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Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner
Grillshack (© Jael Marschner)
© Jael Marschner

Please note, Grillshack is now closed. Eating & Drinking editors, March 2016.

Sixty-something serial restaurateur Richard Caring (who owns The Ivy, Pizza East and much, much more) is slowly taking over our city. I sometimes picture him sat on a swivelly chair, stroking a white cat, bwa-ha-ha-ing at us for lining his pockets (and given his magnificently bouffant hair, he can be extra smug). But while opening a burger-steak-chicken joint in Soho is a bit like putting a giant cash register out on the street and waiting for us to comes and stuff it with fivers, you’ve got to hand it to Caring – he gives good restaurant.

This once-gloomy site (formerly the Alphabet Bar) now features sunshine yellow walls and semi-industrial stylings (white ‘brick’ tiles, open kitchen, dark woods): all very predictable. But the kitchen is where Grillshack shows its evil genius, in not trying to gild the lily. Our burger had no show-off toppings, but its simple components, from the soft and airy brioche bun to the pink-middled patty and smoky bacon, made for a terrific bite. We also enjoyed a nicely charred piece of flat-beaten rump steak over a generous heap of shoestring fries (the size-zero kind) and marvelled at the dish’s under-a-tenner price tag.

Only the wait after ordering – 35 minutes on our visit, in spite of fast-food-joint counter ordering – and an over-onioned radish ’slaw showed flaws in an otherwise slick operation. But it’s early days yet, and Mr Caring probably has a button to dispatch any inadequate staff directly into a fiery pit.

By: Tania Ballantine


Venue name: Grillshack
Address: 61-63 Beak Street
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-11pm Mon-Sat; 10am-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £2.50-£9.95
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Paul F

Start with the positive. The service is quite good. The menu has some stuff you would really want when hungover. The room is ok. All that said I have no idea why you would go here over the many other options in the area. The food was very average and while not expensive it feels like somewhere that has its supply orders down by accountants. Disappointed.

Natalie W

If you can't get in to the many no-reservation burger joints in Soho, this is your place. You may still have a bit of a wait, but generally they get to you a bit quicker than the rest. Not the best burgers you can come across, but they do the job and are a decent price too. It's a go-up-and-order place, which is quite useful in that you don't have to wait to be seen to and you've already paid for when you want to go.

Diana B

Nothing amazing about this place to be honest. It's ok. My Favourite thing was the corn on the cob - the chicken which I ordered with Peri Peri sauce, whilst succulent - it was drenched with the sauce which was very very spicy - so I couldn't even finish it (and I generally love spicy food).


Very difficult to actually sit down, but once you are, the food's alright. I used the online service to reserve a place in the queue for a table for 4 and an estimated waiting time of 5-10 mins was given. When the table is ready, you are supposed to get a text. After 15-20 mins without any text, we decided to wander along anyway in the hope that by the time we got there the table would be ready. When we arrived, their system still said a 5-10 min wait, but they manually changed it to 20 mins and told us to go away for a drink and they's text us when we had a table ready. 20 mins later, we did receive a text telling us our table was ready and would be held for 15 ins. When we arrived 5 mins later, it wasn't ready and we had to wait awkwardly for another 10 mins in the doorway. What a palaver! The food was good, but nothing to write home about.


I consider myself a burger enthusiast but i certainly was not enthused by this burger- as evidently was no one else. The place was practically deserted. The burger was well done, instead of pink, which they advertise them as. It was over done, dry and though i hate to say it- was reminiscent of the patties at Mc Donalds. Yes the sauces were nice, the service fine etc but at the end of the day there's a lot of good burger joints out there (Honest burger, Patty & Bun, Lucky Chip etc) so why go to one where the food is disappointing..? I'm not going back.


Nice concept, great location, I love the fact you can order on your phone or at the till yourself. This place is sadly let down by the less the average burgers. Their are at least at 4 amazing burger places within a short walk of this place (Honest Burger, Meat/Liquor, Patty Bun, Burger & Lobster) and the prices are comparable. Without a good burger there is no reason to go back :-(


Sorry, don't get the TO hype. Staff very friendly, chips good but the burgers? Not really into concepts, prefer good food - there are MUCH better burgers out there at a similar price...


Friendly staff, quick service, reasonable prices, and delicious pancakes - what more could you want?!


Great place! It's reasonably priced and you get a good hearty meal for under a tenner. You cannot miss out of the shoe string fries - amazing. The steak is thin but a god size for the price since it also comes with fries. The atmosphere has a very diner feel. The music was spot on when we were there for dinner. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a warm meal in soho on a budget. worth it!


Great food at a great price. Had the rump steak with shoestring fries and it was delicious. For me it was up there with Meat Liquor / Burger and Lobster and the like in that Grillshack has a small menu but does everything on it very well. Service was fast and there was a nice atmosphere to the place too. Will be back for sure.