Throughout my relationship with Mr R he would get excited about surprising me with lunches and dinners at exciting restaurants, small and large.
Since we married in March last year (I can’t quite believe it’s almost a year) I enjoy surprising him with an array of home cooked meals and so the amount we eat out has decreased hugely and simply saved for special occasions.
So on Valentine’s Day when we arrived at Piccadilly Circus Station, I was none the wiser as to where lunch was going to be. We walked past the restaurant once, only to return to it and enter this time. The lovely lady at the front desk asked if she could take out coats and then sent us up the stairs to be seated.
We were shown to our corner table in the art-deco room with dark wood and mirrored walls – a huge turnaround from Cocoon which formally stood on the same site.
Our friendly waiter offered us a choice of still, sparkling or tap water and then took our drinks order. I went for the Bloody Mary (Number 7) which was a twist on the original via the use of horseradish infused gin whilst Mr R went for the fresh lemonade.
We ordered our starters and these arrived shortly after the drinks. As usual we had difficulties deciding and so we ordered two. First up was the Fillet steak tartare.
This had a really great flavour, was meaty in texture and was overall really good. The only thing that could have enhanced this for me was if the egg yolk was slightly warmed and the bread it was served with was slightly softer. All things aside, this was a really generous portion that both of us enjoyed.
The Ricotta dumplings with winter vegetables was a bit of a wildcard choice which we ordered purely through curiosity.
The dumplings were a little like gnocchi, only lighter and softer. The “winter vegetables” were butternut squash and mushrooms of some kind. The dumplings were tossed in a buttery creamy sauce and topped with shavings of parmesan. These were very moreish and I’d have absolutely no issue going back as a vegetarian and having this as my main course!
For our mains we decided we had to try a steak, but also being a Sunday, it was evident that the Sunday Roast was hugely popular so we went for one of those too.
The Sunday Roast was a healthy portion of overnight cooked beef with sides of roast potatoes, carrots, greens, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and roasted garlic. Mr R was delighted with how soft the beef was. They gave the option of having it medium rare or well done and obviously from the photo it’s evident that he went for the medium rare.
Having shared the veggies and the Yorkshire pudding, I can vouch for the fact that the potatoes were seriously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside; the Yorkshire pudding was cooked to perfection and the garlic was a delicious accompaniment.
My steak, which looks a bit lonely on its plate was a 400g Sirloin and was cooked to perfection and the peppercorn sauce (which I was slightly shocked that we were charged extra for) was delicious. I must say though that I was defeated by the steak and only made my way through 3/4’s of it.
To go alongside our food, we ordered a few sides:
The creamed spinach was seriously creamy but really delicious and well-seasoned. The mash and gravy was exactly what I needed alongside my steak and again the mash was soft and smooth whilst the gravy had a great flavour. The bone marrow was devoured by Mr R who mumbled words like “well-seasoned”, “mmm”, “amazing” – in between mouthfuls so to say he enjoyed it would probably be an understatement!
Overall we were both impressed with the quality and flavour of the food and to say that Hawksmoor stood up to its reputation wouldn’t be a lie!