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Hawksmoor Air Street

Restaurants, British Regent Street
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(26user reviews)
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Hawksmoor Air Street
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A Piccadilly branch of the famous steak mini-chain.

Vast, low-ceilinged and thunderously loud, this branch of the famous steakhouse is a good place to eat dinner if life, lately, has felt underwhelming. Someone attractive takes your coat at the door, then someone even more attractive ushers you upstairs and walks you through the fabulously long, low-lit restaurant to your table. The place is heaving, with dark green leather booths, mirrored walls and steak knives clattering on monogrammed tableware. If eating out is an exercise in escape – from financial responsibility, or another night in with your partner – it doesn’t get better than Hawksmoor.

It would be a massive waste of opportunity not to order a steak. The T-bone was so rich and unwieldy that biting in guarantees juice trickling down your chin. The fillet was a fat little hunk of dark meat served blush pink in the middle, only slightly tarnished by a small seam of fat running through it. The Doddington Caesar side – a Hawksmoor speciality – was two slender lettuce leaves propped up in a little bowl like flowers, and topped with soft grated parmesan and anchovy. Interestingly, the very best dish was also a salad: shavings of Jerusalem artichoke and celery dressed with lemon and cut through with sharp sheep’s cheese. There was also an evening-defining caramel tart, served with a silky dollop of creme fraiche.

It was the obvious things that disappointed. This Air Street branch specialises in fish as well as steak, but the scallops were drenched in garlic butter, and had a strange, almost grainy texture. Creamed spinach was extremely bland. When you’re paying this much for dinner (a good meal will cost upwards of £50 per person) – less than perfect dishes can make you feel bitter. But in truth, you’re here for the experience. Which delivers. Go here if you want to feel (and spend) like you’re special.

Details

Address: 5A Air Street
London
W1J 0AD
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £140.
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London Restaurant Festival: 2 courses & a choice from 3 cocktails £30

From a set menu. Also 3 courses and a cocktail £35. To celebrate being named Best Restaurant Bar in the World at the drinks industry Oscar’s, Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Hawksmoor decided to scrap their cocktail list and start again. After 6 long months of arduous tastings (someone has to do it), they’re proud to present the first sneak peek of the new list. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Sun 5:00PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-10:30PM,Mon-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-6:30PM 10:00PM-10:30PM

Offer valid until Oct 31 2019

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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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tastemaker

I finally made it to Hawksmoor guys! And it was heaven, truly. I don't think I've ever had a better steak in my entire life, and for £29.50 for a sirloin, I will happily do it again. The steak was HUGE and cooked to tear-jerking perfection - with a side of chips and creamed spinach, I was absolutely blown away.


We also sampled some starters, including the queenies (which turned out to be deep-fried white fish with excellent house tartar) as well as a ricotta tart with mushrooms, which came with a perfectly crunchy base and excellent filling - I could have had it as a main.


The wine selection is wide as you would expect, and despite being a massive restaurant (it feels like it never ends when you're looking for the toilet) you always get the attention you need. 


Simply excellent - now to find another excuse to return...

tastemaker

If I was basing my review on the steak alone this restaurant would get five stars. It's the second best steak I've ever had in London and the first best was significantly pricier than Hawksmoor. If you go for the fixed menu (timings are a little anti-social you have to be there before 6pm I think) then you really can't beat value for money. The courgette starter was also really delicious. For obvious reasons I wouldn't recommend taking a vegetarian here. My poor boyfriend had to make do with a truly awful beetroot salad but it was my birthday and I wanted steak so he had to come along! But the main reason I've had to knock off a star is the atmosphere of the restaurant. It's such a long, open room that quickly gets busy even on a Tuesday evening and as the room fills up the noise is pretty unbearable. It's almost impossible to hold a conversation even when you're shouting. And there really weren't enough staff to cater for the number of people meaning it was difficult to get the attention of any waiters.

tastemaker

Hawksmoor is worth the hype. After hearing about the restaurant for years from various friends and colleagues I finally decided to take the plunge. The Air Street restaurant is stunning, the décor is very New York, sexy and sim lit with dark green leather booths and dark wood floors. The food was perfect, I enjoyed a rib eye steak which was perfectly cooked & triple cooked chips, perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I also stole a bite of my friends Macaroni cheese and was then green with envy, it was heavenly. I managed to squeeze in a sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. The wine list was extensive and service was very friendly and informative without being overbearing. This place is not cheap however well worth the spend. Perfect for a special occasion. Highly recommend.

Tastemaker

Hawksmoor was a talented architect of the 17th and 18th century; probably not somebody I would choose to name a restaurant after, given the manner of his death. 

