British steakhouse and cocktail bar Hawksmoor has set a high standard when it comes to steak in the UK capital. Famous for its top-quality meat, the restaurant is steeped in gastronomic history; its first owner famously hosted annual steak suppers for London celebrities and royals, including the Prince of Wales and Duke of York in 1807. Hawksmoor’s six London locations offer some of the best steak in the city, including larger cuts to share (or for the hungry). Anchovy hollandaise, Stilton hollandaise and bone marrow gravy are exciting additions to the range of traditional sauces, while the vast list of sides is sure to impress even the most discerning foodie.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials, 11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG, +44 (0)20 7420 9390
While Mash stands for Modern American Steak House, the interior here says 1930s art deco. The huge restaurant space is a grand affair and a fitting place to enjoy the luxury dishes served at Mash. Guests can choose among Australian, Danish, Uruguayan, American and British steaks, as well as Japanese wagyu, and the well-informed staff are happy to talk diners through the characteristics of each meat. Traditional sides include a a variety of chips and vegetables on offer. The creamy spinach is highly recommended.
Mash, 77 Brewer Street, London W1F 9ZN, +44 (0)20 7734 2608
Mark Hix’s chicken and steak restaurant in the East End draws an impressive crowd, for both its enticing menu and its famous cow installation by Damien Hirst. Located in a landmark building, formerly a tramway generating station, the restaurant is effortlessly cool, yet it isn’t without substance. The pared-down menu offers variations on only two mains, either steak or chicken. All the beef is aged in a Himalayan salt chamber for for maximum flavour, with options including rib, sirloin, rib on the bone and porterhouse. Sides are equally delicious; creamed spinach and salt ‘n’ vinegar onion rings are musts. Be sure to save some room for pudding, as the salted caramel fondue with marshmallows and doughnuts is hugely tempting.
Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3EQ, +44 (0)20 7749 0478
Argentine charcoal grill Buen Ayre is an enticing option for a traditional steak offering. Chef John Patrick Rattagan, who was born in Buenos Aires, has created a concise menu of top Argentine steaks, including rib-eye, rump, sirloin and fillet. Other options include Argentine-style pork sausages and black pudding. For those wishing to sample a variety of meats, the parrillada mixed grill is a good option – and perfect for couples. The meats are all cooked perfectly on Buen Ayre’s wood-fired grill, while the vast wine list offers a choice of perfect accompaniments.
Buen Ayre, 50 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ, +44 (0)20 7275 9900
Soho is home to some of of London’s top eateries and if it’s steak you’re seeking, Flat Iron is the place to go. The pared-down menu with competitive prices has eager customers queueing to eat in the stripped-back interior, which features exposed brick and steel. Diners can choose between regular and special steak, and the side orders include aubergine and chips cooked in beef dripping. Flat Iron doesn’t take reservations, but its subterranean cocktail bar is a great place to wait for a table.
Flat Iron, 17 Beak Street, London W1F 9FW