If you’re watching your waistline, a steak date is a great compromise.
Packed with iron, protein and vitamin B12 – it’s practically a health food. So long as you choose a lean cut and swap sides of creamed spinach and truffle fries for charred broccoli and sweet potatoes. And maybe go easy on the wine and Béarnaise…
Here’s three steak date spots across London to satisfy the health conscious while also catering to the hedonistic, however hungry your date may be…
Beef & Brew
What: A cosy, candle-lit venue is an ideal place to bring a group of friends or a date. If you want to trim the fat, choose a hanger with chargrilled broccoli and garlic or the rare steak salad with walnuts and carrots.
Where: 323 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TJ (Kentish Town)
Price: Steaks from £10
Bar + Block
What: A trendy steak joint with a neon deconstructed cow and chunky wooden counters. Choose a succulent spiral cut steak. A flavoursome fillet marinated in so much garlic and parsley, no sauce is required. Just add a side of sweet potato fries.
Where: 26-30 York Way, London, N1 9AA (King’s Cross)
Price: Steaks from £12.95
World’s End Market
What: Discover ‘the best meat in the world’ from world-class connoisseur, José Gordón. Start with a tender cut of Carpaccio that’s matured for 180 days in Spanish olive oil, followed by a Flank steak. The meat is dry-aged individually for at least 90 days for a succulent, flavoursome finish.
Where: 459 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LR, UK
Price: Steak from £15.00
What: Succulent, juicy steaks at an affordable price. Find an uncomplicated menu, centred around the £10 flat iron steak that comes with a side salad. Swap the dripping cooked chips and creamed spinach for market greens and roast aubergine. Be warned, there’s a no reservation policy.
Where: 17 Beak St, Soho (Oxford Circus).W1F 9RW, 9 Denmark St, Soho, WC2H 8LS (Tottenham Court Road). 17/18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH (Covent Garden). 77 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS (Liverpool Street). 46 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PR (Westbourne Park).
Price: Steak from £10
What: For something a little fancy, head to Gaucho. Home to arguably the best Argentine steaks in London. Choose a ‘Cuadril Rump’ – the leanest cut with a pure, distinctive flavour and a side of broccoli tossed in salsa verde and toasted almonds. Gluten free? No problem. They have a menu for that too.
Price: Steaks from £20