It was a last minute arrangement for lunch with some friends who were visiting London with their two little girls, so choosing a restaurant that was English, central and wasn’t crowded with tourists and interesting at the same time, I decided to try Hawksmoor Air Street hoping that I could get a table at short notice. Booking the table online via TopTable, I was very happy that a table was available.
I wasn’t sure if Hawksmoor Air Street would be completely child friendly, as I would say the decor was more of a gentlemen’s club feel, but I thought the booths would be something the two girls would be partial to. So upon my arrival, I had my friend with his two little extremely well behaved girls sitting in a booth having an animated conversation.
One of my thoughts in choosing Hawksmoor Air Street is the Special express menu that they offer, and with the Englishness, an interesting experience for the girls who are daughters of a real foodie father, this was their first time in London and the UK.
So how more English could you go with Potted beef & bacon with Yorkshires? That was definitely one to order, and also their Shrimps on toast. Steaks to follow all round, Rib-eye, of course with triple cooked chips, and though their macaroni cheese was not part of the express menu, the kind waiter in charge placed this as part of the express menu for the girls. I had told them that Hawksmoor’s macaroni cheese was really something to die for :). If you weren’t going for the express menu, I can definitely recommend having the chateaubriand and the grilled bone marrow.
With the express menu, the dessert was being eyed up in advance: Peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice-cream & Sticky toffee pudding! I was going to suggest they try the corn flake ice cream as part of a sundae, but I think that item is particular to the Hawksmoor Seven Dials branch.
When the food came, the girls in particular tucked in very happily, and it must have been very good as every crumb was polished off. We had opted for the girls to share each dish between them, but they could easily have finished their own dishes. The sweetest gesture? Big sister always helping little sister with her food – now that is sisterly love!
So with our tummies full, talk turned to whether some theatre tickets could be purchased but the typical Singaporean thing to do… talk also turned to where next for the next meal? I suggested it would be fun for them to try Burger & Lobster