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|Address:||11 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8DU|
|Tel:||020 7600 8220|
|Price: £61.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-10.30pm|
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Having been somewhat underwhelmed by the Maddox Street branch, it was without too high hopes that I visited the City branch of Goodman. Now I don't know if it is becuase it is the City rather than Mayfair, but this place is in a different league from the one out west.
The setting is very similar: brown leather, brown wood and a more casual bar. The menu too is identical: huge great slabs of prime Irish, US, Canadian and UK beef and the odd nod to chicken and fish thrown in. Service too is of a similar high standard, friendly French waiting staff (is that a first?), knowledgeable about the different cuts and happy to let us take a late, long and very relaxed lunch.
The difference was the cooking: my complaint with the west end version was that the meat hadn't been cooked at a hot enough temperature, so was not properly charred. No such problem here: the 1kg bone in rib-eye (shared between two of us, I hasten to add) was one of the finest peices of steak I have ever had – not as rich as the kobe beef at Steak Ron, but brilliantly cooked to perfection, by somebody who knows their steak. A big hunk of meat, seared and charred to the point of burning on the outside, that dark shade of red that Alex Ferguson goes as the hairdryer treatment is meted out to some hapless official who has the temerity to award a penalty against his sinless charges at Old Scumford on the inside, dripping with juices.
WE didn't make deserts, nor did we bother with a starter: with beef this good, what would be the point?