Hawksmoor is ALWAYS a good idea in our opinion, never more so than when there’s a new menu doing the rounds and a whole host of new dishes to tuck into.
Hawksmoor’s Executive Chef Matt Brown (who has previously worked in Michelin-starred kitchens) has come up with a fresh new summer offering.
We kicked off with a tried and tested starter, one that gets rave reviews but for some reason, we’d not tried before. The Hawksmoor classic potted beef & bacon with Yorkshires. Let us warn you, you should be prepared to get messy. With two large Yorkshires, a portion of potted beef and a gravy boat, this is definitely big enough to share. Our cheeky waiter watched on to see how we’d tackle it – we’re told it says a lot about you. Well, we ripped pieces of Yorkshire off, slathered it in beef (and the butter topping) and then dipped the lot in gravy. Analyse THAT.
For balance we also shared the spring herb salad with creamy goat’s curd, radishes and a sourdough crisp. The fresh mint leaves and crunchy veg could not have been more removed from the beef, proving there really is something for everyone on this menu. It’s the perfect summer starter.
Also on the set menu (which is priced at the excellent £25 for 2 courses or £28 for 3) is 35-day aged rump with triple cooked chips (which just so happens to be our favourite cut) and roasted hake with heritage tomatoes & new potatoes.
The veggie option is chargrilled heritage courgettes with Twineham Grange dumplings and courgette fries.
We know what you’re thinking – what sort of MANIAC would order the veggie option at a steak restaurant. Well dear readers, when the lovely Boris, our waiter at Seven Dials, explained just how much he loved it we couldn’t pass it up. Thankfully Boris is a good man, with great taste. It’s a beaut of a dish and not one we’d have ordered because the word dumpling makes us think of our nana’s cooking (sorry nan). In reality, it’s a plate of beautiful gnocchi, layered up with chargrilled courgettes, a huge handful of crunchy courgette fries and a good dusting of Twineham Grange cheese. The steak is obviously excellent as well – perfectly cooked with a gorgeous charred crust, it’s served with a bottle of homemade ketchup.
Other summer specials include langoustine scampi & chips and the completely-new-and-in-no-way-trademark-infringing take on the hamburger, the Big Matt.
For puddings, choose from peanut butter shortbread, salted caramel ice cream; Original Beans chocolate, pannacotta, raspberries, lemon & elderflower granita or the perfectly light and almost healthy, grilled peaches, almond meringue and muscat cream.
The Hawksmoor Summer Set Lunch menu and Summer Lunch Specials will be available for lunch only, 12-3pm Monday to Saturday at all Hawksmoor restaurants from Monday, 8th July.
Hawksmoor London: Spitalfields, Seven Dials, Guildhall, Air Street, Knightsbridge, Borough, Hawksmoor Manchester, Hawksmoor Edinburgh
It’s still our favourite steakhouse in London – you go guys!