We edged on the side of caution when it came to the starters wanting to preserve our capacity, but warned that the main course would take some time to cook, we settled on potted smoked mackerel and potted Yorkshire beef, both with toast, to share between three; it proved an ideal and tasty beginning.
For the mains, we ordered a full kilo of Chateaubriand medium rare between two (which would later require a plus size doggy bag for what we couldn’t finish), a bone marrow side, triple cooked chips, a tomato salad and the stilton hollandaise. Our dining companion had the burger and a disapproving look from the waitress when he asked for it well done. The wine list was competitively priced with for example the Pichon Baron 1995 priced at £130 which compares with an online retail price ranging from £75 to £100 so not bad then.
In fact, having just written this and thought about just how good lunch was, I couldn’t help but interrupt the blog post to go down to the fridge and raid the aforementioned doggy bag for a couple of strips of beef; just eaten cold, it is still so so good. It makes me think that it’s worth over-ordering whenever you visit Hawksmoor just so you can do this, have some extra at home to nibble on when you’re overcome by sadness that you’re not still sitting right there at the table, or that the next steak you eat probably wont taste anywhere near as good as this and might in fact taste of nothing at all.
Elsewhere, the triple cooked chips were delicious, more so than Heston’s at The Hinds Head in Bray which on several occasions have left us a little underwhelmed. Each chip probably takes a day off your life from the fat content alone but it’s probably worth it and neither of us wants to live forever. The bone marrow came in a generous portion (and good value too at £3) and added an extra layer of indulgence when smothered over the beef. The half lobster on the side (which we didn’t order) is perhaps taking it an indulgence too far.
The staff were great, both friendly and happy to work in a restaurant where they’re proud of what they’re serving. It shows. We were happy too. Is it the best steak in London? Quite probably yes. I certainly don’t feel a need to go the Gaucho Grill again if I can go to Hawksmoor instead. We’ve yet to try MPW and in the interest of the blog, we will soon and we’ll report back, but when nothing else but beef will do, we think we’ve found home.