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Foxlow Soho (CLOSED)

Restaurants, British Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)

Time Out says

A Soho branch of the neighbourhood diner.

Please note, Foxlow Soho has now closed. Time Out Food editors, April 2019.

Here’s something to celebrate: a new Foxlow – from the duo who founded Hawksmoor – has arrived in Soho. I’m not sure how PC it is to gender a restaurant, but this new arrival is definitely a boy. A neighbourhood diner with a meat-focused menu, the vibe at this, Foxlow’s fourth London branch, is stylish and masculine – if a bit generic. It’s spacious and wood-heavy, with trendy floor tiling and a big square bar in the middle. Basically, Foxlow Soho is the restaurant equivalent of a Topman model. And who doesn’t like Topman models?

The food on my visit was comforting and competent, with some delicious moments. One of those moments was a lusciously soft and stringy side of mac ’n’ cheese with lovely breadcrumbs on top. Also fantastic was the crunchy gem salad, sprinkled with Twineham Grange, a vegetarian ‘parmesan’. The hanger steak, too, was excellent and cooked to pink perfection, though mine came with a too-salty peppercorn sauce. For a place with such a meaty pedigree, that was the night’s biggest disappointment. The fried chicken, which had been recommended by friends, was another letdown: juicy but a tad bland. The staff are lovely, though, and you’ll leave feeling well fed and well looked after. Foxlow’s a fine choice for a solid night out (and some sensational mac ’n’ cheese).

 

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Address: 8-10 Lower James Street
Soho
London
W1F 9EL
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus.
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Users say (15)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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tastemaker

Reasonably priced and reliable food. The flat iron steak was very tasty and the chicken burger was great! They have a happy hour on some cocktails for £5 between 5-7pm which is definitely a reason to come back!


2 hour wait for food and served dish with butter to dairy allergy diner even though aware


Foxlow service is awful Party of 8 waited 2 hours for main course. One of the party had a dairy allergy and despite making the waiter aware of this, and the waiter acknowledging this still served a side dish containing butter by mistake, unfortunately they'd already eaten some of it before the waiter came rushing back frantic and took it away. Yes they apologised and gave 25% off the bill for the terrible service and allergy mistake, but where there's health at stake and they know about an allergy it's totally unacceptable.



tastemaker

BYOB Tuesdays! Everyone loves a bring your own booze deal, and Foxlow have nailed the classier version of it, admittedly it is limited to wine or bubbles, but a glass of red is definitely the best compliment for steak anyway. I went for my birthday and due to the number we were asked to pre order, not really sure this was necessary as it actually became more confusing than helpful, and resulted with a meal being miscalculated for. How ever this was fixed with a complimentary dessert and cocktail. I have been a few times now and I have to say the steak is always well seasoned and delicious. 


So if you are looking for a 'nicer' night out thats a bit cheaper jump on this BYOB train. 

tastemaker

My friend booked a table for 17 for her birthday to take full advantage of BYOB Tuesdays. Because of the size of our party, we had to pre-order our food. The service was pretty slow and I did feel as though our party was tucked away downstairs, however, our server was incredibly friendly. The food was nice, the meatball starter was good and my sweet potato dumplings were also good – although incredibly small. But if you're going to the Foxlow for dinner, you probably want a steak. The steaks are great, but I still prefer Flat Iron.

tastemaker

I was impressed with the food at Foxlow on my first visit- I think my friends were too by the silence that took over when we started eating. I had the flat iron, and at almost a tenner cheaper than the other cuts, I would give this steak 5 stars - super tasty and great size. The halloumi and chicken burger also looked yummy. Main, size and a prosecco was £32 which I didn’t think was awful (seeing as it is part of Hawksmoor) but obviously is on the higher end.

Only thing that didn’t make my trip 5 stars overall was the service (which was a bit slow and not particularly welcoming) but I would definitely go back and recommend it for anyone due to the great selection which caters for all.

tastemaker

5* Service!


I booked here for a after work dinner and drinks for my birthday via opentable and was blown away the moment we sat down!


On arrival, the decor is fab and very 'instagramable' FYI, we were greeted with a free champagne cocktail each due to it being my birthday (please note that none of us mentioned it or called ahead, opentable share your DOB with them). 


The food was incredible and the hostess was very friendly and knowledgeable as we had some dietary requirements, my recommendations are: 

- Soughdough bread with olive oil, 

-Carrot hummus 

-Flat Iron steak 

-Nduja Potatoes 

-Sticky toffee pudding


They also added a candle to my dessert without prompt! Really, the service was great,  i generally haven't received anything like it in a very long time! 

