From the restaurants at luxury Mayfair hotels to the exquisite food hall at Harrods, London diners love a luxurious steak. However you like yours cooked there’s one out there calling your name; we list the best the city has to offer.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
If you’re after a first-class meal and a hotel stay, 45 Park Lane is just the place. The Mayfair hotel boasts a modern American steak restaurant; CUT at 45 Park Lane mirrors the award-winning original CUT in Beverly Hills. The hotspot offers Wagyu steaks and an extensive wine list. Our top pick is their True A5 Japanese 100 percent Wagyu Kagoshima Beef from Kyushy Prefecture, Japan. It’s a mere £140 for the 8oz Rib Eye Steak.
Among the fish markets, fruit and vegetables, and cheese, you’ll find a fine meat selection ready for you in the food hall: The Harrods Steakhouse. It’s the perfect place to find your inner foodie peace with a glass of champagne. Try the Kobe, the cut comes from Japanese Wagyu beef, which means the meat is completely melt-in-your-mouth tender and at £113 for a 300g steak, it should be. A meat lover’s paradise, The Steakhouse also serves steaks made from 21-day, dry-aged Aberdeen Angus in fillet, T-bone, sirloin and ribeye cuts, which customers can pre-select from the in-store butchers.
Gaucho at Tower Bridge
Views in London don’t get much better than Tower Bridge and Gaucho is an excellent place to sit back and overlook it with a glass of red wine. The staff bring out your steak selections to choose from, so ensure you choose your meat wisely. The top-price cut is the Lomo Fillet, a lean and tender steak with delicate flavouring. For £59.50, you’ll get 500g of juicy beefy goodness.
A restaurant like this only needs one letter to identify itself. M’s international grill restaurant specialises in the best steak cuts from across the world. Cuts from six selected countries, (including Wagyu from Australia and Kobe from Japan), range in price from £18 to £150. At M Restaurant, it’s £150 for a grade-10+ Wagyu, the top grade available in the UK. If you’re watching your budget, they do have a slightly cheaper option of Sirloin for £95.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking steak. With staff well versed in their subject matter, you cannot go wrong with whichever steak you select. The priciest piece is their 300g Fillet for £35. Their steaks are best paired with a cool cocktail from their bar. Popular favourites include the Somerset Sour or Marmalade Cocktail.
Smith & Wollensky
The name Smith & Wollensky originated in New York, where the owners selected randomly from a list of surnames in a telephone directory in 1977. The first restaurant opened that same year in New York, and then London in 2015. Hand-cut in their in-house butchery, the USDA Prime steaks are chosen from the top two percent and hand-selected for rich, even marbling, enhanced through a careful dry-aging process for 28 days to intensify the flavour and tenderness. The Marinated Bone-In Rib-Eye 680g steak for £59 is at the top of the price list.
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