Goodman is a legit steak house!
I'd been wanting to go for ages, and when my parents came to town and offered to take us to dinner, I booked Goodman. The ambiance is upscale, and while I'm sure they would prefer people to be dressed more smarty, it seems like it's a bit casual there as well. The servers were all incredibly friendly and always coming by to see if we were okay with drinks.
I needed a bit of a drink to calm down when I arrived so ordered the bartender's special, The Derby. Delicious (but strong) drink to start the meal. They're more than willing to bring the cuts of meat over to the table to show you what you'll be ordering. They have some regular cuts of steak on the menu, but they also have a few special cuts for the evening which are located on various chalkboards around the restaurant. They do both American corn-fed beef and European grass-fed beef. We opted for the grass-fed bone-in rib-eyes and a few sides.
I also had the seared foie gras starter. It was fantastic. The foie gras was really well seared and it was served with figs and truffle honey (I love truffle honey). The beef was really well cooked. Perfectly medium rare (as a rib eye needs to be to cook the fat) and they served with a variety of sauces. My favorite was the Bearnaise. Super duper delicious. The pepper sauce was really peppery. The only letdown was the Stilton wine sauce. Wasn't Stilton-y enough for me. We got steamed spinach (perfectly reasonable), beef dripping chips (awesome) and truffle mac and cheese (amazing) as sides. My parents got the chocolate tart dessert and it was oozing chocolate. We ordered the cheese and there were some pretty tasty cheeses there.
All in all, it's probably the best steak I've had in London. Next time I have the hankering for an expensive steak dinner, Goodman will be at the top of my list!
I love a decent steak, I decided to try this place along with couple of friends. I been going to Gaucho and I thought try somewhere new. I found this place on Yelp and saw very good reviews.
The place definitely did not disappoint, awesome selection of meats along with wide range of tasty sides to go with it. Definitely recommend this place if you are into your steak!
I love steak. I've tried steak. I've been searching for the perfect one for over a year (since I discovered my passion for MEAT) and I found it.
Bone in rib eye, ladies and gentlemen at Goodmans - is an absolute perfection. When I had my first bite I couldn't believe what I tasted - juicy, slightly smokey and very fresh. Perfection.
Also, do try the Russian starter - cold herring - it is lovely! Surprisingly sweet and refreshing.
It has a bit of an informal setting, no pretentiousness - just pure meaty enjoyment.
Service is good and attentive.
You know the old adage, don't order chicken at a steak house? That doesn't hold true here.
Food is exceptional! I had a Caesar salad and a roasted chicken with potatoes and sausage. My friend had the roasted lamb. Both were perfection!
Started with a fantastic mojito and ended the night with palate cleansing sorbets. Get the passion fruit, coconut but most especially the banana! Unbelievably good!
Fantastic service and food that's swell? I will be back!
And they have a good selection
of wines. The service is really great, and the staffs are all friendly and
attentive. Surely satisfying and fulfilling experience. It is a best spot for a
date or even for a business meeting. I
will definitely go back here again on my next visit.
I am a meat eater. I have grown up eating good meat and I take pride in knowing a great piece of steak.
My girlfriend took me to Goodmans for my birthday on 14.3.13 for a great steak. Now I am always dubious when i hear of places that serve the best steak and I am always eager to see if the review meet the steak.
The selection of steaks that they serve here is immense. They had meat from all over the world, they told us how the animals were fed, on what diet and explained how that would effect the quality of the taste.
I went for the Ribeye steak 400g and all I can say is it was as soft as butter, cooked brilliantly and tasted awesome.
I will say this, the service here was very good and as a whole I had an amazing birthday.
The Goodman Burger at Goodman is a traditional steakhouse burger. I ordered my burger medium and it came with pickle, cheddar, bacon, tomato, lettuce, and grilled onion. The burger is served on a sesame seed bun. Overall, the beef is a little under seasoned but has a great taste. The main detractor of this burger is that it is too tall and it is a struggle to hold together. Goodman is a great restaurant and definitely a place to be seen. If you're out for a shopping trip on Regent Street and need to add some manliness into the evening stop in at Goodman for a burger and beer.
