London is not short of steak restaurants but we think they all offer something a little different.
While Gaucho offers glitz and Hawksmoor has a more simplistic vibe, we found the London Steakhouse Co to exude a quietly confident air of sophistication.
Conveniently located just a few steps from Liverpool Street, this Marco Pierre White owned restaurant was full to the rafters on the Wednesday night we visited. Having recently undergone a renovation, we admired the well-stocked bar and intimate round tables for two complete with mini lamp & white tablecloth. Our friendly, knowledgeable waiter talked us through the menu and recommend a delicious glass of Malbec, served in (our favourite!) Riedel wine glass. We think the dining room would be well suited to local city boys for lunch, as well as a great place to take the parents when they are in town.
We opted for a well-seasoned bowl of watercress soup to start as well as the special of the day – a light dish of carpaccio beetroot with caramelised walnuts and crumbled goats cheese.
However, it goes without saying that steak is the name of the game here. British steak to be specific, sourced from esteemed Irish butcher Aubrey Allen. All steaks are dry-aged for 28 days and as the 24oz Porterhouse was new to the menu we thought we better give it a whirl. Pre-sliced for ease of sharing and served medium-rare, one side had the delicate flavours of fillet while the other had a more intense depth of flavour. We adored the peppercorn sauce – rich, creamy, blimmin delicious. We were tempted to take some home with us.
Soft, fluffy and hot inside, the Pont Deuf Chips and creamed spinach made for appetising sides but the panzanella salad was less successful.
Although it wasn’t our favourite steak in London (that honour goes to Sagardi at the moment!) priced at £54.00, the porterhouse was very good value (unlike uber expensive Sagardi!). You can even nab three courses for £27.50 at lunch or pre/post theatre so it’s bound to be popular with tourists staying in the area (evident from the numerous five star reviews it gets on tripadvisor).
My nan makes THE best sticky toffee pudding in the world, but London Steakhouse Co make an incredibly close second. Topped with vanilla ice-cream we had a near heavenly experience finishing it off – be sure to end your evening with this.
Impeccable service, old-school British glamour & good value steak make this a good restaurant to have up your sleeve if you find yourself in the area.