Hawksmoor is a proper British steakhouse. The food is to die for (many cows have, in fact), the interior is super plush and the service is quick, friendly and efficient.
We will not beat about the bush here; we are obsessed with steak. And steak doesn’t get much better than Hawksmoor’s 400g ribeye of wonderment and glory. It’s an experience. A good one.
We visited the Air Street (just off Regent Street) Hawksmoor of a winter’s evening, and what awaited us did shock and amaze. Upon arrival we were guided upstairs by a waitress who seemed determined to escape us. She quickly did this, depositing us with another lady entirely, whose job it was to show us to the table.
We then walked for about 18 miles through the gigantic restaurant, the aromas of all the world’s meat filling our brains with a sort of happy steak-fog.
Having been seated and presented with wine, we made the correct decision of ribeye, times two, with chips and béarnaise sauce.
Not long after, a life changing plate of food did appear before us. This steak doesn’t look that great in the photo, but that’s because the restaurant is basically pitch black, with only the happiness of London’s greediest carnivores providing small pockets of light.
Rest assured, the steak at Hawksmoor is fantastic. Cooked just how you like, soft like butter and meaty like meat. That’s how we’d describe it; we have a way with words, wouldn’t you say?
Gluten Free Options at Hawksmoor
Of course a steakhouse is a very gluten free friendly choice, but Hawksmoor have gone one better by providing an allergen menu with a traffic light system showing what’s gluten free, what can be made gluten free and what’s not safe at all. Just ask your waiter to see it. Of course the steak is fine, and many of the sauces are good too.
The Hawksmoor Cocktail Bar
After demolishing half a cow we rolled into the adjacent cocktail bar, because if we’d attempted to negotiate the stairs so soon afterwards it would surely have ended in disaster. Messy disaster.
We picked two cocktails, but were told one was too bitter and we wouldn’t like it. So the barman made us something special, with raspberries and enough alcohol to set the town alight. They were both delicious, and not too badly priced for the area at £9.
The true alcoholics amongst you should order something called a ‘zombie’. This giant bowlful of booze isn’t actually on the menu because it’s probably illegal, but if you mutter it to the barman he’ll laugh uproariously and knock one up for you.
Expensive but worth it, we’d eat here every day if we could. Great gluten free menu and very knowledgeable staff too. Top marks from us!