Hawksmoor is a very British steakhouse that serves British meat cooked on a charcoal grill. The steaks are thick and are supplied by The Ginger Pig, the award-winning butchers and farmers based in North Yorkshire.
Hawksmoor, 157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote is a French restaurant that only serves one dish: steak frites with green salad. Yep, no menu (except for desserts). There are two branches in London, one in New York, and a couple in Europe. I visited the Marylebone London restaurant. Read my review...
Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote, 120 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QG/
5 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AD
A New York-style steakhouse in Mayfair, Goodman uses prime beef from grain-fed herds, then matured in their own dry-aging room and cooked over charcoal. Staff will bring the cuts of meat to your table to explain and advise.
Goodman, 26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1QH
4. Big Easy
The Big Easy is modeled on a 19th century, American Gulf Coast crabshack. It's a relaxed atmosphere with live music every night. Steaks are supplied by Donald Russell, The Queen's supplier, and are fully-traceable, grass-fed beef. Steaks are big so make sure you're hungry.
Big Easy, 332-334 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR
The Black & Blue steakhouses may look different outside but they have "an interior design style created specifically to enhance the dining experience" I'm told. They believe in simply cooked food and consistency across all of their restaurants. Black & Blue serve English beef, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days.
Black & Blue (various locations).
This is steak Argentine-style. Gaucho Piccadilly is the branch I've heard the most good reports about but I'm sure all of the restaurants are great. Gaucho Piccadilly has four floors including a wine boutique, bar on the ground floor and live entertainment on the top floor. It's a carnivore heaven.
Gaucho (various locations).
Apparently, London once had many of these old oyster and chop houses and Hix tries to evoke that era with the best of the season's oysters and a variety of meats. Steak options include steaks on the bone such as Porterhouse and Hanger steak with baked bone marrow. It's a lovely venue with wood paneling, the original wooden flooring, and a marble and wooden oyster bar.
Hix Oyster & Chop House, 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6BN
Sophie's Steakhouse serves British steaks dry-aged for 28 days at two locations in London. The restaurants have a "New York warehouse feel" I'm told. They have a no booking system but you can wait at the bar. The restaurants are always busy and have a fun, vibrant, buzzy atmosphere.
Sophie's Steakhouse, 311-313 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH /
29-31 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DB
9. Maze Grill
Maze Grill is a Gordon Ramsey restaurant, modeled on New York grill restaurants, and serves a wide range of different breeds and cuts of beef cooked on an original coal grill. Check out The Butcher's Block: a large oak table where up to 12 diners can watch the kitchens.
Maze Grill, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
10. Cattle Grid
Cattle Grid buy their British meat from Smithfield Market in London and like to offer a better-priced meal. There's no table service and it is an "express dining concept" but don't be put off as the food is great. They even have a loyalty card system so you can soon claim a free steak dinner.
Cattle Grid (various locations).