This steakhouse is the best I've ever tried. The staff was so accommodating in changing our reservation to an earlier time. The meal was delicious, especially the mac and cheese with truffle and gruyere cheese. Definitely a must try if you're in London.
Goodman's burger is the best thing ever. Delicious heaven on a plate. The best thing is you can get cheese, caramelised onions, bacon, fried egg all for free - free toppings is always music to my ears. I probably wouldn't add all the extras onto the burger though...clashing flavours!
I don't think it's fair to compare Hawksmoor v Goodman because both do fabulous steaks. The lunch menu at Goodman is such a good deal - eg: beef carpaccio for £5, and steak/fries for £15-16 (can't remember exactly but it's around that price point). I will say though that the Goodman burger beats Hawksmoor's any day in my books.
Its locations in the City/Mayfair draws in predominantely business-suited clientele. When I dined, it was funny to see that 90% of diners in a packed restaurant were suited men - I felt a bit out of place! Nevertheless, service is very attentive, and the food can't be faulted. A wide variety of cuts and there's beef from literally around the world - American and home-grown. The restaurant is a bit cramped (tables are close together) but otherwise no complaints from me.
PS: the thick hand cut chips are so addictive, and I'd also personally recommend the mac/cheese with truffle sauce. As a Canadian, I have to say that I'm very happy and a bit surprised to see poutine on the menu as a side - points from me!
Being an expat from So. California, I really miss eating a good steak which is damn hard to find in London.
I am happy to say Goodman has USDA cuts and tastes just like I know a good steak should. There are a few locations in London. I've also been to the Canary Warf restaurant, but think the Mayfair branch is the best for service and steak grilling consistency. The burger is also an outstanding choice: It's juicy and tastes like a steak -- and thier chips that are served along side the burger are perfect squared blocks of creamy potato on the inside and crispy outside.
The restaurants are owned by Russians but they seem to have nailed that American steak experience - I've been to the Goodman in Kiev and it's easily one of the best places for a steak there as well. The owners have branched out a bit further in London opening a place called 'Burger & Lobster' which is a casual dining spot where you can get a lobster roll or their delicious burger. I've been meaning to check it out too, except there is always a long queue and I hate lines.
Want a good steak then this is your place. A friend of mine and I walked in here to try this palce out. She is a steak lover and I am not so I had salmon which was quiet good.
The service is attentive and the staff know the menu and make good recommendations. She sad the steak with pepper sauce which she absolutely loved. The serve beer and wine. We didnt get any dessert as we were too full -the portions are good for the price and we had had starters too.
If you like steak - come here.
I love this place! A steakhouse like I'm used to from home, without too much pomp and circumstance, and a great burger to boot! I've been here twice now, and it has not disappointed.
First time, I went with the burger (adding cheese, bacon, and fried egg, of course), and it is hands down the best burger in London. Also, at 12 pounds, very reasonably priced!
Second time was for a work dinner, and so steak was a must. Took down a one kilogram wing rib, cooked to medium perfectly, with a nciely made bernaise on the side. Fantastic fries to accompany (don't waste you extra pound on the truffle fries), and the mac & cheese is a great palate cleanser (sort of) throughout the meal.
With regard to service, it is attentive but not obsequious. My colleagues questions were answered efficiently (what is wet aging?) and whatever else we needed came in a hurry.
If you're going for steak, its not so cheap (my wing rib was 62 pounds), but I have not had a steak elsewhere in town (all at the same price point) that even compares. Highly recommend, and I will be back soon!
BEST BURGER IN LONDON! I know it's a steakhouse, but the burger is really and truly the best in London. They grind their own meat in house. They make everything, every day. Add to that delicious sides, a HUGE wine list, and friendly staff.
The interior is going for a New York Chophouse kind of vibe - dark and masculine, with old black and white photos on the wall.
best steak I had in my life, 700gram ribeye
The chips are divine, with a touch of truffle oil
Salads are excellent
Wine was superb
The chalkboard meat menu has an incredible selection of high-end beef from around the world (mostly UK and US), both grain and grass-fed options. The atmosphere is dark wood, really noisy, bustling, classic steakhouse located on a very cool cobblestone-lined street. If you're a meat snob, you'd like this place.
