When it comes to eating out in London, there’s never been so much choice. But despite this huge range of options, you still can’t beat the classics. Steak is one of those dishes where you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you choose the right steak restaurant, it becomes one of the best things you can do in a restaurant. Here are 9 of the best steak restaurants in the city that are sure to get your mouth watering:
What: Steaks in the East
Why: If you find yourself over in Shoreditch and in need of a steak then head to the Jones Family Project. All their meat comes from Ginger Pig in Levisham North Yorkshire and other farmers that they trust, it's then aged for a minimum of 28 days before it's cooked on a Josper grill. You can choose between fillet, sirloin, rib eye and bone in prime ribs to share. And whilst we all know steak and red wine are a winning combination, their cocktails are pretty great too, so make sure you order at least one whilst you're there.
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
What: Old school steak restaurant with amazing tiled decor
Why: If you're going to eat a fine steak, you should at least make sure you do it somewhere nice. Somewhere like Rowley's. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful dining room in which to enjoy your steak. And thankfully, the food matches up to the setting. Rowley's has been around for decades, serving up succulent cuts of steak and limitless crispy fries to grateful regulars in the heart of London. A real gem.
Where: 113 Jermyn Street, St James's, SW1 6HJ
What: Steak overlooking the gaming floor of a casino
Why: From the moment you walk into Heliot, you know you're in for a treat. Housed within London's infamous Hippodrome, diners can enjoy their meal on a balcony overlooking the gaming floors of the casino. The atmosphere is buzzing, as you'd expect, but it doesn't distract from the quality of the steak - USDA prime cuts, hung for four to six weeks. Game on!
Where: Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH
What: Authentic Argentinean steak
Why: For proper Argentinean steak, you cannot beat CAU. They've got the best cuts, including the breathtaking 'tire de ancho' spiral cut, and they know how to cook them. Expect incredible spice combinations (the chimchirri spice and herb dressing is incredible), Incan-oven smoking, and top sauces. Oh, and their desserts are divine. Do yourself a favour, and book a table now.
Where: 1 Commodity Quay, St. Katherine's Docks, E1W 1AZ
What: Celebrated steak specialists
Why: For traditionalists, Hawksmoor is the standard by which every other helping of beef in London will be judged. And rightly so. Hawksmoor's formula - of sourcing only the very best British beef, and recruiting the best steak chefs to prepare it - is a real success. With knowledgable waiting staff to help you pick the right steak, you can't go wrong.
Where: 5A Air Street, St James's, W1J 0AD
What: Atmospheric brasserie and bistrot
Why: Let's not forget that the French do steak very well, too. This charming French brasserie has so much to enjoy, but Les Deux Salons really comes into its own when you order the steak. Cooked to perfection in their Josper grill, the entrecôte is sublime. Sir Terence Conran's French masterpiece will leave you smiling.
Where: 40-42 William IV Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 4DD
What: Back-to-basics steakhouse
Why: Steak doesn't have to be glitz and glamour. Flat Iron, a trendy back-to-basics steak restaurant, boast excellent steak for just £10. Seared to a crisp on the outside, blushing pink within, it certainly holds its own. Be warned, though - you can't book a table in advance, so it's a good thing that they've got an excellent bar to be enjoyed while you wait.
Where: 7/18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH
What: American institution
Why: One of New York's hottest restaurants, Balthazar's latest brasserie in London's west end has been buzzing ever since opening back in 2013. As you'd expect of New Yorkers, they take pride in their steak. Their entrecôte is truly delicious, well worth the £24 price tag.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
What: Steak experts
Why: Whether you're eating at their Canary Wharf, City or Mayfair restaurants, Goodmans age their meat on-site. They can cut it for you to order. They're wine list is seriously lengthy and they know just which cuts to pair each glass with. In other words, Goodmans is a real must for serious steak lovers.
Where: 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1QH
Written by: Chris Zacharia