Tastemaker

Had brunch there the other week and it was a great start to the weekend. The food was great (poached egg/avocado on bread + mac'n'cheese side) and the staff lovely. It was quite busy, but had a relaxed atmosphere nevertheless. I will definitely be back to try the bottomless brunch. 


 What could have been a lovely pre-theatre dinner was ruined by an extremely rude and horrible manager. We went with the Time Out offer and as soon as we told our waiter this she treated us if we were a piece of sh*t on her shoe. 


We were physically shocked at how badly she treated us and how rude she was to us. I don't know why someone would work in hospitality who seemingly hates people?


Had the hanger steak and chips, it was good. House white isn't very nice at all. The time out offer was brilliant value, as they always are, however whole experience was ruined by the manager's service. 


Won't be returning to a Foxlow ever again. 

tastemaker

Foxlow has amazing consistency and keeps it wonderfully simple. A TimeOut deal of steak and salad or chips, and a glass of wine for £12; and on top of that 2 for 1 cocktails till 7:30pm makes it for a wonderful mid-week treat and so cheap and cheerful. The steak here is always tender and juicy and the chips piping hot and crispy - a major requirement, as there's nothing sadder than soggy cold fries.


Tip: they have 2 for 1 cocktails till 7:30pm!


Good For: relaxed dates, catch up with friends, casual lunch/ dinner, business lunch/ dinner, brunch, Sunday roast.



Foxlow is a nice restaurant for when you really want to go to Hawksmoor but can't really spare the money. Or when you're craving steak, basically.


Reasonably priced and with delicious meats, this is a great place to get your red meat in - I didn't try their chicken offerings but the fried chicken does sound like a treat. The sirloin steak was cooked to perfect colour and charred on the outside, which I love, and comes with chips or green salad. The garlic butter wasn't quite what I expected as instead of a spreadable, we got liquified, and with more garlic than butter (a good thing though). We also tried the sourdough which was fresh and crispy, and some salt and pepper squid which is your standard fried crispy bits.


Staff are indeed lovely - it's a shame that the air con above our table was so strong we actually couldn't wait to be out of there. One other tip - don't go on a Sunday, because Foxlow offer bottomless drinks with brunch, meaning we were surrounded by groups of incredibly drunk and loud girls. Not what you want with your steak.


Otherwise though, great location, nice little spot and good steak. Recommended.

tastemaker

Visited on a Monday night so the place was understandably quite quiet. Little sister of Hawksmoor this place serves uncomplicated classics cooked really well. Well priced steaks & great quality chicken, it's perfect for a casual dinner in the area. Very cool New York inspired interiors and friendly staff. Will definitely try and visit for their weekend brunch. 


Cool vibe, was surprised how good the vegetarian food was considering the Hawksmoor pedigree!

Tastemaker

Sister restaurant of Hawksmoor and the steaks definitely did not disappoint. They unforunately ran out of short rib, which I have been told is amazing. I enjoyed the fried chicken very much, but the saltiness left me thirsty the rest of the night. The star dishes here are the desserts! Definitely remember to save room for them. Sadly the chicken salt fries are gone... Hope to see them back on the menu soon.

tastemaker

With its illuminated canopy, open kitchen and large bar, this newly opened restaurant certainly does look like a hit. My personal favourites was the pea guacamole as a starter and the large cut of T-bone steak, which was as tasty as it was  visually appealing. Special mention must go to the Roast Chicken which as succulent and not dry at all. It was no surprise as both the chicken and steaks are sourced from small British farms.


One downside was that all the dishes had elevated levels of salt. However, I would definitely revisit.    

tastemaker

Visiting Foxlow with 3 friends during their soft launch on Monday, these were the dishes we shared: 


Snacks & Starters

1. Pea Guacamole – This was a pretty unique dish in my opinion and also held quite British influences. It reminded me of ‘mushy peas’, which is an accompaniment to the traditional British dish of Fish & Chips. This version was mixed with avocado and dressed with some fresh herbs and greens, and served with sourdough toast. The guacamole itself was lovely – it had good textures from chunky and smooth bits, tasted fresh and light, and went well with sourdough bread. However, the sourdough was far too tough! I was only able to peel out the fluffy insides because the crust was so tough, I couldn’t bite through it.


2. Salmon Crudo – A plate of thinly sliced salmon dressed with lime, soy sauce, fresh red chilies and ginger. It reminded me a lot of the Latin American dish of ‘ceviche’. The flavours kept this starter light and fresh but I thought overall it was pretty average.


