Search

Restaurant review: Hawksmoor Guildehall, EC2

PUBLISHED: 16:05 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:05 03 June 2015

The Guildehall branch of Hawksmoor

The Guildehall branch of Hawksmoor

Archant

Steak stars try their hand at seafood

Restaurant info:

Hawksmoor Guildehall

10 Basinghall Street

EC2V 5BQ

Tube: Moorgate

T: 020 7397 8120

W: thehawksmoor.com

Mains: from £16

Wine: from £21

Disabled access: Yes

Children Welcome: Yes

Well known beef aficionados and undisputed masters of the steak Hawksmoor have added a new string to their culinary bow.

Apparently in response to comments by a couple of regulars, Will and Huw – the men behind the bovine empire – decided to up their seafood game, at least the Guildehall branch of the mini-chain.

The result is a new menu balanced fairly equally between fruits of the ocean and the field; hake, octopus, clams etc. now sit alongside earthier treats like pig trotters and potted beef with bacon.

The roast scallops with port and garlic were sublime: firm shellfish in a delicate sauce, fragrant with tarragon.

A selection of Hawksmoor's new pescatarian delights A selection of Hawksmoor's new pescatarian delights

In total contrast, in terms of daintiness, was the streak tartare: an unreconstructed French favourite delivered to perfection – the fillet mince well-seasoned with just the right hint of fiery spice.

The monkfish had been chargrilled beautifully on the BBQ and fell off the bone in lusty, mouth-watering chunks, while the half dorset lobster had also been given the treatment over the hot coals and the succulent flesh was swimming in garlic goodness.

And of course it stands to reason that you can’t eat at Hawksmoor and not have the steak – it’d be like heading to Rome and not trying a pizza.

Our 400g rib eye was everything you’d expect: tender, juicy, cooked to a medium rare perfection, with a touch of bitterness on the outside and absolutely bruising with marbled flavour. Exceptional.

For dessert – not that it was really required after the carnivorous pescetarian banquet we’d just had – was an adequate, rather than spectacular, chocolate and salted caramel tart.

Having long been a fan of Hawksmoor, it’s pleasing to see they’ve put the same attention to detail and quality into their underwater fare as they always have to their beef. It’s by no means a cheap meal, but it’s a beauty – one for special occasions. And now it’ll be much easier to invite non-steak lovers to join you.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Entertainment Stories

Friday, April 20, 2018

Upper Street’s famous King’s Head Theatre pub could move into a “trendy neighbourhood bar” for more than 18 months until its new site is ready, a new report reveals.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Five star review for English National Ballet’s showcase of American dance

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Emma Bartholomew and her family visit Hot Stone in Chapel Market where you cook your main course on sizzling slabs of volcanic magma

Monday, April 16, 2018

“Perhaps only in Britain could one succeed in writing a thriller about the weather,” observed David Haig who both wrote and stars in this little-known true story about D-Day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now