To celebrate the fact that today (25th April 2019) is the first National Steak Day we have rounded up some of the best places to feast on steak in London and if you fancy finding out more about this new celebration of quality steaks check it out here.
The second M restaurant, M Victoria St, is home to the M Grill which serves up steaks straight from their ageing room. Beef comes from around the world including a rib-eye cut from Botswana, dry aged striploin on the bone from Frisona in Italy and their T-Bone is from Kansas. If it’s decadence you’re after then they also serve the highest grades of Wagyu found in London, the price matches the grade too, with a 200g sirloin coming in at £75.
Where: Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6SQ
Nearest station: St. James's Park (0.3 miles)
Make it a family affair by heading down to The Jones Family Project, the Great Eastern Street steak restaurant that’s an absolute must-eat venue. The antithesis of most places that simply ‘serve meat’, The Jones Family Project source all their meat from farmers and butchers they personally know and trust. This really is a family affair, even the beers and gins are made by family friends within a few miles of the restaurant itself. Their Josper grilled steaks, all dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, are especially worth a try.
Hammer & Tongs is all about the braai (it rhymes with try not bray) which is the South African tradition of cooking big hunks of juicy meat over wood. Using Sekelbos (Sickle Bush) wood imported from Namibia, the team cook all their meat in this way and the result is a wonderful smoky meat full of flavour. As well as pork ribs, chicken wings and fish you’ll also find two steaks on the menu, the dry aged Dedham Vale rib-eye served with the intriguing Monkey Gland Sauce and the Dedham Vale T-Bone with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and braai salt. All those barbecue flavours and smells will have you ready for summer in no time.
Deliciously British restaurant Roast has been serving up steaks in London Bridge since 2012. Championing British produce, all the beef comes from Cumbria and Essex including the roasted East Anglian chateaubriand served with rosemary roasties, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish cream and red wine gravy. We suggest you wear forgiving clothes, you’re going to leave full.
Tucked away on New Quebec Street in Marylebone, Boxcar Butcher & Grill offers a softly-spoken menu of seasonal steaks alongside a range of typically crowd pleasing pub fare. Split between a butcher and dining room Boxcar Butcher & Grill is an essential hangout for any meaty maven looking to learn more about their favourite food. Perfect for the modern diner, Boxcar combines hearty meals with imaginative sides. While their rosemary salted skinny fries are a lethal edition to any meal, their smoked beetroot salad and purple sprouting broccoli are not to be sniffed at either.
A relic of the West End, Heliot Steak peddles the kind of chandelier laden glitz that, upon entering, makes you wonder if, when and how you flew Stateside. The 150 strong restaurant is perched above the casino floor, so anticipate whoops of success, the jingle of slot machines, and the occasional Elvis impersonator to act as the soundtrack to your meal. Renowned for the quality of their steaks, the Heliot T-Bone has been heralded as the best in London; given the seal of approval by Old Blue Eyes himself, I’m beginning to think that the song: “Under My Skin” was just 1940’s short hand for Frankie saying: “get in ma belly…” in regards to the Heliot steak selection.
A self-proclaimed steak hero, Smith & Wollensky hasn’t messed with their formula for success since it stormed onto the London food scene in 1977. Pulling from locally sourced and organic ingredients, their food is underscored by a commitment to high quality, welfare minded produce- which appears to make all the difference when it comes to taste. The restaurant itself is set up to make one linger. Their plush leather armchairs encourage lengthy, luxurious dinners, and their cocktail menu does much to keep you seated… one sip too many of the Perfect Lady and you’re legless for an entire evening.
Despite purporting a commitment to fine dining, their menu is wonderfully unpretentious: its elegance is derived from the exceptional edit of meals on offer, rather than the fussiness of its plates. Try the Kansas City Cut Bone-In Sirloin, we promise that you won’t regret it…
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
The oldest restaurant in London, Rules is a tried and tested favourite. Boasting an old school menu of Olde English gems, their steak remains an absolute marvel. Presented with a 1970’s kind of glam, Rules somehow keeps their steamed cabbage and dauphinoise up to date through their unrivalled ability to wield a grill. Laying down the law when it comes to steak, this London heavyweight knows a thing or two about cooking. So when it comes to indulging in your favourite cut, we encourage you to play by Rules’ rules.
A port in the storm, Rowley’s offers a safe haven for steak lovers looking to hide from the rising tide of all things chewy and overcooked. Having perfected the art of steak making, Rowley’s signature cut: Entrecôte, is endlessly popular. Thankfully, Rowley’s doesn’t complicate things too much; a true steak and chips joint, Rowley’s serves up steaks with tried and tested sides. The cauliflower cheese is a particular hit, and it’s basically criminal say “no” to a portion of their chips. Wonderfully uncomplicated, Rowley’s has received widespread acclaim for its simplicity. Good for an evening of going back to basics, this old school charmer is not to be missed.
As authentic a taste of Argentina as you’ll find in central London, Gaucho offers a wild journey into the heart of Argentinian cuisine via a hearty, and thoroughly extensive menu. Navigating onto their site, it seems they are the proud owners of no fewer than 19 separate menus- which at first seems rather deranged. As you trawl through their offerings though, it seems that a sense of eagerness to please belies the entire operation. The near 20 strong menu list is almost like an Argentinian parent whispering “darling, you must try this”- as though anyone could leave Gaucho underfed and unsatisfied… When it comes down to picking your meal, the steaks are certainly worth the time sink of sifting through the heaps of other dishes for. Offering up a variety of different options to cater for different appetites and preferences, Gaucho has certainly put in the leg work to win over even the most picky of diners.