Inspiration is everywhere: a Michelin 3* restaurant, a global fast-food chain, the streets of Vietnam, Renaissance Italy, childhood memories, futuristic fantasies.
The latest iteration of our new lunch menu is no different, drawing on 30s Geneva, Dickens’ England, and a Californian restaurant chain founder immortalised by the Beastie Boys.
As ever, our North Star is some of the best beef on the planet.
They’re quicker out of the kitchen, more wallet-friendly, and unmistakably Hawksmoor.
Flat iron steak
Makes its Hawksmoor debut. Charcoal-grilled flatiron (a tender cut from the shoulder that’s named after Hawksmoor New York’s wedge-shaped neighbour, the Flat iron Building), served in the style of the hottest restaurant in 1930s Geneva: Café de Paris – served with beef dripping fries and a salad of watercress, shaved radishes and cornichons in a mustard dressing.
Rump steak & chips
Beef dripping chips & steakhouse salad.
Shortrib au poivre
Steak au poivre wasn’t born in the 1960s, but that was its spiritual heyday. Back then, it was often flamed tableside by a tuxedoed waiter. Hawksmoor has swapped steak for shortrib, slow-cooked for 10 hours until meltingly tender, brushed in mustard, dipped in cracked pepper and coated in peppercorn sauce and served with buttery mash or our beef-dripping fries.
‘In the whole catalogue of cookery, there is nothing I should like so much as a beefsteak pudding!’ exclaims a character in Charles Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit. It might even have helped its cook, Ruth Pinch, land a husband. Hawksmoor has swapped steak for braised short rib and added red wine and Somerset Cider Brandy before mixing with winter vegetables and steaming in a traditional suet pastry crust.
Roasted over charcoal and served with slow-cooked peppers with onion, garlic, thyme and olive oil and finished with fresh basil leaves.
Baked until soft and yielding, with Hen of the Woods mushrooms lightly glazed with soy sauce, and whipped ricotta (cashew varietal available), celery leaves, capers and fresh marjoram, completes the new menu, giving pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans options as appealing as their meat-eating friends.
Tunworth Royale patty melt
The lovechild of two of the best things in the food world: a burger and a toasted cheese sandwich. Invented by William Wallace ‘Tiny’ Naylor (for any hip-hop nerds, he’s on the cover of the Beastie Boy’s 1994 album, Ill Communication) in 1950s LA. Hawksmoor makes theirs with their famous burger patty, one of their favourite cheeses, rich, complex, unctuous Tunworth, and mozzarella for maximum string factor – all between slices of Texas Toast.