I ordered a bone-in strip med rare but it came out med well. So, I had to send it back to a very apologetic server. Unfortunately, the re-fire took a while so the rest of the table's food got cold while waiting so the dinner cadence was off. There was no offer to comp even so much as a glass of wine or a dessert, so that was surprising, considering it was a 30 GBP steak. Maybe the Brits roll differently on kitchen mistakes.
Once all the food was out, it was a good dinner and a fun time.
It's getting a solid 4 stars from me. So close to 5 stars, but not quite.
Great setting. Dim lighting, big wooden tables, exposed brickwork and some decent furnishings. It feels luxurious in here.
The staff were excellent. Really fantastic service. The wait staff seem to be dressed in chef whites, which can be a little confusing to begin with, but they know what they're talking about.
The steak was very good. I had a Porterhouse steak and I'm informed I was pulling some very happy and pleasurable faces upon each bite. That's a solid testament right there.
The sides almost stole the show - the garlic mushrooms were just incredible. Some of the best carrots I've ever tasted, mac and cheese a rare treat, and the creamed spinach was a pleasure. Of the sauces we opted for, the pepper sauce was ridiculously good.
Why not 5 stars? Because we've had better. Just. Hawksmoor, Buen Ayre (albeit a different experience) and Gaucho pip Goodmans I think. But I was very impressed and very happy. If I'd been a steak-house virgin, I'd no doubt be bleating about it and trying to hack the Yelp website to allow 6 stars!
Just phenomenal meat. Phenomenal.
Great service, lovely 'old-school steak house' environment and the best steak I've had in London. Hands down.
A large, bustling meaty steakhouse- with sides almost as good as the main event itself. Last night I sat at the bar and sampled their finest rum accompanied by the creamiest of mac and cheeses, sprinkled with truffle oil and smelling heavenly, creamed spinach with Gruyere (which together with the mac was a dream of a mouthful) and truffle chips. The chips, chunky soft potato and perfectly crisp on the outside, although delicious did lack some truffle infusion....
AND that's just the sides.... the Goodman burger- priced at £13 no frills with extra for bacon, cheese etc is a big, flavorsome, meaty patty, sandwiched between an almost brioche style bun. Good quality and taste. I have yet to sample steaks at the famous steak house...perhaps next time....
Do you think it's wrong to make recommendation to a place if you have never been before? Well that's what I had done with Goodman as a friend was asking for a nice restaurant and based on the number of opinions that I had that Goodman was the place for a steak, then I just went with my gut feeling and made the recommendation.
So my friend never went, but finally found an excuse to surprise my girlfriend with a nice evening out and how pleasantly surprised we were.
Foe me, there hasn't been many restaurants in recent times that have stood out and left a mental after taste a few days after.... however a week after going.. both myself and my girlfriend have been craving the premium cuts of meat offered at Goodman which is also cooked with people who know what medium rare is.
Whilst the steaks come with sauces, they really didn't need them. The steak had authentic flavours which were complimented by the tasty sides - try the macaroni and cheese which to us seem like a strange combo but definitely worked.
If you like a good steak then try Goucho but if you love a excellent premium cut steak with attentive friendly service in a more rustic classy but casual environment then Goodman is your best bet.
I was told that at this place I will have the best steak in London; and yes I had.
I always use Gaucho as a reference when it comes to steak houses but Goodman blew Gaucho out of the water! talking about the food, seating and most importantly the friendly service you get -
I am impressed
I hate leaving a negative review because I so wanted to love this place. The staff was friendly and helpful, but when a steakhouse overcooks your meat it's hard to evaluate them on anything else. I ordered my filet rare and it came back a solid medium. My wife ordered hers medium-rare and it was about the same as mine. Had we not been on a tight schedule to get to a show, we would've sent them back. If I find myself back in London I still might give them another try with the hopes the cook was having an uncharacteristically bad night during our visit. On a positive note they had a great wine selection!
Went here with a few friends for a late Thursday dinner. The restaurant itself was super busy but after a 20min wait at the bar we managed to find a table.
I came here after a recommendation from a friend and i have to say it is one of the best places for steaks after Gaucho. The prices are alot more reasonable than most steak places in London. The only negative point i found was the lack of space as there were too many people in the restaurant and it was a but noisy.
Nevertheless i recommend going here for steaks and please do try the truffle oil chips amazing.
Booking in advance is also advised.
A satisfied smug silence from me as the glazed brioche bun covered patties arrived. The toasted crisp top broke under knife and juices flooded the lower layer.
Now this is a real American style burger. Dense and sweet pink meat kept its moisture under the crisp charred exterior and a minimum of extraneous greenery.
I though the food at Goodman's was generally pretty good. As a proper steakhouse, it was exactly what I expected. A good cut of meat that was perfectly cooked. The sides were also good but really didn't stand out. If I had to rank steakhouses, I would put Goodman's behind the Palm and ahead of Hawksmoor.
I think it may have been specific to the time we were there but out service was really poor. The saving grace was when we mentioned it to the manager, they helped adjust our bill to ease the pain. Because of that effort alone, I would definitely come back.
Goodman was GOOOOOOD!!!
Def a nice restaurant but the service wasn't up to par. I ordered the Fillet and me and my friend shared a bottle of white wine. The food was to die for. The fillet was so juicy and felt like it melted in my mouth. Mmm my mouth is getting watery as I describe it lol. The wine was excellent def want to match your wine with your food to get that extra wow factor.
The service was ok it wasnt bad but at one point no one came to our table to see if we needed anything perhaps more wine or to see how our food was. I guess you expect that in The US cause ppl come around sometimes a little too much to where you want to trip them so that you can enjoy your food.
All in all will go back if im ever in London Great experience Great food Great wine. Highly recommend it. 4 stars cause the lack in service not cause of the food.
We heard good things about Goodman through our mutual friends. Since, we live close to the restaurant, we planned to try the place. We decided to check it out for my husband's birthday for dinner. While we were waiting for our table, I noticed that a nice table right next to the window was just opening up. I mentioned about my husband's birthday and asked if we can take that table instead. The staff were really nice about it as not only did they offer us the window table, but they gave us two complementary glasses of champagne to celebrate the birthday as well. We thought that was a nice gesture and we really appreciated it. Turned out there were two other birthday tables and they got treated with champagne, dessert, and the staff even sang them a happy birthday song. My hubby was glad that I didn't request it as he's a low-key guy. :)
I enjoyed my steak, the goodman rib-eye was juicy. Personally, I could not finish the whole streak so next time, I'll order one and share with someone else. For starter and side dishes, we ordered risotto, mashed potato, and creamed spinach. I'll definitely order the spinach again my next visit!
Wow, what a great surprise. This is one place that lived up to all it's reviews! Yelp was a great help.The steak was outstanding and the service was first class ( Ken behind the bar, Holly as our server). My wife and I are steak nuts, have been traveling through Europe, and were dying for a good steak. Holly took the time to explain the choices, and the steaks were high quality and cooked to perfection for both of us.
The atmosphere is smart casual and friendly, not formal. They really got it right. Would highly recommend it.
I'm not a steak fan. I'll eat it, but, given a choice, I'd rather go some other place rather than a place which serves huge chunks of meat. Still, I had to come here because a friend of mine wanted to check this off her list prior to leaving London for good.
I was really tempted to go for the fillet for health reasons, having started on a new gym and diet routine just a couple of days before, but was persuaded to try the Goodman Ribeye. After all, as I said, I'm not a steak eater, so I might as well try something they're good for while I'm there.
The steak was one of the best I'd ever eaten. Unusually enough, it was my third steak in four weeks - one of the others being from Buen Ayre - and when I say it's the best, I really do have a basis for comparison here. And the sauce - stilton - didn't taste of stilton at all. Instead, it was a red wine reduction with stilton and was just simply wonderful. All of us had opted for different sauces, and we were all in agreement that mine was the best (hooray).
In terms of sides, the spinach with gruyere sauce, and the mushrooms were fantastic. The chips were nice and thick and crispy as well.
