Hawksmoor - Seven Dials
Ever since starting at my job, Hawksmoor has proved a firm favourite for steak lovers when taken out for lunch. And with a tag line of ‘the best steak restaurant in London’, you’re bound to be intrigued. So you can imagine my excitement when after 10 months in my company, my time had come to be treated to Hawksmoor. And boy did it live up to my expectations.
Blink and you’ll miss the front door to this meat lover’s haven, tucked away in one of the cobbled alleys of Seven Dials. A sweeping staircase leads down into the bar area, reminiscent of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. You then walk through the archways to the converted brewery, complete with brick walls and reclaimed fittings resembling a gentleman’s club. It’s basically every city boy’s dream.
Now onto the real highlight. The food. I simply had to go for the 300g fillet steak (medium rare of course) with a peppercorn sauce. To add to this we ordered an array of sides: creamed spinach, sweet potato, mushrooms, beef dripping potatoes and triple cooked chips (carb overload here).
As if that wasn’t enough food, it seemed a solid idea to go for dessert as well - highly unnecessary but damn good. I went for the Kerry’s Orange and Chocolate Bar. Incredibly rich, but chocolately, velvety goodness. Enough said.
This is a great location for a working lunch, but I’m not sure if it would be top of the list to come with friends in terms of atmosphere (suits aplenty). But if you love your steak, it would be a crime to not try this out. And with fillet steak coming in just over £30, it’s actually not going to break the bank either.
A charming first visit, and I would relish the opportunity to come again.
Marinated chicken skewers with tzatziki at Bill’s, Covent Garden.
When you eat here, you just know that the ingredients will be fresh and healthy - which suited me perfectly. Except I did eat half a loaf of potato and rosemary bread. Oh and the warm mini cinnamon doughnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce…
Homemade Cauliflower Cheese - the ultimate comfort food.
Simply boil the cauliflower, then make the cheese sauce as follows:
For 1 large cauliflower -
1 pint of milk
4 tbsp.plain flour
Grated cheddar (as much as you can handle!)
Bring the milk, flour and butter to the boil, whisking quickly so the mixture does not turn lumpy, until it the sauce begins to thicken. Turn off the heat, then stir in the cheese.
Pour the sauce over the cauliflower in an oven dish, add extra cheese on top and grill till nice and crispy as the picture above.