Steak restaurants in London
Surely the grandest and most glamorous of Jason Atherton’s Midas-touch restaurants, Berners Tavern in Fitzrovia is a real humdinger with its vast baroque-style dining room and portrait-lined walls. The kitchen gives seasonal British ingredients a serious workout, and the grass-fed steaks from the Buccleuch Estate are sublime.
An offshoot of the Soho original, this City branch of Blacklock’s trendy British chop house stays with the programme – which means cool vibes, post-industrial interiors, quality cuts and damn good value. The melty, crusted beef is a highlight, with cocktails at £5 a pop.
The only way is excess at this outrageously outlandish Soho spot – a luxe shoo-in for champagne-fuelled Gatsby-style fun. Dig the glitzy roaring ’20s decor while cherry-picking from an Anglo-Russian menu that naturally includes some luxurious steaks – including a mouth-watering chateaubriand… for one.
Dickensian London meets a tartan-clad vision of Auld Reekie at this branch of Boisdale, where the Caledonian-themed menu features an imposing choice of prime Aberdeen Angus steaks. Live jazz, innumerable malt whiskies and Havana cigars are further reasons to scream ‘och aye’! Also try Boisdale Belgravia, Canary Wharf and Mayfair.
Broadway Market’s laid-back revelry makes it the perfect fit for Argentinian-born grill master John Rattagan’s casual take on Latin meat-feasting. The whole shebang is just right – one simply furnished room with an asado grill at its heart and a menu of suitably charred, juicy steaks.
A little hub of welcoming homeliness in the wealthy, exclusive St George’s Fields neighbourhood (near Marble Arch), Casa Malevo has a cosy, domestic feel with its old-fashioned dresser and conservatory out back. Its bare brick walls seem even rougher than most, while the steaks are big, beefy and intensely flavoursome.
Here’s the deal at this singular no-bookings venue in Covent Garden: £10 pays for a long, thin ‘flat iron’ steak, sliced into fat mini-slabs and served with a dinky pot of lamb’s lettuce. That’s it, apart from some proper sides, affordable wines and complimentary takeaway ice cream – no wonder there’s a queue. There are two branches in Soho, plus outlets in Shoreditch and Notting Hill.
Unlike its stablemates in the Hawksmoor chain, Foxlow isn’t strictly a steakhouse – although fans of crisply charred red meat are still in for a treat. Tip-top cuts from grass-fed British beef are a strong suit, simply served with fries and green salad in the cosily masculine dining room. Branches are also in Balham and Soho.
Bringing Manhattan to Canary Wharf’s temples of mammon, this branch of the Russian-owned steakhouse chain is a well-upholstered venue specialising in grass-fed beef from both sides of the Atlantic. Peruse the tray of raw cuts before ordering, say, a 400g Yorkshire Ridings fillet or a USDA 150-day sirloin with sauces and sides. Branches are also in Mayfair and the City.
The Borough branch of the ace Hawksmoor chain follows the house style to the letter – so expect top-quality British beef (including guest breeds) served in the butch, leather-flecked surrounds of an old hops and fruit warehouse. ‘Market’ specials add a new twist to the set-up. Also try their branches in Spitalfields, Seven Dials, Guildhall and Air Street.
Striking modern art, expansive views and wines courtesy of the restaurant’s South African owners set the scene at this enviably sited Thames-side restaurant. Sirloins, ribeyes and fillets from 28-day-matured Cumbrian beef are the focus, backed by biltong, rooibos-smoked salmon and other Cape classics.
British food crusader Mark Hix has an empire to manage these days, but his beloved Soho outpost is still the real deal – the ‘essential Hix’. Sprightly heritage flavours abound, with meaty bonus points for the steaks from Glenarm Estate – try the very un-British picanha cut for size.
The fun continues all day long at this crowd-pleasing Soho offshoot of the Ivy brand, with grass-fed British steaks sitting bang in the middle of the vast menu – ribeye, sirloin, fillet and thinly beaten rump with egg and chips. Lovely interiors and tip-top service too.
Part of The Ned’s gastro multiplex, this City outpost gives good steak in the shape of top cuts at high-end prices. Don your best Gatsby garb, join the cacophonous crowd and pick from a beefy line-up that runs from Belted Galloway rump via USDA Delmonico to Australian wagyu.
There may be bluefin tuna on the menu, but steak fiends come to Macellaio in Clerkenwell for a fix of native Fassona beef – Piedmont’s finest, dry-aged for five weeks and butchered on site with great glee. Add tuna to your plate for a blood-red riff on surf ’n’ turf. Branches in South Kensington, Southwark and Northcote Road’s ‘Nappy Valley’.
Although everyone talks about the venison (and the veni-moo burger), this cosy Fitzrovia joint has an appetite for all kinds of ‘butcher’s cuts’ – provided they’re of Scottish provenance. Macduff’s ribeye (with beef-dripping tomatoes) and a mighty 1kg tomahawk steak are among the Lowland highlights. There’s also a branch in the City.
Custom-built for Mayfair’s Maserati set, Maze Grill is Gordon Ramsay’s homage to New York steakhouses in all their red-blooded glory. Be warned that prices are high: a 10oz ribeye costs £32 and sits in solitary splendour on its wooden board, with not an extra in sight. Branches also on Park Walk and Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.
Giving the Argentinians, Brits and Americans a run for their money, this Shoreditch branch of a Basque steak specialist means business – it even has its own butcher’s shop, plus a pintxos bar and grill. Immensely flavoursome txuletón beef (from cattle that are at least six years old) is the must-have.
Stylishly robust Santa Maria in Battersea is all about Argentinian steak – which is good for a place that prides itself on its parrilla skills. A ginormous grill by the window delivers wave after wave of meaty pampas-reared flavour bombs – although we’re less impressed by the starters. House Malbec is the booze of choice.
This is deconstructed, small-plates Argentinian cooking, and it works – with flavours as good as these, you want as many different mouthfuls as you can get. An empanada’s pastry was expert, as enjoyable as its creamy spinach and raisin filling. Fried chunks of queso de chancho (‘head cheese’) were like a seriously adult version of chicken nuggets. A miniature steak (softened up with the sous vide treatment then blasted on the grill) was flawless, the flavour like undiluted beef cordial.
Well-bred Wandsworth Town now has its very own hip BBQ and grill in the shape of MeatUp – a fun-loving place with standard-issue cool decor and a funky vibe. Steak-wise, our money’s on the huge, hunky short-rib licked with spicy maple sauce. Carnivorous paradise in SW18.
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