Surprisingly, I managed to finish all 400 g of my ribeye (excluding the fat, given my new regime) and even had space for dessert. I went for the baked New York cheesecake and berry compote and was astounded by how light it was. The base was really delicious and crumbly as well. The Everbest Sundae was also really good.
In terms of service, it wasn't hurried and the staff generally didn't seem to mind that my table took a long time to order as we were waiting for two other people who took over half an hour to arrive.
The restaurant itself seems like a typically posh steakhouse with wood panelled walls, sturdy tables and lighting a tad on the dim side.
Our bill came up around £45 per person excluding drinks. Certainly not the cheapest steak place in town, but definitely worth a visit.
Reservations are essential. If there isn't a slot available on their online reservation system, try calling and asking. That was what we did, and we managed to get a slot at a very reasonable time even though the online system told us otherwise.
I really wanted to love Goodman since it had received such rave reviews.
I was a bit disappointed in only being able to order food in such large sizes.
My husband & I shared a ribeye and I wanted to try the truffle fries. I was thinking they would be like french fries but it turned out tasting very mushroom-based. I wasn't able to finish it.
Overall, not a bad place but definitely on the high-end of prices and no booths. We were seated near the bar/entrance for our honeymoon dinner and just felt a bit out of place.
Dark wood? Check. Leather banquettes? Check. Good lookin' hunks of huge marbled steak? Oh most definitely yes. In Goodman, a chunk of prime gourmet US of A has landed in the middle of good ol' London town.
Now we may mock spray on cheese and Kraft. But y'know, we have deep fried Mars Bars and Wimpey so there's no point us saddling up that high horse. And while it may not be haute cuisine, American's take their steak very seriously indeed.
Goodman is well and truly grounded in this tradition. Knowing this I was expecting something good - no, great - when it came to the steak. From the moment the waiter introduced us to an attractive gathering of meaty slabs, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. USDA corn fed New York strip steak, Irish grass fed ribeye, a sirloin from Scottish Black Angus, this was an international steak summit of the very highest calibre.
But you know something? I didn't go for a steak. Why? It was very expensive - a rib eye was around the £30 mark before you think about sides - and I had spotted the burger. Now the Twitterati have been tweeting loud and long about burgers recently and I had heard that Goodman's made one of London's best. And it was only £12 and came with chips. Gift horses and mouths sprang to mind. This was a bargin.
And it was, it really was. But before burgers came starters. They ranged from the good (seafood risotto - worthy but dull) to the great (herring, more on that in a minute). Chicken liver & foie gras was smooth, wobbly and lightly livery. Very tasty. Tiger prawn tempura was good, and really lifted by the merest hint of spice.
But the Russian style sweet herring, oh my word, the herring. That was seriously good. Soused in a light sweet and gently sharp pickle it tingled perfectly on the tongue and had a delicate sea-inflected flavour. Eaten with slender slivers of dark rye bread and cornichons, it was the star.
The burger was American in style it, an evenly shaped ground beef patty, and moist without being greasy. It was intensely beefy and had been cooked to perfection. Slightly pink and just juicy enough. A fine burger indeed. My only complaint was that I found the bun a little dry, but I think that's more personal preference than kitchen fault. And the chips were fabulous.
The rib eye - I fliched a taste from a friend - was very good, if a little unevenly cooked. Rare at one end, and medium at the other. It was testament to the quality of the meat that this didn't matter. It was full of taste with a lightly melting texture.
Desserts were decent, but not spectacular. And so. while some of the extras didn't live up to billing, the meat was fabulous. The pricing is a bit uneven, an absolute bargin of a burger and great, but expensive, steak. I'd come here again, but probably stick to the set menu or the burger. And the herring.
As part of my burger odyssey of London I decided to try the Goodman burger, especially after seeing Bellaphon labelling it the mother of burgers.
I would like to come back one day to try the steak but for this visit it was all about the burger. Of course it didn't stop me from having the white onion soup as a started (though I really shouldn't have). The soup was OK but I can actually make a better one myself. It didn't have the depth to it that I was expecting and it wasn't thick enough.
Main course was the burger which was cooked to perfection. Lovely light bread, tomato and pickles. I added bacon and cheese which was free of charge, you can add any of the extras to the burger without paying extra.
