This is not a list of regular steak houses, but an eclectic collection of steak brought to you via diverse cuisines and places of origin. Martini Mandate’s top 5 steak restaurants in London include Argentinean, Japanese and British styles, with steak originating from Scotland, Australia and Argentina.
3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG
Steak and king crab. If that’s your idea of a good time Beast serves it up well in a communal atmosphere that’s masculine with a touch of Hogwarts. It’s a lot of food and it’s expensive. The set meal, your only option, costs £75 a head. There is a solid cocktail list and a list of expensive wines. This is an expense account meal. Read my review here: Vegetarians: What’s the Point. A Review of a Steak Restaurant.
25 Swallow Street, London W1B 4QR and The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, Richmond TW10 6UJ
The venerable steak franchise serves Argentinian steak as well as a decent seafood menu. Decent if unspectacular cocktails. I like the Piccadilly Circus location for large groups but my favourite location is on the banks of the Thames in Richmond. Try not to think too much about the carbon footprint of your food. The Churrassco de Chorizo, a piece of spiral cut steak marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil is a personal favourite.
11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG
One of the first of the “new crop” of steak houses in London. Great cocktails and lots of traditional accompaniments – bone marrow on toast is one of my favourites! Several locations in London although the original in Seven Dials (Covent Garden) is still my favourites with its cavernous underground dining room.
15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
Fine Japanese cuisine and superb Wagyu steak known for its intense marbling and soft texture. This is not a traditional steak house but a very good Japanese restaurant. The steak comes in different serving sizes and is usually part of a more elaborate multi course Japanese meal, cooked at your table. Good theatre and a good selection of sake.
32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX
These guys do just steak and chicken – and they do them very well. The space is a converted tram station and the art installations are by Damien Hirst. Dig in with the hipsters in Shoreditch. The steak is aged 28 days in Himalayan salt. Read the Martini Mandate review here:Cockshots and the Candidates: US Election Issue