"Solid, Honest and Simple. Proper Food" is what this restaurant declares and I was
definitely intrigued to see they could live up to this claim on my first visit to The Grill
on the Market.
Arriving at the restaurant with my husband on a cold Friday night, we were met by a
busy bustling place full of what were surely office workers enjoying the start of their
weekend. Many were no doubt there to make use of the offer of a special January
50% off discount as well as the two for one cocktails. Do make a note however that
this offer applies only on set cocktails and when ordered at the bar, as we later found
We were seated in our very own booth that was still close to the bar area so we were
immersed in the atmosphere and buzz of a Friday night.
The staff at The Grill on the Market were incredibly welcoming from the minute we walked in. We wanted to make our seating time a little earlier and luckily there was space for us.
We then met two waitresses that served us our drinks and meal who were very friendly and informative. One even told us that she had a full time day job but did not want to stop working there as she really loved the restaurant and all her colleagues. A good testament to a sound workplace.
To start with we both opted for a cocktail from their extensive list, a negroni for my husband and a margarita for myself. Both were delicious and came served in beautiful glasses.
Before even looking at the menu I sauntered over to where all the meat was kept in tall fridges. My husband had his eye on the bigger cuts of meat, which as you can see, also came with a big price tag.
Although I was thinking about having a starter, there was nothing that particularly tempted me enough and I also thought I'd prefer to save myself for the main course, sides and potentially dessert.
We decided to share the Scotch Porterhouse which was 1KG and opted for both the red wine and shallot sauce as well as the black peppercorn sauce. The black peppercorn sauce was the best choice hands down and the red wine sauce was definitely nice but nothing special.
As you can see it comes rather casually served on a big wooden board with a small side salad. We also chose roasted root vegetables and chips which were both a good accompaniment to the Porterhouse.
As you can see this dish is not served in the most glamorous way but it doesn't need to be as this is of course, solid, proper food. The Scotch Porterhouse definitely lived up to expectations and was an excellent cut of meat with the perfect balance. Porterhouse is usually characterised by being lean but tender and with a thin top strip of fat for extra taste. This had all of that and more. I wondered whether we would be able to eat a full Kg of steak, but my husband was only too happy to take the lions share. We also ordered a good red wine to accompany our steak.
We also chose roasted root vegetables and chips which were both a good accompaniment to the Porterhouse.
I definitely have a sweet tooth and it doesn't take much to tempt me with dessert, especially on a cold winter's night in January. The apple crumble with ice cream was calling and thankfully it did not disappoint. For me, with crumbles its all about the topping being crunchy but not dry or soggy and this one was excellent, a great portion size too.
My husband ate the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream which he said was one of the best he'd ever eaten, a bold statement indeed. It was definitely a delicious choice when I tried it, with its light sponge and nutty bite.
One thing to bear in mind at this restaurant is that it is definitely expensive. You are paying very similar prices to the likes of Hawksmoor and Goodmans but it is a very different setting and style of restaurants with this one being a lot more rustic. To receive 50% off your total food bill you can sign up and become a member here
In terms of event space, there is plenty on offer but nothing private. You can reserve areas in the bar or big areas for dinner but this would be an informal setting. A great option if you're looking for after work cocktails with simple options to share like thai fishcakes, chicken skewers and chips.
The Grill on the Market
2-3 West Smithfield
City of London
For bookings, Tel. 0207 246 0900