The burger as others have said is quite compact, very dense patty but well cooked. I can't deny it's a really good burger but I can't honestly say it's better than the Hawksmoor one and for the price I would definitely consider Byron instead.
It did leave me utterly stuffed afterwards, but not stuffed enough to finish my wine and ordering the selection of sorbets though.
I always take my mom to Goodman when she comes to visit me in London. We both just love the fine selection of wine the place offers and the menu is full of delicious meals to go along with the drinks. Definitely in my top 3 Mayfair steak houses. It's not the cheapest place around but it is worth every penny.
I love my steak! Period! I've been looking for good steak in London for over a year now and this place has probably ended my search.
The venue is sophisticated and delightful, but never pretentious. Our waiter was polite enough to suggest wines that fit our wallet without being snooty at all. And they complimented the meat brilliantly!
I ordered the 37 oz porterhouse steak. This was a serious piece of meat and I took my time in savouring every morsel. Started out with the sirloin which was tender and flavoursome! Moved over to the fillet and I was in heaven!
Best steakhouse I've been to in London. Tried Sophies the other day and they came in second for flavour.
Do try the Argentinian Melbac with your steak!
I simply recommend you to try the tempting meals. You won't regret if you go there. The interior is not so welcoming, but this is my own opinion. It is true that you might find the place cosier than me.
Lucky my other half took me here for my birthday and she was the only lady in the place (apart from the staff.) OK I know I was being selfish and wanted to eat Steak for my birthday :-)
Whenever I go to food places that are established and supposed to know about the food I always advise for staff to recommend.
Started off with Rose and that as ever was reliable nicely chilled and could have drunk by the Pint.
We were shown the meat plate and thought WOW I want the nicest and biggest. They had meat cuts from Australia and the US here.
Recommended an Australian Fillet that was marinated in Cajun spices for 7 hours. This was new to the menu. We ordered the chips, mushroom and Honey Glazed Carrots that were tasty. Chips were crispy and tasty.
My lovely lady had the Salmon which she thought was equally as good as my steak.
The Steak for sure was tasty and the fat had oozed to the sides making it tender and nice and pink in the middle. I had the Silton sauce with a beef stock blended and loved it. I could have taken it home.
You do not need to have a starter or desert here as the Mains do the job perfectly.
The restaurant is pefect for dinner parties and not a romantic venue.
We left after I was treated and the bill came just under 80 quid. This is a good price for Maddox Street and good food for 2.
As a member of a London steak club this is our joint fav. We have a mission to identify the best steak in London, drink some great wine and beer, make friends but most of all eat great meat. Goodmans ticks all the boxes, quality of meat, service and atmosphere. Im normally pretty extensive in my reviews but theres a few things about Goodmans that I dont want to shout about as there special and I know what will happen if I do! I will say that steak selection is very, very good and price is about £50 per head with wine. Although you could spend a lot more but not much less!
Clients as with most steak houses are about 80% male although the mould is being broken a little already here. There are always suits in here but also people in there casuals having a good night out. Its not too loud although Its not a first date place either! Steak house and first....NO...just no..
Sauces are great, salads good, drinks good, wine great (has my fav bottle in London).. But its all about the steak here!
Im in the process of adding about 20 other steak house reviews that I hope to get up over then next month..
It's no secret that I love a good burger. My love stretches far and wide, and hell I'm even obsessed about meatballs, and really, a patty is just a big flat meatball, no?
The answer is yes. End of.
Anyway, my number one burger joint in London thus far is Byron Burger, but everyone's been going on about the Hawksmoor burger and the Goodman burger and which one's better manana. Having always come from the school of I-want-to-find-out-for-myself, last week I hit up Goodman Restaurant and ho'd into the Goodman burger.
I'd been to Goodman in their pre-burger days, so I already know the meat's good. But how will their burgers fare?
Well, you know what, Goodman puts up a damn good fight against Byron, and I'm scared to call the odds but that brioche bun, a classic towering fluffy brioche bun, almost pushes it over the edge, straight into the winner's circle. Almost.
