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High on testosterone and low on subtlety, The Grill on The Market seduces carnivores from the Square Mile with its sizzling selection of Longhorn and Aberdeen Angus steaks. Rumps, rib-eyes and
sirloins are the obvious ports of call for famished City suits, but rock oysters, Dover sole and lobsters are also represented on the lengthy menu. Those with a bulging wallet and an empty stomach
might opt for a Wagyu fillet (‘the daddy of all steaks’ taken from a cow that has been reared on beer and massaged from birth), matched with something beefy from the predictably ample selection of
Old and New World reds. Saturday brunch includes unlimited bubbly – provided three or more punters are gathered together (online bookings only). The interior of the dining room drips boudoir excess
with its over-the-top chandeliers, ornate mirrors and dusky lighting.
I’m always on a quest to visit restaurants serving seafood, (ok this fact you already knew about FoodieClaire) so I jumped at the opportunity to visit Blackhouse – The Grill on the Market Restaurant in Smithfields, London. I had been sent an email about their Lobster Festival, which has been running throughout the month of March. I thought it would be a great excuse to visit my first restaurant in Smithfields...
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The Grill on the Market has been on my list to try ever since I missed the Yelp event there. As the name implies, it’s right on the edge of Smithfield Market (where else would you site a meat-centric place?). The entry is set up as a bar/bistro with some small tables and booths but has plenty of standing room for the post-work crowd while the rear opens up into a more formal sit down restaurant. The staff are pretty friendly and prices are quite reasonable...
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