while side dishes sound like plates you’d expect to find on a list of ‘Things You’d Only Barbecue If You’re A Crackpot’ (think: chicory, baby gem lettuce), they turn out to be smoky things of beauty. The downsides? A bread and butter pudding that was so lacking in cream it could have been a pannetone they’d crisped up in the oven, and a waitress who occasionally (occasionally) tipped over from casual into slightly overfamiliar (‘Hi there sweet things!’)

But in truth, there’s not a lot wrong with this place. It’s almost too cool, too affordable for sharp-suited expense-account crowd. But for those of us actually paying for ourselves, it’s pretty damn great.

 

Details

Address: 13 Philpot Lane
Monument
London
EC3M 8AA
Transport: Tube: Monument.
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £85.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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tastemaker

We came here based on the reputation of the restaurant based in Soho. The decor and the finishing touches certainly added to the experience of dining in this subterranean cave. 


The Pig's Head on Sourdough and Coal Roasted Scallops were the perfect starters for the feast to await us. See the attached photos. 


The 'All In' with skinny chops of beef, lamb and pork was probably the most sought after item on the menu. The flatbread served with it was positively drenched in meat juice. The Kale and Parmesan shone as a side. 


The service was unfailingly polite and obliging. With £5 cocktails, this place can not fail to be a hit in the City. 




tastemaker

There were enough chops on the table to please a Filipino family barbecue and my companions couldn’t be happier. Due to the size of our group, it was easier to do the “All In” which gives us all the Pre Chop Bites, which were like little soft tacos of either cheese and pickle, pig’s head and kimchee, or egg and anchovy. These weren’t particularly stand out in flavour, but the pig’s head and kimchee wasn’t bad. You then get all of the day’s skinny beef, lamb and pork chops piled high like a Viking feasting board on top of coal flatbread with a side of your choosing. Clearly a NSFV (Not Safe For Vegetarians/Vegans meal. I have to say that I didn’t think that the meat here was particularly outstanding. My chops were a little dry; however, it isn’t a bad deal for £20/head. The beef dripping chips are tasty and crispy and the sides of salad doesn’t hurt when you’re on such a high injection of carcinogens and protein…especially if it’s covered with stilton cheese. Yum. Don’t forget sauces - that garlic marrow spread is pretty delicious, but then again, I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for marrow.


Tip: they offer an “all in” Sunday roast with all the trimmings for £20/head


Good For: big groups, celebrations, date night, catch up with friends. 
tastemaker

If you love red meat then this is one for you. The restaurant is in the basement so you have no idea what to expect until you get downstairs. I was surprised by the amount of tables and how big it was, but my favourite thing about the restaurant was the retro drinks trolley- fab idea.

I really did like everything about this place, from the staff to the food and everything in between. Certain cocktails are also only a fiver so actually quite a bargain.

Go for the sharing plate which is £20 per person and gives you a range of chops to try and includes a side each. Good value for money and leaves you very full. Only thing that let it down was the salad which I wasn’t a fan of, shouldn’t have tried to be good and just gone for chips!

Overall, a great place which caters for all (well apart from vegetarians haha)!

tastemaker

I have been to both the City Blacklock and the Soho one, and personally, I prefer the Soho branch. The service is a lot warmer and the food tastes better. The main issue I had with the food here is that it was WAY too salty. So so salty. To the point that me and my friend went through 2 1litre bottles of water. Another thing that bothered me is that one of the waitresses pushed us to have a carafe of red house wine without a menu, and it was the most expensive wine on the menu, definitely not house. That is a big nono for me personally. 

The £5 cocktails are always amazing and at £5 you can't really complain. The pre-chop bites were very different but also very good and just enough as a little snack to save room for your chop feast. Apart from the saltyness, the chops were cooked very well and the bread underneath the chops with all the meat juice soaked in is to die for. I am hoping this was just a one-off experience because previously when I have visited the Blacklock in Soho I have had no complaints and generally loved everything.

Tastemaker

I had a great experience at the Blacklock City branch. I love the option of the "all in", its an amazing way to get the option of trying a majority of the meats on the menu. For desert the white chocolate cheese cake was delicious, I defo recommend you go on a completely empty stomach. 

Tastemaker

Yum yum chops In my tum! Another black lock has just opened in the city and it's fabulous, we went for the soft launch and the place had only been open a few days! The service was amazing, after every course, they would check in on us. I wasn't a fan o the pigs head on toast! But the mains chops, chops, chops were amazeballs. They do a great deal all in, twenty quid for starters and lots and lots of chops! It's a great deal and with cocktails only£5, what's not to like! We will be back for sure.

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