The Best Steaks
Any man worth his salt appreciates a good steak. It's probably because it's such a simple, Neanderthal, pleasure: get meat, throw on fire, eat. In reality though, there are myriad things that can influence and affect what constitutes a good steak. Cuts, breeds, hang times, cooking process, temperatures and of course, how to have it cooked all play a part, but if you want to try the restaurants that we think get it right, check out these cornucopias of carnivorous delights.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JG
The Spitalfields venue caused quite a stir when it opened but, for us, this atmospheric art-deco version in Covent Garden is the perfect setting for what are without doubt some of the very best steaks in London town.
Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
5 reviews
Goodman
11 Old Jewry, Bank, London, EC2R 8DU
The one place that steak fans think can really match the Hawksmoors, this burgeoning chain is very impressive indeed, even if it's not quite as cool as some of its peers. The steaks are incredible though, with magnificent cuts expertly handled.
Our rating
****-
User rating
*****
1 review
Maze Grill
London Marriott, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JP
We know this place might not have the best reputation but the Wagyu here is out of this world. Ridiculously expensive it may well be, but it's cooked perfectly and is still the best steak some of us have ever had. By far.
Our rating
***--
User rating
***--
14 reviews
JW Steakhouse
Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7TN
A big board displays the special cuts available, and although they might not be as good as they think they are, they're still pretty good. A favourite of the moneyed of Mayfair.
Our rating
*****
User rating
*****
16 reviews
Smiths of Smithfield Top Floor
67-77 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ
John Torode's stack of restaurants and bars has to do a good a steak, primarily due to it being in the heart of an area known for its meat. Thankfully it does do a very good steak indeed, with the top floor serving up an impressive selection of rare cuts that include a phenomenal chateaubriand for two. Or one incredibly greedy beast.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
4 reviews
The Chamberlayne
83 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND
This pub and steakhouse over in Kensal Rise is a favourite of many a steak fan, with quality cuts cooked to perfection in one of the nicest boozers in London. Again, the chateaubriand is seriously, seriously good, and there's a very solid selection of reds with which to wash it down.
Our rating
****-
User rating
***--
1 review
Sophie's Steakhouse
311-313 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9QH
The first of two steakhouses bearing Sophie's name, this Fulham favourite is still going strong since its very welcome arrival back in 2002. Given the name you might think that this is a dainty affair but you'd be wrong - the steaks coming from the very competent kitchen are big, butch and downright delicious.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
3 reviews
Flat Iron
17 Beak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9RW
Okay, so the actual steak might not be the best in London but the value is. For just £10 you can tuck into a pretty darn good steak with a side salad chucked in for good measure, which is certainly better than a kick in the swingers.
Our rating
*****
User rating
*****
1 review

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