Goodman's patty is also bigger, fatter and juicier and cooked a deliciously perfect medium-rare, better than Byron's 6 oz patty. But Byron has that pickle, which I adore and Goodman, well teeny tiny pickles and sometimes, boys and girls, size does matter.
Aside from the pickle, Byron's burgers are also circa £7 which even with chips is a few pounds less than Goodman's £12 (with chips).
Maybe I ought to love them all equally. Like my little burger babies. Yep.
How about this: If you're just after a simple burger, nothing fancy and possibly not even chips, then definitely go to Byron.
But should you be after a schmancier meal, like you kinda wanna impress someone with a swish dinner but y'know showing you're all down to earth and stuff and you eat burgers, Goodman is probably the way to go.
But I do hate to choose I mean, they are my burger babies now and I love them equally! Honest!
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Should we go for a burger at Goodman?". Despite my better instincts, this was apparently not a rhetorical question.
I almost did not bother to answer, thinking the affirmation so obvious that I could just turn up. In any case, my tardiness in reporting back on the Goodman burger has more to do with a hectic schedule, cleverly belying my utter raving enthusiasm for what was a sensational evening.
Goodman is essentially a steak house. Not of the tawdry, checkered table cloth and grey chewy steak variety you see around Leicester Square - often frequented only by hapless tourists and dodgy stag doos - but a real, classy, clubby New York style steak house (but still with no frills like, say, tablecloths) widely reputed to serve some of the best bits of grilled beef in London.
I'm salivating just at the thought of it.
However, my visit to Goodman was of a different kind. I had teamed up with some other like minded bloggers and we had one thought in mind (some might even suggest we had but a single thought between us [how cruel]). Our mission: to devour the Goodman burger.
A good burger in London is a thing of rare beauty. Hawksmoor's is lovely (more on that in an upcoming rave) and Byron's is also good. But my absolute favourites are both in New York - at Little Owl and Shake Shack respectively. What would Goodman have to offer?
A bloody good burger, so it turns out.
The hefty 1/2 pound beef patty is thick, dense, rich and smokey. The finely minced patty is nestled nicely in a glistening bun along with the essentials - pickles, tomato, onion and lettuce - I added cheddar. There are optional extras like egg (a la the Aussie burger), fried onion and mushrooms (but why detract from the glory of the top notch beef?), and we shared a side of Bearnaise. The thick cut fries (which some bemoan, but I adore) come as a package deal with the burger for £12.
For a price comparison, Byron's (very good) 6oz cheeseburger with fries will set you back £10. This makes Goodman's rather upmarket and sizeable burger, in a classy steak house setting, something of a good deal. (I know some will not see the value in paying 12 quid for a burger and fries, but they're probably unlikely to read my blog too often.)
We also shared some delicious creamed spinach with Gruyere, lest our heart rates might be taking it too easy.
I am not going to launch into a rating comparison with the Hawksmoor burger, since they are the apples and oranges of the burger world - and to do so would burden me with something of a Sophie's Choice type dilemma. Hawksmoor's burger is a looser and gloopier, unabashedly UK burger, including marrow in the mix. Goodman's half pound patty is extremely dense, finely ground and more uniform. It's more like a thick set version of a traditional US style patty. I loved it, and ate it all (naturally), but not without a subtle popping of the top button. If you can bring yourself to visit Goodman and not have a steak, you're going to be happy with your burger.
But the end product is not the only reason I fell head over heels in love with this place. The intense passion for their product, detailed back to front knowledge of it, and dedication to serving their customers the highest quality was the clincher that really won my heart.
Although we were not invited to dine, and booked without blogger ID disclosure, the Goodman crew caught wind that we were coming. Under the hospitable eye of manager David Strauss, they prepared for us a starter of beef carpaccio (creamy, melt in the mouth) and a couple of surprise In-N-Out (West Coast USA burger chain) style burgers to divvy up between us (knowing the current moans about the need for someone to adopt and perfect a basic US style greasy burger in London). What absolute champions. This one was layered with 2 thinner patties and oozing slices of melted "plastic" cheese (not Kraft, but along those lines). It was also delicious and was sided up with oodles of thin fries smothered in fried onions and thousand island style sauce. Yeah baby.
