Goodman City

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Goodman City

Goodman’s three branches are perfectly located to pull in its target audience: people who will pay top dollar for top beef. At the City branch, the room seems to be aiming for a New York-style steakhouse look: dark wooden walls with large-scale black and white photographs. The food shows frustrating inconsistency. Three starters were spot-on, especially sweet herring in ‘traditional Russian presentation’ (the owners are Russian). Another starter, lobster and corn chowder, was barely lukewarm, gluey in texture and seriously deficient in flavour.

There are only three sensible options for mains: steak, steak or steak. The cuts of the day are written on blackboards, and the beef – cooked exactly as ordered – was just heavenly. A lamentable fault is the absence of any garnish. You have to order side dishes, and this isn’t always an occasion for joy. Three were dreadful: a limp, clumsily dressed salad; chewy creamed spinach with (unnecessary) cheese; and oily fried white onions. Avoid the hamburger. The wine list contains little under £30, though a £26 Catalan red was excellent. Service was largely friendly and competent.

Our biggest complaint is the bass-heavy music, so loud we had to shout to make ourselves heard. Combine that with the patches of poor cooking and you have a restaurant where even extraordinary steak can’t quite justify the very high prices.


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Goodman City says
Goodman specialises in steak. Our chefs source the best beef from both sides of the Atlantic – from USDA corn-fed herds to grass-fed Scottish beef, grain-fed Irish Angus and rare breed Belted Galloway from Devon – to present a uniquely British interpretation of a New York grill.
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Venue name: Goodman City
Address: 11 Old Jewry
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12 to 10.30pm (last orders)
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR
Price: Main courses £15-£45
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As usual, I totally forgot to take any photos of this marvellous meal (too busy enjoying it) so you'll just have to take my word for it! I went to Goodman on a Friyay night at 7.30pm and it was buzzy and vibrant. We were seated quickly and the staff were knowledgable and one guy looked a LOT like Thor, so ladies, not a bad plan for the scenery! Oh but the food, I ordered a Fillet Steak cooked medium (there's a fair amount of steak choice) and sides were spinach, mushrooms and Truffle chips (hello baby) with a bottle of red wine. It is pricey £££££ but it is top drawer. Would go back :-)


I have become something of a mac & cheese fiend lately, if it’s on the menu, I’m having it! The lobster mac here was okay, saucier than most and not quite as flavourful as I thought it would be but there was an acceptable amount of lobster in there.

But onto the good stuff … THE STEAK. I went for the Goodman’s Ribeye, which is always a delicious cut of meat and Goodman’s cooked it to perfection.

The waitress was great in explaining the different steaks, with the aid of a diagram for us simpletons! It is a touch on the expensive side after service but it is one of the nicer steaks I’ve had, would recommend for a slightly classier meal on a second date.

I have eaten in the city restaurant 5 or 6 times now and also organised a meal for 16 people so I plenty of different experiences to comment on.