A Soho branch of Sophie's Steakhouse in the former Moulin cinema, the venue also featured a late-night cocktail bar. And a new take-away kiosk has opened up next to the restaurant serving steak sarnies every lunchtime.
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“Decent burgers and reliable steaks” are highlights of the menu at this pair of “family- and group-friendly” steakhouses in the Fulham Road and Soho – useful ports of call before a match at Stamford Bridge or a night out in the West End. Overall, the level culinary performance is rated somewhere between “solid” and “pretty average”.
“For steaks and burgers, entertaining the kids, and before a match at Stamford Bridge”, the original Fulham Road branch of this steakhouse duo is still “buzzing and reliable, with good, well-cooked steaks”. By contrast, its new Soho outlet inspires very mixed feedback – some praise for “a good varied menu with lovely smokey flavours”, but also those who feel it’s become “VERY expensive…”, “seems to have lost its way…”, “wouldn’t hurry back”.
A new 120-cover Soho opening – in the renovated Moulin Theatre – looks set to raise the profile of this long-running steakhouse brand (which closed its Covent Garden branch this year). Founded in Fulham over 10 years ago, it serves decent steaks, but wins higher ratings for its “enthusiastic” service.
Well-established steakhouses in Covent Garden and Fulham; reports are generally of “good quality” meals, but they equally owe their popularity to their “accommodating” staff and “fun”, family-friendly atmosphere.