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26 Maddox Street
The Goodman chain may have arrived here from Russia, but the whole package is ‘as close to an American steakhouse as you can get', says one admirer who loves its stylish, fun-loving vibe and clubby intimacy – think polished mahogany, leather booths and monochrome scenes of 1950s' Americana. Take your time as ‘brilliant' staff proffer free bread and talk you through the various slabs of raw protein from the in-house ageing room: ‘exceptional beef’ is the deal, with prime cuts from the UK and US backed by highly ranked burgers – plus some luxurious crustacea. Classy starters such as lobster cocktail are worth a punt, ridiculously seductive truffle chips add that ‘special something’, and there are indulgent cinnamon-dusted doughnuts to finish. Prices take no prisoners, but most readers clamour for more – particularly with the promise of cult American reds to quaff.
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26 Maddox Street
Oxford Circus Tube Station 281m
Bond Street Tube Station 530m
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Food + drink: 4
What can I say, the steaks are good, very good. It’s been a few years since I have eaten here and the standard and quality is as good if not better than I remember. Service was brisk but friendly, the restaurant was fully booked on a Tuesday night. Our table was a little close to a large table of 8 people so every time the waiting staff went to their table or someone got up to go out for a ciggie, one of our chairs got knocked, which was a little annoying but apart from that we had a very enjoyable evening. Decent wine list. I have to say though, Hawksmoor is my absolute favourite steak restaurant though, they have the edge on service and menu in my humble opinion.
There is something deeply satisfying about eating a slab of meat. Admittedly it is not an experience one would want to do every day, but when doing, it is worth doing properly. There are indeed few better places to enjoy such a delight than at Goodman, although be warned, the experience does not come cheap. The group (ironically backed by Russians, despite being purveyors of good old American cow) has been established in London for some time, but this was my first visit to their Mayfair outpost in around three years. The atmosphere is lively, but at the same time, Goodman retains some of the intimacy that the larger and more cavernous Hawskmoor restaurants lose. Moreover, whereas Hawksmoor plays to its quintessential British roots, Goodman is decidedly more international both in terms of décor and clientele. Ultimately though, it is the food that matters. Staff here were undoubtedly well-informed, talking us through the menu and also the cuts of the day, suggesting appropriate accompaniments and wine pairings, all conveyed in an enthusiastic fashion. My comrade and I opted to share 600g worth of T-Bone, brought to the table on a lovely wooden board and already dissected into chunks for us. Cooked medium-rare as we had requested, the meat was deliciously tender, with a melt-in-the-mouth quality. The red wine gravy and black pepper sauces both enhanced the taste. Our sides also pleased, rich buttery mushrooms and a lighter spinach dish, the latter flavoured with garlic and lemon. All of this was washed down with a couple of glasses of highly quaffable South African red wine, one of around ten options available by the glass. The only drawback: just as your stomach knows about steak, so does your wallet about Goodman. With water and coffees thrown in, we were pushing £110; far from cheap, even if very good.
Very good and the beef is always excellent.
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