However, the food here is high quality and well prepared. We all had steaks and they were all excellent. The set cuts on the menu seemed large (400g - the rib eye) but when I said this to the waiter, she offered us smaller sizes - or larger ones if we wished to share. The chips were delicious as was the spinach.

The wine list is comprehensive and the bottle we chose was very good.

The décor is low key, art deco. The restaurant is cleverly laid out because the surprisingly large room still manages to feel quite intimate. The service was perfect; always nearby but never obtrusive.

It is quite expensive, even for London, but the experience was distinctive, right from going through the door and it does deliver value for money.



i don't know how you can give this place anything but 5 starts. Food is out of this world. 

Tastemaker

I don't give 5 star reviews often but Hawksmoor deserves it. I have consistently heard good things about them and their reputation is well deserved.

I couldn't fault the experience from service to quality. If I'm being pedantic my only complaints are that the lighting was slightly too dim and there was no garnish with my steak. That said, maybe that was deliberate, good food doesn't need gimmicks, it speaks for itself. 

Steak isn't my favourite food but given Hawksmoor's reputation for steak I went for the fillet. I loved my steak, which was perfectly cooked and the triple cooked chips were as tasty as they are probably bad for you. The giant Yorkshire puddings for starters and peanut shortbread for desert provided the perfect bookends to the meal.

It is costly, but not exorbitantly so, and more importantly, it is worth it.

Staff Writertastemaker

Still one of my all time London faves. I love the Hawksmoor style of service, from the moment you arrive you feel special and looked after but not fussed or rushed. Even on a busy day they offer time in the bar before seating you- which is great because the cocktail menu is insane, and even on a sober day worth a read- a suggested cocktail for every hour of the day- YES!

I took my mum here (who only likes her steak well done) and she was nervous to ask but the staff made her feel very comfortable "lady, you eat your steak however the hell you want, never appioligise" which I thought was a very nice touch.

The express menu is ridiculously good value but tbh the expensive cuts are also worth every penny. I've been back to this restaurant many times and never had a bad experience.


Perfect!


Express menu is such a great deal! Ate here last night, service and food were both impeccable as always.


The best meat in London! The express menu is a bargain! Such a great building with great food.

Tastemaker

The first day of November. A dark, cold afternoon. How to make things better? A hawksmoor Sunday roast, of course! I have been to Hawksmoor before for their standard fare which is delicious but on the pricey end. With their sunday offering, you get the amazing hawksmoor flavours and tender beef (albeit roasted) for just £19.50! Delicious slices of melt in the mouth, perfectly pink beef are accompanied by crispy duck fat roasted potatoes, roasted garlic and onion, crunchy greens, delicious carrots (I'm not a carrot fan and I liked them) and a yorkshire pudding the size of my head. All drizzled with a generous serving of bone marrow gravy. Rich, indulgent, sumptious. Perfect for cold November Sundays. We went full out and got desserts as well. A bakewell tart with almond ice cream and a whopperoony sticky toffee ice cream sundae which I almost didn't finish... Amazing food and amazing value. Roast is not my favourite meal but I would rethink my preferences for this version. As for the venue, I marginally prefer Seven Dials but Air Street still has a great, buzzy atmosphere with that traditional Hawksmoor plush leather, old english tavern type feel.

Tastemaker

The food is incredible and the cocktails are delicious. It's a little expensive, but great for a special occasion.


It was difficult to not have one of their legendary steaks but I managed it and opted for the chargrilled Monkfish with a side of spinach with lemon & garlic. Quite simple but outstanding. The Brixham crab starter was excellent as well. It's refreshing to go to a Hawksmoor and come out feeling relatively sprightly and not laden down with half a ton of steak and meat sweats! I highly recommend the Air Street restaurant, the service is excellent and friendly. One thing to point out though is that the Air Street restaurant is a very big space and doesn't have the atmosphere of the Seven Dials establishment.

moderatorStaff Writer

Having heard this described several times as being the best roast in London over the years, expectations were set pretty high - and they were met. Big slabs of perfectly cooked beef, some of the crispiest roast potatoes I've had and crucially, a plentiful supply of bone marrow gravy. Only niggle was that my dad's beef came out tough, but the staff could not have been more accomodating - they took it off the bill and gave him a free dessert.


One word sums my experience at Air Street ... 'average'.  I have eaten at all the Hawksmoor's, but would not recommend this one.  Too large, lacks atmosphere and the staff simply dull, verging on arrogant at times.  The food was okay, but felt expensive, given the instantly forgettable dining experience.


Hawksmoor have got too big .... the food and service are no where as good as when they first started out.  Shame ... it has gone from being my favourite restaurant, to one I'll unlikely visit again. 


