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“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.
108 Blythe Rd, London, W14 0HD
dinner 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm