The reinvention of British food is something that has been rocking the culinary scene since the early naughties. Head to a modern restaurant these days and you’re likely to see foams and flowers, a medley of fine things plucked straight from the wild. Embellished with skill and passion, these natural ingredients show a more delicate side of the islands that few would have suspected looking at our history of gravy and potatoes. Something that is often overlooked however, is how the old things have been brought up to date.
Hawksmoor is a monument to these traditional ways, a shrine to roast dinners and steak, to an unfettered love of meat. On paper, it looks all too outdated, but in reality it benefits from the same philosophy you’ll see in the other modern restaurants. Local produce, cooked well, with care and passion. They keep it simple, but that’s not to say that they’re not embracing everything that makes modern cuisine so special. They’re rightly hailed as the king of this new style of cooking that doesn’t seek to do anything other than let the ingredients speak for themselves. And they certainly achieve that: their steaks are nothing short of a shout of triumph.
Address : 157A Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