This was my first Hawksmoor experience and I did enjoy it. The food was excellent so was the service and atmosphere of the place. I did, however, feel it to be a little over priced for what you get since you have to order all the sides separately. The steak was great but not necessarily the best round town. I would happily go back but perhaps when someone else is paying.


Hawksmoor have done it again. Anyone who knows me is aware of my Hawksmoor fetish, and most of them share it, so I'll not bang on too much about how great they are. Instead, I'll size up the differences between here and the other restaurants in the group. Air Street is big. I don't mean a fairly large room. I mean it's huge. I can't see from one end of the dining room to the other. It's something like 300+ covers, easily. You'd think that would make it a place where the food is churned out with less attention to detail? Think again. It's every bit as good as the other times I've had a great Hawksmoor meal, and the grill here seems more reliable than the one at nearby Seven Dials. As usual, the steaks are top notch, the Tamworth belly ribs are unctuous, sweet and offset by the fantastic pickled red cabbage. But it's the seafood here that shines. Working together with Mitch Tonks of The Seahorse fame, the seafood here is way above par, and easily competes with some of the Mayfair stalwarts who specialise in such fayre. The scallops were simple, flavoured with garlic, white port and parsley, but delicious. The fried Queenies (smaller queen scallops) are a delightfully guilty fingerfood. The Janssen's Temptation side dish (imagine savoury creamy Dauphinoise with a twist) is, according to my Swedish friends, a brilliant iteration. But the fish...wow. The monkfish here is by far the best piece of piscine flesh I've ever put into my mouth in this country. Perfectly grilled, wonderfully simple marinade, meaty texture... they don't mess around with it. I have to give kudos to the turbot as well, it's a hard fish to find on most menus and is often vastly overpriced. Hawksmoor get around this by offering a slightly different cut to most places, which takes to grilling very well and is easier on the wallet than a massive tranche of it. Cocktails, as per usual, were superb. I'm in love with the Rogerio's Batida. Even though the price is just a little more than I'd like for a blended drink (£12), it's so good I actually don't mind paying the money.


Ive eaten at all of the Hawksmoors now and Air Street lives up to the lofty standards set by the other three plus it has amazing fish, as for the puddings, to die for! Highly recommended.


I visited Air Street yesterday and it matched up to all the A++ reviews I'd read. The Tamworth ribs as a started were a great size and covered in a great sauce. We opted for the roast dinner as a main and on this particular day the roasted joint was from the sirloin (not the usual rump) - this made it even better value! The size of the dinner was as amazing as the taste, from the marrowbone gravy to the goose fat roasted potatoes not forgetting the great cut of beef. Last thing to mention would be the staff, all of them were attentive and our particular waitress was able to answer any questions we had and didn't keep pestering us during each course.


I went to Hawksmoor Air Street last night with my family, everything from the cocktails to the desserts were fantastic!! My husband and I had the Dover Sole which they happily took off the bone for us, it was delicious. Our sons and daughters in law had a steak selection which they all said was tender and cooked exactly how they asked. The baked sweet potato was perfect! Yes it is expensive but the overall experience was great, we would go again for another special occasion. The waiting staff and bar staff couldn't have been more helpful.


Here is the REAL deal on Hawksmoor. It's a 6.5/10 restaurant across the board. After eating there 4 times (3 times Covent Garden / once Air St) I won't be returning. Not because it's terrible but because it's just totally and utterly average food and cooking at an inflated price. If you eat at an expensive and lauded 'Steakhouse' in say New York you'll get melt in the mouth meat, incredible sides and mind blowing puddings. The food at Hawksmoor WANTS to be like this but is just 'MEH...'. It's totally and utterly average. It's not great. Unfortunately like many, TimeOut has fallen for the hype. Yet again another hyped London restaurant!!


As with all hipster openings, all the reviewers are swooning over this new hawksmoor. My "real" experience was less than amazing, there was nothing wrong with the food, steak and sides as always excellent, however the shoulder of turbot at £30 was extremely dissapointing. Biggest dissapointment of all though was the service, all but one of the staff members we were served by had no answers to our questions, they forgot our wine, then bought the wrong wine, then stored it in a cooler away fron the table and kept forgetting to pour it for us. The vast room had no atmosphere. They will of course be packed for years to come because service doesn't seem to matter these days. But for £100 a head won't be rushing back, give me the ivy or dean st over this at half the price any day of the week.


Disappointing from start to finish. Service was really poor and the Chateau Briand overcooked which is inexcusable for a steak restaurant particularly at these prices. Have emailed and had no response. Such a shame as Seven Dials is one of my favourite London restaurants.


If you want a 5* dover sole go to Scotts it'll cost you £4 more and is infintely superior. They even take it off the bone for you there something likely to make the hipster servers here faint at the thought. 5* review!?!?!?! Really? Timeout did they really sucker you so?

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