Harden's survey result
“Unassuming and purist” – this characterful-going-on-grotty Olympia steakhouse is little changed since opening in 1994, and serves nothing but grass-fed beef from northeast Scotland (the name comes from a thin cut of Scottish rump). The steak’s very competent but some feel the plonk is better: “it’s beloved of wine merchants with good reason – lots of clever bin ends”. A branch in Highgate managed separately by the owners’ son opened in 2015 (no recent feedback), but the Putney outpost closed earlier this year.
“You can keep your Hawksmoors and Goodmans: this is the real deal for me”: so say fans of this “time-warp” Olympia steak-bistro (the 1994 original branch), whose Highgate spin-off (the newest, opened in 2015), also inspires a fair amount of (more up-and-down) feedback. All deliver a “no pretensions” formula combining a short selection of cuts supported by a well-chosen list of affordable reds.
“Super steaks” from 28-day-hung Aberdeen Angus served with “good chips, green salad and really good wine that’s not expensive” is the raison d’être of this trio in Olympia (est 1994), Putney and Highgate; the last of these was new in 2015, and puts in “a huge effort on service in a tough location”. There’s the odd disappointment recorded, but fans are adamant: “for all the talk of Hawksmoor and Goodman I still prefer Popeseye, so to hell with the new boys!”
“Unerringly succulent steaks” plus “quality, affordable red wines” is a “straightforward” formula that’s sustained these “cosy”, if basic local bistros since way before the current steakhouse craze; the Olympia original has always eclipsed its Putney spin-off, but feedback is good on the new Highgate branch.
Popeseye Restaurant Diner Reviews
"If you enjoy steak cooked to perfection and beautifully served then do try Popes Eye. For locals it is a well supported restaurant and something of a hidden treasure. Inevitably the menu is limited but that is not the point as you go to this little gem specifically to have beef as it was served of yore."
dinner 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm