This former fruit warehouse is now Carnivore Central in Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s confidently expanding empire, and the bar a place of pilgrimage in its own right for cocktail geeks.
Winner of Time Out’s Best New Restaurant award in 2011, the discreet-fronted basement location is elevated to a high-end destination with a characterful interior of reclaimed materials and the fan-boys’ zeal for premium meats and other taste sensations. The bad news is, with a similar appreciation of gustatory pleasures (a couple of cocktails, say, followed by crab or lobster, sirloin and side dishes, wine and pudding), dinner here can easily set you back £100 a head.
The good news is the express menu (ideal pre-theatre when tables are easy to snare) proffers two courses for £22 and three courses for £25 – and still allows enjoyment of fine Ginger Pig Longhorn ribeye (a more-than-strictly-needed 250g), and bone marrow with onions. Desserts here, in our experience, don’t benefit from the same obsessive attention to detail as the beef dripping chips, kimchi burger, hot dogs or historic anti-fogmatics – still, there’s the post-prandial cocktail list to peruse featuring the likes of Climpson’s espresso martini.
Our goal has always been to serve the best steak in London, and we’ve spent a long time looking for the ideal breed, choosing best cuts and researching recipes – we hope you’ll appreciate the final result. But we also work hard to make everything on our menu the best possible. We want to do the best breakfast in London at our Guildhall restaurant and the best Sunday lunch at Seven Dials, Spitalfields and Air Street. For breakfast, think enormous Full English, Sausage & Egg HkMuffin, plum doughnuts, and lots of options for people with a smaller (and dare we say healthier) appetites. And our Sunday lunch – which is all about roast beef – has been featured in the Observer Food Monthly Best Sunday Lunch in the UK.