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When it first opened, some doubters called this wheeze from the Goodman steakhouse group "deeply silly and ruinously pricey", but we still reckon that Beast is a blast. Huge communal tables and silver candelabra dominate the canteen-style basement room, and it can get riotously noisy – especially if gangs of City boys are in. The fixed-price menu (currently £85) couldn't be simpler, with "exceptional" Norwegian king crab (kept fresh in tanks) and hand-reared Nebraskan beef as the headline acts. Luxurious starters of king crab and foie gras gyoza set the tone, and if you've sampled Goodman's shrimp tempura, you'll be pleased to know it's here, too. Nibbles are branded "a joke" and sides "aren't worth writing home about", but Beast still delivers "a great performance", topped off with wines from a big spenders' list.
Dinner at Beast is never going to be a particularly cheap outing; after all, this restaurant from the chap behind Burger&Lobster and Goodman specialises in Norwegian king crab. Having fallen in love with the place on my first visit I was pleased to see it was just as good when I returned – if not better.The basement dining room is like a cross between a medieval banquet and German beer hall. The long, wooden shared tables and giant candelabras make it unlike anything else in London. The three of us were seated in a row next to each other which I guess wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea...
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For me, Beast is the most exciting restaurant from the extraordinarily successful Goodman Restaurant Group who are responsible for Burger and Lobster and their namesake steak restaurant.It would be fair to say that Goodman know their meat and seafood, but how well do you know your king crab or Nebraskan rib-eye steak? Like you, I expect, I hadn’t tried either but after hearing reports from friends about their feast at Beast, I decided to head down and see what everyone is raving about...
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Despite being a big seafood lover, I hadn’t been to Wright Brothers before. We booked an early table for Valentine’s Day at the Spitalfields branch and when we arrived, their amazing ‘pound a pop oysters’ offer was still going on. This takes place Monday to Sunday, 3pm-6pm – it’s a fantastic deal for Oyster lovers! So naturally, we snaffled a few before ordering the rest of our meal...
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