3. Five Pepper Brixham Squid – This was essentially a plate of calamari seasoned with various peppers in the batter. It was probably the most ordinary of the lot. It was average in taste, in flavours and in presentation. In fact, I couldn’t taste the various peppers used in the seasoning and the ‘devilled mayonnaise’ was quite average too.


4. Pork & Pancetta Meatballs – My favourite of the lot! I’m a big meatball fan, so this was a must to order. I liked that the meatballs came in a substantial size and with loads of sauce. In terms of flavours, it was quite unique and upon cutting it in half, I noticed that there were fennel seeds inside, which is not a typical spice to include in meatballs, especially when they were prepared in what I thought was quite an Italian style. The sauce was flavourful and the meatballs came sprinkled with some parmesan cheese on top, which melted nicely from the warmth of the meatballs.


Seasonal

1. South Coast Hake – This was probably the most underwhelming main dish we ordered. Although it was a generous fillet of hake and it was pan-fried extremely well with the skin still crispy, this dish was quite tasteless in my opinion. It was served with smashed white beans and wild garlic, and a sort of pesto or spinach sauce on the bottom. However, this didn’t add anything to the flavour of the fish. White beans are already pretty tasteless, so combined with the fish, which was quite bland, it didn’t impress. The fillet also contained pockets of salt – certain areas were far too salty.


2. Salt Marsh Lamb – I liked the cut of lamb used in this dish, as I never knew you could have a T-bone for lamb! It came with 2 generous pieces, which was perfect to split among the 4 of us. We asked for it to be cooked medium rare, and medium rare it was – it had a good bite and chew to it without feeling tough. It was flavourful on its own but I wasn’t a fan of the sides that came with the lamb. This was served with new potatoes, little gem and bacon – not quite sure how I feel about bacon with lamb, but the sauce was not to my liking. I also found this a little too salty!


Chicken

1. Roast Chicken– A pretty standard dish to get at a restaurant, we actually decided to cancel this but due to a mix up, it ended up being served to us anyway. Once again, they were very generous with the portion size, and it was served on a bed of pearl barley risotto and purple sprouting broccoli. I thought the chicken was roasted really well – it was breast meat but all of it was super succulent! The skin was a bit of a disappointment, as it wasn’t crispy and a bit soggy actually. As for the accompaniments, I really liked the pearl barley risotto because it was something different and it tasted quite nice.


Large sharing cuts

1. 1.1kg T-Bone Steak – We decided to share a larger cut of meat, since we were at a steak restaurant after all. This was definitely the star of the night – it was a very very large T-bone steak, cut generously into thick slices and done perfectly to a medium rare cooking. Once again though, there was far too much rock salt sprinkled on top! It sure looks good presentation wise to have the rock salt on top, but it honestly ruins the natural flavours and taste of the meat. 


Sides

1. Fries – A pretty standard side to have on the menu and it was pretty average in taste. Surprisingly, these were the least salted of everything we ordered! They’re thinly-cut and generous with their serving. 


2. Purple Sprouting Broccoli – This was the same type of vegetable served with the chicken but as a side, they added more rock salt on top! It’s a lovely vegetable and accompaniment to the mains we had, but ruined with the additional salt.


3. Mushrooms – I really liked this side! As a mushroom-lover, this was heavenly. It was seasoned with tarragon and Madeira gravy. I’m not sure what that latter part means or is, but it sure was tasty! It wasn’t too salty, like the other dishes and the mushrooms were sliced into large chunks so you get a good bite.


4. Mac ‘n’ Cheese – This was by far the best side. It is served in a porcelain pot and comes in the perfect size, given we were sharing everything and already had so much on the table. It came out steaming and it had the perfect cheese-pull when dug into! Even after it cooled down, it was delicious to eat. This should honestly be made into a main dish!


Overall, we each paid a decent amount for a soft launch. I'd come back again once they've officially opened but honestly only to order the daily cuts of the day, which are displayed on the blackboard around the restaurant and for that incredible Mac 'n' Cheese. They definitely do red meats better than anything else on the dinner menu, but I would really like to try their breakfast/brunch menu, as I've heard great things about it! The items looked more enticing in my opinion. 


In terms of the service, we had the perkiest waiter called, Jason. He was a delight to have as our waiter throughout the night and even though there was some confusion over our orders, his positive attitude made up for it! He did a great job entertaining us and making conversation, as well as recommending dishes – especially in terms of judging the portion sizes for our table. 


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