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where to find the best steaks in london
London has some of the finest restaurants in the world. You’ll find everything from traditional English pub food to Michelin-starred Indian cuisine and everything in between. While you’ll probably love many local delicacies like fish and chips and toad in the hole, there are also plenty of great places to try steak in the city.
Here are some of London’s best steak restaurants.
Heliot Steak House - The Hippodrome
Heliot Steak House, which is located inside The Hippodrome Casino has been rated the "Best Steak Restaurant in London" by users of the restaurant reservation service, Bookatable. With room for 100 guests, Heliot Steak House serves up aged USDA prime steaks that have been asked for up to six weeks, helping to pack in tons of flavour.
Aside from the huge selection of cuts, guests can choose toppings like truffle, lobster tail, or roast bone marrow. They can also accompany their meat with their Millionaire's Mac & Cheese, which is described Heliot Steak House as the "ultimate decadent side dish".
Guests also get views over the casino floor while they dine and can join in before or after their meal. The Hippodrome has some of the most popular casino games you can find online, including blackjack, roulette, poker and slots.
While the mantra “you get what you pay for” often does apply to steak, there are always some exceptions. One of these is Goodman where you can find 100 grams of ribeye for just £5.
Despite the bargain prices, Goodman doesn’t sacrifice quality. You can choose from all the usual cuts of meats from the UK, the US and Australia. On the side, you can select from their many tasty dishes to accompany it. The Goodman speciality is chips fried in beef-dripping, sealing in oodles of flavour.
Smith & Wollensky
If you’ve ever been to New York, you will have likely come across Smith & Wollensky. This Big Apple steakhouse is an institution in the city, having built up its reputation over more than 30 years.
To serve their British cousins, Smith & Wollensky have crossed the pond to open a restaurant in London. It’s located in Covent Garden, inside The Adelphi Building, making it easy access from all over central London.
You get the same great experience, with the same great USDA beef. Everything is cooked to perfection and the staff are all well rehearsed on everything there is to know about steak. Combined with the impeccably dressed restaurant, the attention to detail at Smith & Wollensky serves up one of the best steakhouse experiences anywhere in the world, not just in London.
Temper Covent Garden
Temper focuses on grilled meats and their own flatbreads, although they serve other popular dishes like pizzas and tacos. They cook their meats on a grill in the centre of the restaurant, so you get to see it getting done correctly.
Meats are aged for 90 days to ensure they’re tender and packed with flavour. They’re then seasoned and fired to leave just the right amount of charring.
The Meat Co.
The Meat Co. describes itself as a restaurant that “leverages its African heritage” to create an innovatively designed decor full of colour and texture. The company has restaurants throughout the Middle East and South Africa, and its only European venue is in London.
The restaurant prides itself on sourcing the finest cuts of meat from around the world, which it then cooks to perfection. There are plenty of other options on the menu, including a selection of seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes, but its “super-aged meats” are the headline act.
It’s on the pricey side though: a 300-gram, 150-day aged, grain-fed fillet steak will set you back £59, while its roasted bonemarrow sauce costs an additional £7.25. It’s not unreasonably priced though for the quality of the steak and how it’s expertly cooked. As you’d expect from a chain with a strong presence in the Middle East, you’ll find a full menu of Halal meats at The Meat Co.