Although potentially heart stopping, it was of course still of the Goodman quality and had less of the grease factor of the greasy US chain burger (which you may or may not view as an ideal thing).
A fascinating tour of the kitchens with chef extraordinaire, John Cadieux, revealed the Josper charcoal grills at work, where gigantic, thick steaks were being grilled to perfection at the coal face. Inside the Goodman dry aging room, enormous sides of prime beef lined the shelves, some aged and decayed to the extreme. Walking into it was something of a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" moment and I was feeling more like Augustus Gloop by the minute. There's both USDA beef, and Scottish grass fed varieties. I would love to back for the steak as soon as possible. John's knowledge of and passion for his
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We organised a group of friends to meet up for a meal and managed to rope up eight of us in total. Shown to the very comfortable leather chairs, we were promptly given jugs of tap water and a couple baskets of bread (I didn't try as I didn't want to spoil my appetite) prior to our friendly waiter appearing with a tray of meats.
Partly educational, he demonstrated the different cuts available starting from the bottom right is the sirloin and going anti-clockwise is the fillet, rib-eye, porterhouse and bone in rib-eye. He also told us the different weights of the cuts on show but I just plain forgot now. He also explained what is a porterhouse and the difference between a porterhouse and a t-bone a porterhouse is essentially a cut with a sirloin on one side and a fillet on the other while a t-bone is pretty much the same as a porterhouse but a bit further down the animal and contains a smaller proportion of fillet.
We wanted to try a couple different types of meat and cuts and were aiming for about 350g each so probably a total of 2.8kg. The waiter did say that choosing a cut with bone means we would need to remove about 15% of the weight to accommodate. In reality, we ended up with 1kg of US porterhouse and 850g of Irish bone in rib-eye, except that we had double that so it was easier for the eight of us to share the meat. So yeah we ended up with 3.7kg, which I only found out later on the bill and it worked out to nearly 400g each. Oh well.
So yes we chose just two different cuts porterhouse and bone in rib-eye as well as two different sources of meat. The waiter explained that the US beef was corn-fed so slightly sweeter while the English (Belted Galloway on the board) was grass fed and supposed to be beefier in taste. Meanwhile, the Irish was corn-fed for the last 60 days so had a blend in between the English and the US.
Finally, onto eating the actual meat. As we were sharing platters of steaks, the kitchen sliced the steaks for us, exposing the beautiful pink meat inside (medium rare requested for). I have to say though that the fillet side of the porterhouse was overcooked on our plate. Generally, the surface had a great charred smoky taste and smell while the meat was pretty tender except for the sirloin bit of the porterhouse, similar to my previous experience in Hawksmoor.
In regards to the taste of the meat itself, I don't think I could really differentiate the two sources (my poor weak sorry taste buds). However, of the four among us who had sampled Hawksmoor before, three of us found the meat here less beefy than the Longhorn breed at Hawksmoor. Also, the beef is less seasoned here.
To be fair, the sauces provided are fairly good particularly the red wine with blue cheese one which pretty much everyone loved.
We chose a variety of sides to share such as chips (just normal chips, no triple cooked stuff), creamed spinach with gruyere and mushrooms. All of them were good actually.
For desserts, we tried three of them sundae with brownies and lots and lots of whipped cream, triple chocolate mousse and a caramel parfait. I would suggest avoiding the sundae unless you actually enjoy whipped cream but the mousse and the parfait were both pretty good. The PigPig and another female accomplice then decided to have a glass of Tokaji each, which was actually pretty good.
Altogether, the bill came up to nearly £500 for the entire table which included two bottles of wine (I had no input into the wine choosing. It made more sense for my friends who are in a wine tasting course to choose it) costing £39 and £60 each.
The steak and the cooking of it was actually of a very good quality and we all enjoyed our meal there as not only was the steak good, but so was the sauces and the side dishes while the service was friendly and helpful. Yet, Hawksmoor still provides better tasting steak at very similar prices. Still, there is no shame in coming second best to Hawksmoor in serving steak, much as there is no shame in running the 100m race in 9.60 seconds to come second to Usain Bolt.
The meat menu will blow your mind. And confuse you terribly. All good though.
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