Home of THE best steak in London
Upon arrival, we noticed an A-board on the pavement, which proclaimed that the restaurant had 'the best steak in London'. Now this was a big claim, and of course with claims like these we had VERY high hopes for the steak, which we couldn't wait to devour.
The large dining room is cleverly arranged to create a series of intimate dining areas, making it a great place for either a romantic meal or a client dinner. The welcoming, industrial chic decor with its striking black ad white floor tiles, exposed brick walls and well-illuminated grilling area where diners can watch the chefs preparing their meals, was very impressive and reminded me of some of the funkier establishments you'd likely find in New York.
The menu offers a good variety of dishes, with something to suit all tastes. For our starters, we each opted for the soup; my companion had the ham and pea soup (really hearty and like a meal in itself) and I had the the Kobacha pumpkin soup (£7),a comforting soup topped with red onion and sage fritters, which added depth of flavour and texture). For the mains, my companion had the Shoulder of New Romney Lamb (£21), served with lentils, sweetbreads, pumpkin, soy beans, pearl onions, which looked like the perfect 'winter warmer' - an ideal dish for a cold autumn day.
Although it has been a couple of months since our visit, my companion and I have been telling everyone we know that they MUST visit to try the steak, so if that's not testament to it's fabulousness, I don't know what is.
Get there soon before the secret's out of the bag.
Hilton London Bankside
2-8 Great Suffolk Street
Our experience overall
Food and drink *****
Staff attentiveness/friendliness *****