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A basement revellers’ hall with gleaming candelabra and endless wooden tables channelling medieval feasting (especially during bonus season for City boys), Beast is Goodman’s tribute to high-rolling surf ’n’ turf. It was all change in 2016, though, with the fixed-price option of nibbles, king crab and steak jettisoned in favour of a steakhouse-style, all-day menu that’s priced no less ruinously. Still, you get what you pay for; witness the free glass of vintage fizz on arrival, the blue-tinged tanks of gargantuan, prehistoric-looking king crabs and an aging room of long-shrivelled Nebraskan beef. It’s all top-end stuff, but unimpressed visitors (ourselves included) feel the place is “nothing special” and “overpriced for what it is”, with ancillary items such as Wagyu tataki, shrimp tempura, and crab and foie gras gyozas eliciting little praise. Wines (from £40 a bottle) are no less punishing, while service strikes us as directionless.
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13 November 2016
Quality steaks and seafood. Rather overdid it on the wine and cocktails, which pushed the bill up rather steeply. Better in evenings than at lunch.
30 September 2015
Unfortunately this place doesn't live up to the expectations and not worth the money.
Food is tasty but nothing special and it's overpriced for what it is.
09 March 2015
WE went on Friday night. As you walk down the stairs you are greeted by giant King Crab in giant water tanks, quite impressive to look at. Restaurant resembles a big canteen. You are seated on giant benches that hold up to 10 people , so get used to being jolted back and forward, very annoying after a while. Starters are a joke pickled onion , parmesan cheese, artichoke and olives, not great. We opted for the 75 menu per person. so top Michelin prices. Crab was good and tasty but very messy to eat. Steak was poor, mostly fat and gristle and was pretty tough., nowhere near as good as Goodmans. A few side dishes and sauces, but nothing to write home about. I'm sorry but 250 quid for two people with wine I expected a lot more. Far too noisy, a lot of big noisy groups of lads. But for that kind of money you could have your pick of the best restaurants in London, this is not one of them. Glad I experienced it, but its just not worth the huge outlay.
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