June 01, 2015 London UK Europe

Hawksmoor in London: A Popular Place for a Reason

Phone Number: +44 20 7406 3980

Address: 5A AIR STREET, LONDON W1J 0AD

Website: http://thehawksmoor.com

Price Range: 60-100 $

RATING:86/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 9/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 28/30

Architecture / Interior: 8/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Value for money: 8/10

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Hawksmoor is a popular place in London that starts getting packed at 7pm. Up on the first floor on Air Street you’ll find the bar, where we chose to sit down for a drink. We started off with a glass of water to refresh and hydrate before trying their local signature drink… and moving on to enjoy some good food...

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The Hawksmoor is a very popular restaurant in London with half a dozen locations already known to have one of the city's best meat.

The Hawksmoor Collins is the signature drink: Beefeater 24 gin, lemon juice, Campari, sugar syrup, orange buttes and soda. Indeed, it’s a refreshing drink with a hint of sweetness, a light after note of bitterness, strong lemony flavors and peppery aromas. Decorating the drink is a slice of red blood orange.  

It was a great first impression to say the least… 

Let’s look around… The bar area feels relaxed. Wood and green leather take over the space creating an old English style ambiance. The space boasts a low white ceiling with a bar on the left side and glass facades on the right with an overview of the street below. In the middle, you’ll find high tables with two lights surrounded by octagonal tables on the sides. 

More people continued to come in, but where are they fitting. I found the answer when we moved onto the dining is after finishing our drinks. Immense! A huge space occupies the whole floor, from side to side, filled with round, oval, square, tables of all sizes surrounded by green or brown leather chairs. All tables are decorated with a set of cutlery and a table napkin. 

The low ceiling backlit add warm light, while a row of mirrors on the left side make the space look even bigger. The best part is that the space comes with a view on one of the world's most famous London streets - Regent’s Street.  

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Menu is printed on an individual paper and includes starters, seafood, steaks and sides. Specialized in meat, Hawksmoor, serves filet, sirloin, rib-eye, T-Bone or D-Rump as well as a selection of fish. An interesting rich menu.

  • Mackerel: Simplicity redefined into a small jar. A jar filled with smoked mackerel topped with a layer of fat next to cucumber slices and toasted bread. The mackerel is so tender transformed into a canned tuna-like consistency with a hint of lemon and a certain juiciness making it special. The smokiness erupts a bite after the other. Cucumbers, crunchy and fresh, a light sweetness and topped with dill. A superb plate.

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  • My friends ordered the roast scallops presented in their shell. Three scallops marinated in lemon and garlic. Everyone loved them.
  • The meat was amazing. Really good meat grilled to perfection with a moist heart and rich flavors. Next to that you’ll find creamy spinach, crunchy potatoes, tender giant mushrooms and some really nice macaroni and cheese. The meat, although very tender still has character. It takes some force to cut through its red heart and black envelope, but once in your mouth… you’ll enjoy its tenderness as well as tasty textures.

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I'm not sure what else can be said but this place really deserves its reputation for serving some great meat.

Dessert followed:

  • Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart: It’s good, super good. A thin layer of extremely crunchy dough filled with a mousse-like chocolate cream with an intense flavor and a light salty aftertaste. Amazing!
  • Peanut Butter Cake: A cookie like chunk with a crunchy biscuit hosting a creamy nuts cream. Excellent!
  • Coffee Sticky Pudding: This reminded me of Chili's Molten Mud Pie but with a touch of finesse. A creamy airy fudge cake bathing in a coffee sauce. I loved the texture, ingredients and sweetness.

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On Regent Street, Hawksmoor, is a restaurant I'll visit again soon. 




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