The good news however is that this is the first Goodman with an outside dining area which means when the sun shines, as it has this week, it is possibly the best Goodman location in which to enjoy the summer. Second, they open Saturdays which the City branch does not, so if you live east, it will save you a trip to Mayfair and third, especially good news if you work in Canary Wharf, they do weekday takeaway burgers between 11 and 3pm. Food at Canary Wharf it would seem just got a whole lot better. But how does the Canary Wharf branch compare with the other two? No MrsCC tonight but instead, friends P, G and J joined me to try it out.
As a quick recap, in case somehow you have managed to avoid knowing this, Goodman is one of London's premier steakhouses. They sell aged USDA, UK and Irish beef (aged in the restaurants's own ageing room) and cook it on the well regarded Josper Grill delivering what we certainly believe is the best steak to be had in London.
Now, since Goodman also sell burgers (priced at £14 so cheaper than B&L), Goodman Canary Wharf offers two thirds of what Burger & Lobster offers but with the ability to book a table! This seems like a major find and one we are sure to take advantage of in future. Keen to compare the lobster offering, the restaurant kindly let us try a lobster roll as a starter and it's every bit as delicious as B&L, principally because it's the very same thing (though a touch more mayo is applied at Goodman CW). So far then, bingo.
Nebraska versus USDA beef: what's the difference? Well, in the US, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service offers a voluntary beef grading program: the meet processor pays for an AMS grader to grade the carcasses at the abattoir and certain standards need to be upheld. Ultimately though, it is a government based marketing service. Diners need not fear then that beef is not USDA certified, if you trust in the provenance. At Goodman, we certainly do.
We must alas leave Nebraska beef there for now since we ordered from the board, the specials board that is which carries an even more extensive list of beefy options. In another transatlantic taste test, we had between the four of us a 40 day aged USDA bone in ribeye, and a 30 day aged Belted Galloway bone in ribeye. true to Goodman form, these were both fantastic steaks, both perfectly cooked. By a unanimous vote, the Belted Galloway was considered the better of the two on both taste and texture. However, there was not even a need for a doggie bag on this occasion, piranhas could not have done a better job in returning clean bones to the kitchen.
Which of the Goodmans you choose to visit will probably depend on where you live or work. However it little matters for they display a strong level of consistency between restaurants and our meals at each have all been first class. Goodman Canary Wharf does however do a Lobster Roll and that might occasionally influence things.
In summary, four hungry people entered the restaurant, four happy people left. Goodman Canary Wharf is, we are pleased to report, 100% Goodman.
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