If anyone knows restaurants, it’s Lisa Richards. With over 20 years experience in restaurant-reviewing and general globe-trotting behind her, she’ll be our woman on-the-ground when it comes to the latest and greatest London — and indeed the world — has to offer. Read her debut Hg2 column below.
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We’d hate to be a vegetarian in London right now. Actually, we’d hate to be a vegetarian full-stop. But with a raft of meaty restaurant openings in recent weeks and months, and with yet more still to come, it seems that restaurateurs are truly embracing the beef. The call of the flesh is strong, and at last London is receiving the same kind of standard of grilled meat that our American brothers and sisters have always enjoyed.
From superstar signings, in the shape of US food hero Wolfgang Puck, to the importing of fiery broilers from the States, the summer is hotting up in the capital as the grills are turned up high. So, as the finest cuts of meat — whether homegrown or flown in from the pamplas plains of Argentina — are finding their way to the capital’s plates, we’ve corralled the hottest new steakhouse openings and some firm favourites on the London restaurant scene.
Superstar chef Wolfgang Puck finally boards a flight to the UK to open Cut at 45 Park Lane.
45 Park Lane, W1K
Tel: +44 20 7493 4545
Sitting pretty and perched high above the rooftops of The City, Madison is this summer’s hottest new opening. Fight your way past the braying bankers to dine on some of the finest steaks we’ve ever put our mouths around.
1 New Change, EC4M
Tel: +44 208 305 3088
Outpost number three for this fine steak restaurant opens in October.
12 Basinghall Street, EC2
The Standard Grill
Forget the Olympics, 2012 is all about hotelier Andre Balaz’s latest opening in Marylebone, a hipster hotel that takes over a disused fire station. As well as beautifully-designed rooms, Balaz is bringing his Standard Grill concept with him, along with a fine selection of meats.
Chiltern Street, W1
OUR FAVOURITE MEAT EMPORIUMS
Fergus Henderson’s iconic eatery redefines the concept of carnivore, with nose-to-tail eating that’s not for the faint-hearted.
26 St John Street, EC1M
Tel: +44 20 3301 8069
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
There’s no stopping restaurateurs Huw Gott and Will Beckett. Their chain of restaurants (don’t let the word ‘chain’ put you off) are surefire winners for those who like their flesh with a side order of meat. Thick steaks come courtesy of award-winning butchers The Ginger Pig.
11 Langley Street, WC2H
Tel: +44 20 7856 2154
Santa Maria del Sur
This local Argentinian restaurant in Battersea serves up the finest slabs of South American meat hot from its charcoal-fuelled parilla.
129 Queenstown Road, SW8
Tel: +44 20 7622 2088
This all-American steakhouse serves up the finest USDA prime beef in the heart of high-end Mayfair. Wash it down with a stint in the bourbon bar.
86 Park Lane, W1K
Tel: +44 20 7399 8460