Redhook, FarringdonPosted in Where to Eat & Drink Now
As one of the City's newest restaurants, Redhook in Farringdon has a lot to live up to as an eatery in among all the staid restaurants and the abundance of Thai restaurants that grace EC1. This daring American restaurant has opened with aplomb and very little fanfare.
We popped into Redhook to partake of its specialities: steak and seafood.
The venue is large and the front houses a decent sized bar with booths; perfect for chillaxing. At the back, there is an overly large dining room area with different style seating and tables set around the edges and middle of the room while to the rear the Redhook private dining room looks homely. The whole place has a quiet 1970s feel to it, with lamps and side tables that hark back 40 years or so. Expect Andy Warhol-style Wild West pictures that complete the 70s scene.
Above: Redhook Makes For A Decadent Environ In Which To Eat
Seeing the size of the portions we opted not to have a starter and went straight into mains. The North American Surf & Turf was a sumptuous combo of ½ a Canadian lobster and 280g of New York strip loin. At £40 it’s not cheap but there is a lot of food to wade your way through. The lobster wasn’t unadulterated and played host to a smidge of green pepper sauce. It may have been nice to have been able to add my own sauce but it was delicious regardless. The strip loin was cooked medium, just the way I like it and was plentiful in thickness. Get some chunky chips from the side menu to share as it’s nice to vary the texture and taste of the food you are eating after all that protein.
My dining companion tried the sea bass, which was soft and salty with broccoli and a dash of citrus broth. She paired it with a side of green beans that were crunch perfection.
Although we’d skipped starters it would be rude not to at least try a dessert so we ploughed into Knickerbocker Glory, which apparently is the most popular desert on the Redhook menu. Other options include lime and lemon tart and banana tarte tatin. All looked lipsmackingly good but the knicerbocker glory synched the deal for us with a mad-to-read but yummy-to-eat combo of apples, raspberries, meringue, Devonshire cream, caramel and brandy snaps; all whirled around vanilla ice cream. With two of your five a day it didn’t feel quite so sinful and the Devonshire cream went surprisingly well as a topping to the ice cream and fruit; a very decadent desert for a casual-vibed eatery. The strange thing about the venue is that it wasn’t too busy on the night we visited. So pop along before everyone else knows about it.
Above: Booths @ Redhook
The only downside was that there didn’t appear to be any specials and I can see the menu getting a little well-used before changes are made. Due to this, perhaps it won’t be a regular haunt of City-types, which might seem a shame.
Top Tip: See our review of Redhook, Farringdon in our where to drink section. The cocktails are sumptuous, not too daringly priced and absolutely yummy so try a few in the bar before heading through to the dining room.
Written by Lorna Strickland
89 Turnmill Street,
London, EC1M 5QU