Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Hi Pigging out around the World Readers:
I’ve got fantastic news 🙂 Dr. Ben, who has been eating and noming with us for the last 2 years or so have moved to England. Whilst we missed him a lot, he has decided to be our London correspondent! EXCITEMENT!
Please give a very very warm welcome to Dr. Ben on his very first blog post about Hawksmoor Seven Dials!
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
11 Langley Street
London, UK WC2H 9JG
(020) 7420 9390
Hawksmoor has been described as the best steak restaurant in London, serving native cattle breeds cooked over charcoal. They have opened a few restaurants in London and we decided to try the one at Seven Dials, located in the old Watney-Combe brewery tucked down a quiet street minutes walk between Covent Garden station and Seven Dials. At the entrance we were welcomed by a few matrons who kindly took our coats for safekeeping. We were shown our tables on a floor below, where the restaurant comes alive firstly with the bar buzzing with activity and the restaurant filling fast with eager customers. The décor was absolutely amazing and cutlery and glassware so neatly arranged on each of the tables.
We were lucky enough to arrive early to sample their express meal which is served monday to Saturday from 12.00pm-3.00pm, early evening 5.00pm-6.30pm and post theatre 10pm to last orders. It was superb value for a restaurant of this repute, costing £23 for 2 courses and £26 for 3 courses.
Between the two of us, for the entrée we sampled the potted mackerel as well as the bone marrow with onions. The potted mackerel came with toasted thin bread and was extremely delicious, and not too salty or fishy which often puts me off mackerel. The bone marrow with onions is not for the faint-hearted due to its sheer size and richness, it could easily be filling enough as a main on its own. The marrow complements the thick bread ever so well.
As for mains, we could not go past the rib eye which was cooked exactly as ordered, which for me was medium rare, and cooked with just enough charring to my liking. The steak comes with fries and on request their homemade tomato sauce makes for excellent dipping material. I ordered some Dijon mustard which was also superb. With regards to their steaks, they have a reasonable extensive selection of cuts such as T-bone, porterhouse, bone in prime rib, and chateaubriand. I would have liked to see Wagyu steaks in their menu, but they only serve locally sourced meats which can be seen as a good thing.
The service was punctual and not overbearing, although we did hear a lot of mutterings of “they are just ordering the express meal” which it is hard to know which way to take as a customer.
Overall, it was an enjoyable meal and would be happy to come again to try their other dishes. Décor 8.5/10, service 7.5/10, food 8.5/10, overall 8.5/10.