Goodman City

Restaurants, North American Mansion House
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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.



Venue name: Goodman City
Address: 11 Old Jewry
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR
Price: Main courses £15-£45
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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.