We had been looking forward to visiting Blacklock in Soho for a long time. Due to their limited pre-determined booking times though it was always difficult to navigate a larger group. So we were over the moon when we heard that Blacklock were opening the city restaurant with a more traditional booking system…

The venue itself is an inconspicuous doorway, behind Joe & the juice, that leads down to the cosy ‘hipster’ basement restaurant. The interior is dark and furnished with industrial fittings, bare brick work and an eclectic collection of tables and chairs (as with the Soho restaurant). The buzzy clientele was a mix of city dwellers and friends gathered for a Tuesday night catch up.

We were seated at our table straight away, as we’d been warned that the bar was not really big enough to accommodate our group of ten, we’d arrived accordingly. Our seat next to the kitchen was a good one, with the buzz of the activities from within adding to the lively atmosphere. Our server for the evening, as all of them were, was dressed in smart casual hipster wear.

The menu has a great selection, both of starters and steaks. We opted to miss the starters as per usual, heading for the main course, but were treated to a selection of starters courtesy of the kitchen (which we ended up being billed for!). It was well worth it though, the ‘Grilled Squid & Bone Marrow’ was truly awe inspiring as was the ‘Lamb Belly Ribs’. For the mains we went for a variety of cuts from the board, the 700 gram Porterhouse, a smattering of Prime Ribs and Bone in Sirloin. Some shared the Porterhouse, which is a good option as the menu lacks a fillet. All of the dishes were served on an eclectic mix of plates, giving the table a homely feel.

The sides at Blacklock are a real treat too, with the beef dripping chips having that extra crunch and the 10 hour ash roared sweet potato adding something different to the usual fare. It makes a nice change to not have the standard creamed spinach and mac & cheese for a change.

For the wine, we went with the AR Mendoza Malbec from Argentina (2012), which was very quaffable! A good range of non-alcaholic cocktails was a welcome note from the author!

For dessert and those who could manage, we went with the White Chocolate Cheesecake and Poached Rhubarb. A good selection of teas and coffee to follow.

Overall, Blacklock offers something a bit different to the usual Steak scene in London. The meat is a very high standard, not overly salted but cooked to perfection. A good range of cuts, but maybe lacking a fillet. The quirky setting and friendly staff made for a great evening. We will be back!

Venue: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Steak: 8/10

A welcome change: 8/10