The concept of Beefbar, which started in Monte-Carlo in 2005, is simple: a twist on the classic steakhouse, with modern luxury interiors. Now, the Beefbar brand has expanded all over the world, including Paris, Monaco, Athens, Rome, Saint-Tropez, Hong Kong and of course London. This stylish chain turns heads wherever it lands and has been featured in publications like Vogue and Wallpaper. Most notably, the Hong Kong branch earned Beefbar its first Michelin star in 2017.
When it comes to the food, the clue is in the name. Almost every starter and main is beef-based, so probably not the best place to take a vegetarian or vegan. Meat-lovers, however, have much more to choose from. Starters include intriguing creations like a take on a Croque monsieur, but with the addition of dry-aged ribeye beef prosciutto. For something less European, there is a bao bun with jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu brisket and Asian BBQ sauce.
Moving to the main event, there are nine beefy mains, including a tagliata with cherry tomatoes and parmesan, classic steak frites and fillet frites, a double cheeseburger and miso black beef. For each of the steak dishes, the menu includes the country of origin, breed and feed (such as grain for 500 days). The showstoppers, however, are the Wagyu ribeye and the cream-of-the-crop Kobe beef, which is priced per 200g. Desserts include equally decadent entries like a caramelised brioche with salted caramel sauce and buttermilk ice cream.
The wine list includes a wide range of European whites, reds and rosé, including some by the glass, as well as an impressive selection of sparkling, with bottles running up to £425. Cocktails are original, playful creations, such as the Nikkei Forecast, made with Nikka Coffee grain whisky, Akashi-Tai plum sake and Angostura bitters. There are also mocktail options and a good choice of spirits and liqueurs