I know it seems almost scandalous to come to a steak restaurant like Hawksmoor and not order a steak but I came here with the sole intention of trying the Sunday Roast which I’ve heard rave reviews about so I decided it’s time to try it out for myself.
For years I’ve heard people big up the Sunday roasts at Hawksmoor, to the point that I had very high expectations and I’d never gotten round to it until now. I promptly booked a table at the Spitalfields Hawksmoor one Sunday afternoon to try it out.
Inside was quite dark but cosy, although I thought the tables were all quite close together – I almost felt like I was part of the first date that the couple on the next table were having! It certainly gave an intimate feel to the restaurant and although it wasn’t exactly busy when we arrived, every table was taken by the time we left.
Hawksmoor – What We Ordered
Knowing I was going to have the Sunday roast, I chose a glass of the house Malbec to accompany my meal which was wonderfully smooth albeit a little expensive at £11 a glass for a 175ml measurement.
We didn’t order any starters and ordered our Sunday roasts – there’s no choice of other meats (reminder: it’s a steak restaurant) so it’s pretty simple and straightforward. The meat is slices of slow roasted rump which was delicious; the waiter asked if we’d like our meat to be pink or more well done and I of course opted for pink. The service was excellent and we weren’t waiting long before our food arrived. The meat was served with the most amazing, crispy roast potatoes cooked in beef dripping, a giant Yorkshire pudding, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and an individual pot of bone marrow gravy which had an incredible depth of flavour to it.
The meat was really delicious and wonderfully soft, it literally melted in the mouth and I loved the roast potatoes which I normally think are overrated and disappointing in most roast dinners although there was only three and they weren’t massive. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the shallots and the giant piece of roasted garlic which was a whole bulb, I mean I like garlic but this was a bit much! I think I would’ve preferred some more traditional vegetables with my meal. At £22 for a Sunday roast, it certainly was on the more expensive side than most of the other Sunday lunches I’ve had in London.
Hawksmoor – 3/5
The meat was really tasty and I enjoyed the Sunday roast, but I’d describe it as good, not outstanding. I feel that I’ve got the tick in the box now for the Hawksmoor roast so I wouldn’t rush back for it, but I will be back to try a piece of steak!
Food – 3/5
Service – 3/5
Decor / Ambience – 3/5
The total cost for two people was £61.88 including service.
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