Blackhouse The Grill on the Market

2-3 West Smithfield , London, EC1A 9JX

SquareMeal Review of Blackhouse The Grill on the Market

It’s all about the ingredients at this good-looking bar and grill: the first London branch of a five-strong chain. Given Blackhouse’s Smithfield location, there’s no gainsaying the quality of its meat – with 28-day aged steaks and burgers to the fore – but the fish and vegetables pass muster too. British classics are joined on the menu by international favourites, so to start, diners can indulge in fresh oysters or perhaps spiced chicken skewers with satay dipping sauce. The likes of Dover sole or roasted vegetable fajita might follow (for those who refrain from the delights of the meaty grills), then there’s sticky toffee pudding or raspberry Pavlova among the traditional puds. Like the food, the wine list is priced for using rather than admiring, but there’s ample scope to push the boat out. It’s also worth investigating the cocktail list, especially during Happy Hour. Try the Elderflower Gin Martini.

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