Last week the original Hawksmoor steak restaurant in Spitalfields re-opened it’s doors for a soft launch after it’s refurbishment. With all the recommendations I’d been given about this restaurant I thought this would be a prime opportunity to make my very first visit.
Renowned for their incredible steaks from The Ginger Pig butcher, I was also eager to test out other aspects of menu such as their all important side dishes, desserts and wine.
Arriving at the restaurant with my parents and husband on a damp and dreary day, we thankfully checked in our soggy coats and umbrellas into the cloakroom before entering the restaurant.
There was a lively yet relaxed atmosphere where everyone looked happy to be in the warm and excited about their lunches. The new refurbishment looked art deco in its theme with lots of greens, golds and stunning stained glass windows.
Knowing that we were about to order a lot of meat, we opted to skip starters and order the mains. I chose a 400g medium rare rib eye steak with sides to share including mac and cheese, triple cooked chips and winter greens. The steak was seasoned perfectly and a really delicious piece of well cooked meat. Before going to the restaurant I watched videos on you tube about how they cook the meat on a fiercely hot Turkish charcoal grill.
My Dad and husband ordered the 1.1kg porterhouse, which looked very impressive although was not quite as flavoursome as my rib eye, which they agreed.
My Mum had the fillet which she enjoyed although I’m not sure how she could when she’d asked for it to be cremated, I mean cooked medium, well. It didn't look quite as impressive next to the Porterhouse as you can see above. I had definitely ordered the best cut in my rib eye and savoured every bite.
As for the wine we ordered two bottles of the Mas Montel 'La Petite Syrah', 2014 from Pays d'Oc, France. It was the perfect soft, fruity wine pairing for our flavoursome steaks.
The side dishes of triple cooked chips and mac and cheese were excellent, the chips were piping hot and the mac and cheese was incredibly moreish. The winter greens gave some much needed balance to an otherwise heavy and rich meal.
As time progressed, I noticed that the restaurant operated like a well oiled machine with everyone knowing their roles with great precision. The staff certainly showcased a brilliant team effort and we were fortunate to have been able to stay in the restaurant for almost four hours which was very relaxing.
The desserts were impressive to look at. Between us we had the peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream, the sticky toffee pudding and the rhubarb and custard tart with stem ginger.
I had the peanut butter shortbread (pictured above) which, being such a peanut butter fan, I really enjoyed the nutty texture although after a while I felt the shortbread did seem a little dry. This is not something to order if you do not like your desserts too sweet.
In terms of event space and dinner bookings I’d really recommend Hawksmoor, it is an impressive restaurant which caters for customers who are passionate about meat in a relaxed environment. A great setting for a relaxed dinner with colleagues or a more special private dinner perhaps in their bar room downstairs. Yes, it is expensive but you can trust that the experience will not disappoint.
157A Commercial St,