The Goodman Group's replacement for Soho Rex & Mariano must be going strong because the steak purveyors have launched a second site for Zelman Meats, this time on the fifth floor of retailer de luxe Harvey Nicks in Knightsbridge. The restaurant will take over the spot where Polpo used to be for an undisclosed period of time.
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“Barbecue perfection!”, insist fans of Misha Zelman’s “good value” Soho steakhouse (with a Knightsbridge offshoot in Harvey Nichols). The “atmosphere’s a bit industrial”, but “the cocktails are good” and the “meat fantastic” – “I prefer the steak to Hawksmoor’s and Goodman’s despite it being reliably half the price”.
“BBQ in excelsis!” – Misha Zelman’s budget (well, by comparison to his Goodman’s group, anyway) small chain of funky steakhouses inspires nothing but high praise for its “flawless” steaks from a “short-but-interesting menu of cuts”, and “vibrant atmosphere”. Despite such consistently positive feedback, however, its new branch near the Old Bill proved shortlived, and closed in July 2018.
“The ‘dirty’ steak is just something else” at Misha Zelman’s (of Goodman’s fame) genius brainchild – a cutely tucked-away, industrial cool unit (with an offshoot in residence at Harvey Nicks), where, he has reinvented “steak as a fastish-food concept”, providing “really superior steaks to share with generous side portions”. There’s also a “varied and not too expensive beer and wine list”, which helps fuel the fun atmosphere.
“Goodman’s cool and interesting little sibling....” – this “trendy industrial-style” steakhouse (on the cutely tucked-away site that was briefly Rex & Mariano, RIP) is proving “a brilliant addition to Soho”: a “simple, but perfectly executed concept” combining “wonderful, well-cooked meat”, plus service that’s “knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly”, all at a price that’s “relatively affordable”.
12pm to 10pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 7pm Sunday
Last orders: 11 pm, Thu midnight, Fri & Sat 1 am, Sun 8 pm