Often when you search for the best London steakhouses, the majority of lists are dominated by the big players on London’s restaurant scene such as Flat Iron, Hawksmoor and Gaucho.
Flat Iron certainly has the affordability factor covered, while Hawksmoor and Gaucho serve up what are undoubtedly some of the best cuts of meat in the Capital, if not the whole of the UK. There’s no denying that.
However, with such a dominated market, it’s all too easy for many of the smaller London Steakhouses to get overlooked. Steakhouses which definitely deserve recognition for their tasty cuts of meat, perfectly paired sides and award-winning wine menus.
So to celebrate the unsung heroes of the London steak scene, here’s where you’ll find some of London’s best steak at the lesser-known London steakhouses…
Best London Steakhouses you probably didn’t know about:
ROXIE’S STEAK, SOUTH WEST LONDON
Roxies is a chain of local London steakhouses with 5 restaurants in Fulham, Putney, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Earlsfield. The restaurants pride themselves on being casual and welcoming places where local residents can pop by anytime to enjoy quality steak for affordable prices.
Roxies has long been one of my favourite London steakhouses and in my opinion, serves some of the best steak in London.
The South African owned steakhouses serve a simple menu of high-quality cuts carefully sourced from the UK, Australia & The Pampas regions of South America, all aged for 21 days or more. My favourite cut of steak in Roxies has to be the slightly more unusual pichana, with its delicious flavour and tender texture.
The Roxie’s Butchers Feast is one of the best value steak dinners in London, with a butchers cut of steak, fries, beef dipping jus, a homemade sauce and a glass of Malbec or Prosecco for just £20. Add on the garlic mushrooms and creamed spinach and you’re good to go (trust me).
And while we’re on the topic of great value for money, if you head to Roxies on a Tuesday make sure to try their ‘Rack Attack‘, a full rack of delicious baby back ribs and a portion of chips for just £10. Without a doubt some of the best ribs in London!
MODERN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE (MASH), SOHO
MASH is a small chain of steakhouses with a handful of steak restaurants scattered across Denmark, Germany and, of course, London. Despite having begun in Copenhagen and branding themselves as the ‘American Steakhouse’, MASH takes a global approach to their steak.
At their London restaurant, located on Brewer Street in Soho, you can choose between the likes of Danish sirloin, New York strip, Scottish rib-eye, Uruguayan fillet and Japanese Wagyu. If you’re looking for something a little different go for the Uruguayan cuts, with MASH being one of the only places in London serving them.
MASH is also one of the best steak restaurants in London for starters, sides and sauces.
With starters including oysters, caviar, beef tartare and lobster risotto, you’re guaranteed to impress your date. Then alongside your steak, try sides such as the creamy spinach with gruyere, spiced edamame, bone marrow, chilli-cheese balls and, most importantly, their tasty signature MASH potato with bacon and onions.
The Soho based restaurant is a great place to spend an entire evening, with the large, elegant underground bar serving an award-winning wine list and bespoke cocktails until 1am on weekends.
The a la carte menu is certainly on the pricier side, making it one of the best London steakhouses for a special occasion. However, you can also get the slightly more limited (but still featuring their signature steaks) set theatre menu for just £30 for 3 courses.
SILK & GRAIN, CITY
Located in the heart of the city, Silk & Grain is an independent award-winning steak restaurant. Their stylish split-level space close to Bank station combines gothic decor with modern and open glass panels. The downstairs level is used as a cocktail bar which is particularly popular with city workers, while the upstairs mezzanine is a spacious dining area.
Silk & Grain serve only quality Scottish dry-aged steak supplied by Master Butcher John Gilmour, an independent family run butcher based in Scotland. Their menu includes standard cuts like sirloin, fillet, ribeye and côte de boeuf, as well as larger chops of tomahawk, chateaubriand and porterhouse to share.
You can spice up your steak with one of their unique sauces such as maple whisky ketchup or truffle hollandaise, then add tasty sides including applewood smoked mac and cheese (don’t miss this!) and purple sprouting broccoli.
Silk & Grain has to be one of the best London steakhouses for group dining, with their Feast Menu including a trio of starters each, sharing steaks and a variety of sides and sauces on the table, and finally a selection of trifle, chocolate baked Alaska and sticky toffee pudding (my favourite!). The Feast is £40 per person or £50 with half a bottle of wine each.
The restaurant’s experimental cocktails are also a massive draw, with Silk & Grain switching up the traditional barrel-ageing process of spirits for the less traditional methods of leather ageing, metal ageing and even glass ageing.
KEW GRILL, RICHMOND
Kew Grill is the London steakhouse owned by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, located on Kew Green in Richmond, opposite the iconic Kew Gardens.
The restaurant boasts a cool and rustic look with exposed brick walls, wooden floors and leather seating, with the corresponding motto ‘real food for real people, no pompous surroundings, no fuss just excellent quality traditional food served in a relaxed and enjoyable way‘.
The chilled-out atmosphere is paired with delicious and beautifully presented food, making it perfect for a casual but elegant steak dinner with friends, colleagues or a date.
The confidence the restaurant has in their food is obvious with their claim of ‘the best steak you’ll ever eat’, and it’s safe to say they’re not far from living up to this promise with their dry aged fillet steak.
The cuts of meat can also be topped with a whole range of extras, such as garlic mushrooms, melting onions, fried egg, grilled chorizo and blue cheese, as well as a good variety of tasty sauces.
One thing which is done particularly well at Kew Grill is their wine pairings, with the friendly and knowledgeable staff helping you pick the perfect wine to accompany your meal. And what’s even better is that the restaurant has some beautiful bottles of wine for more than affordable prices.
LONDON’S STREET FOOD MARKETS
Believe it or not, London’s many street food markets are great places for picking up some of the best steak in London.
Even though they don’t technically count as a steakhouse, street food stalls are accessible, affordable and have much higher quality cuts than you would probably think.
Try The Beefsteaks at Kerb Food and Maltby Street Market for an 18th Century exclusive London steak club reimagined as inclusive 21st Century street food. Their tasty strips of succulent steak come of a bed of chips or inside of a filling sandwich. Make sure to try Beefsteaks chimichurri sauce with your steak.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on the best London steak restaurants you probably didn’t know about!
Please let me know what you think if you end up trying any of them…