4-6 Essex Road
New establishment, Meat People in Angel has got things just right. From the springbok and steaks on the menu to the non-greasy salt and pepper squid starters.
This new London meat-centered restaurant, settled in a 1920s Grade II-listed building is already racking up the bookings each weekend, with it’s cosy, speakeasy atmosphere and copper and velvet decor.
This may be predominantly a London steak joint but Meat People has a blinding list of cocktails too, the rose petal martini being a firm favourite as well as some good sized (they won’t but your gut after the two courses you have had already) puddings.
Although this does feel like a trendy local joint the staff are friendly, accommodating and upbeat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our ribeye (small £17.50), apparently the most popular Argentinean steak on the menu which would make sense as the head chef is Argentinian.
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New to Smithfields is Blackhouse, a welcome addition to an area that seems to have missed a lot of restaurant openings this year.
Their tagline is Solid. Honest. Simple. And they intend to build on, and take inspiration from, Smithfield’s rich meat market heritage.
It will serve of course, meat. For over 800 years meat has been bought and sold in Smithfield and Blackhouse will carry this tradition on.
With seven cuts of steak, surf and turf and burgers as well as some great seafood dishes on the menu it’s pretty extensive compared to a lot of the new meat options that have popped up this year.
The average main will set you back about £20. We’re pretty interested in the Char Sui Pork Belly coming in at a reasonable £14.25. There are some very nice sounding cocktails including the Mint and Violet Crush and a Banoffee Martini on the cocktail menu that are enough to get us down alone.
Blackhouse also has private dining rooms available as well as acoustic performances most afternoons.
2-3 West Smithfield
020 7246 0900
Shying away from affordability and the general Americana steakhouse trends is STK on The Strand.
With a decor that you could mistake for a Mayfair nightclub the restaurant would match well seating a Paris Hilton or Kardashian.
Maybe it is to attract ladies of this ilk that STK brands itself as female friendly, offering small, female size steaks as well as man steaks that are of course, bigger. We, the public proportion of the female world that has normal eating habits resent this.
Their tagline is “Not your Daddy’s steakhouse” and their website looks a little like it could be angling for Stringfellow’s custom.
The food isn’t bad though at the same time isn’t worth the price tag. If you’re planning at trip go on payday and leave any judgmental tendencies at the door and you should enjoy it.
336-337 The Strand
020 7395 3450
So today is the day that we're all meant to be depressed, Blue Monday. So how about we cheer you all up and tell you about Flat Iron's free steak offer? Now where else are you going to find free steak in London on a miserable (if snowy white) Monday?
Flat Iron, now in their permanent Soho location are offering diners free Wagyu Picana steak if you buy drinks and sides to accompany - we reckon that's a pretty good deal.
Flat Iron, if you've not been yet it an amazing steak location that began as a pop up and is now a fully fledged restaurant serving excellent steak at affordable no fuss prices.
The offer is for today only and starts from 5pm.
17 Beak Street, W1F 9RW
Danish restaurant Mash (short for Modern American Steakhouse) opens in Piccadilly next month, in the huge space above Brasserie Zédel once home to Marco Pierre White's Titanic Restaurant.
After going down a storm in Denmark London is the first to get a bit of the action outside it's danish beginnings.
For the soft launch next month MASH are going to show us why we shodul love an American steak house born and bred in Denmark by offering us 50% off their food.
As well as steak there are fish options and of course desserts and sides (chilli fries and marrowbone), there is also the coveted and massaged Australian Wagyu steak cut on the menu as well as a great wine list as MASH's founders are both sommeliers as well as restaurateurs
Sat 3rd Nov - Mon 12th Nov
77 Brewer Street, W1F
Book your table here.