The latest branch of the Hawksmoor group, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, and not an area that I frequent a lot but on this occasion, a Saturday lunch was arranged purely as the set lunch menu took the interest of my friend and myself! Meat feast is what I generally associate with Hawksmoor, however, following their Air Street branch, this Hawksmoor also serves seafood, check out their a la carte menu which has the usual offerings of oysters, lobsters, caviar and steak; I also spotted my favourite Mac and Cheese, Jansson’s temptation, and steak tartare.
I was also interested in the the interior design as I was almost sure it would be designed by Macaulay Sinclair, and like most locations of Hawksmoor restaurants, located in the basement.
And until I sat off for lunch, I didn’t realise that Hawksmoor Knightsbridge was marginally closer to South Kensington than Knightsbridge itself. My friend had made the booking for the first time slot for lunch; I was so unfashionably early despite thinking I was going to be late – early enough to interrupt the staff having their pre-service pow-wow in the bar area.
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge is tucked away in a little side street called Yeoman’s Row, descending the stairs to the basement from an unassuming entrance, you encounter the reception area first, then a few steps down to the bar area before entering a vast “chamber”, the dining room. I always think the interior design is like a gentlemen’s club!
The set menu is served Mon-Sat lunchtimes 12 – 3pm and early evening 5 – 6pm, 2 courses £24.00, 3 courses £27.00. I think it is pretty good for what you get (and location)! A la carte is a different price range altogether! My friend chose the Wild sea bass, raw with chilli and ginger to start with, so I chose the Tamworth belly ribs. We both went for the Rib-eye steak as mains (both rare) with buttered lettuce salad and shaved fennel & watercress as our sides, and of course for the dessert we had to go for the Lemon meringue sundae though we did have a look at their a la carte pudding menu too. As an added extra, I ordered their grilled bone marrow too. This was certainly going to be a meat feast!
Not drinkers at lunch time, we stuck to water but I couldn’t resist a peek at their cocktail menu, so then spotted Grapefruit Picador: Tequila, Velvet Falernum, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Sherbet with the explanation:
First served at the Café Royal back in the 1930s, the Picador didn’t achieve fame and notoriety for another 20 years or so when it appeared under a new name – Margarita. This version was devised by Christiaan Van Der Vyver at Hawksmoor Guildhall.
So I ordered one!
When our starters arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised – my belly ribs resembled more like mini steaks! And the sea bass carpaccio or ceviche? Quite outstanding! Our steaks were also good, and with the added extras, this certainly was our protein filled meal! (Certain friends would applaud this :))
I needed the Grapefruit Picador to help burn a hole before dessert arrived and I might add, it was the perfect choice of a cocktail that I had in mind too though the usual occurred… I was struggling with going red in the face despite the food.
As we enjoyed our Lemon Meringue Sundae decadently… we proposed a request to our very friendly and obliging waiter – we were going to meet with a friend who was singing in the Last Night of the Proms 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall, and thought to bring him something to eat – a simple steak sandwich to takeaway perhaps? This was the first request of its kind apparently so our waiter went off to investigate the possibility. On his return he was very kind to indicate that they could create our takeaway but advised us that it would probably be more cost effective if we found something somewhere else as unfortunately they could only make us a steak sandwich to the minimum weight of steak they offer at the restaurant, so effectively our steak sandwich takeaway would cost us about £20.
So that idea went out the window (not that there were any where we were sitting).
As we exited the restaurant passing the bar area, I thought to myself that we really ought to make another visit just to have drinks at the bar as it really looked like a good place to chill out and catch up with friends besides of course that the cocktail menu looked rather good!
Wait… I was hoping to try their raw Citrus Scallops with Chilli & Ginger… oh I think they replaced that with the wild sea bass!
3 Yeoman’s Row
London SW3 2AL
Tel: 020 7590 9290
Monday – Saturday
Monday – Saturday
Bar opening times:
(entry until 11pm)
(entry until midnight)
(entry until 11pm)