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Last night I attended the launch party for new restaurant JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair. As lucky guests we were able to sample much of the menu in canapé form, or by helping ourselves to platefuls of food canteen style!
The American steakhouse’s menu is centred (unsurprisingly) around beef. But not just any beef, this is USDA prime corn-fed Kansas beef and select cuts of Aberdeen Angus. The signature steak is “The Tomahawk”, a 32 ounce, on-the-bone rib eye.
I tasted the Aberdeen Angus, cooked rare, and, although I often get overenthusiastic about steaks and declare they’re the best I’ve ever eaten, this one really is up there.
It’s hard to describe everything else without drooling uncontrollably but I’ll try! Delicious rich crab cakes, salty rock oysters, mini burgers and mustardy steak tartar.
There’s not much choice for vegetarians on the menu apart from salads (again, not surprising at a steak house) but personally, I wouldn’t have minded eating a whole plate of side dishes as they were so good; bourbon sweet potato mash with marshmallow crust, buttery mash, green beans and sautéed wild mushrooms.
And then to desserts, I tried whoopee pie with Bailey’s milk shake – a bit like the adult equivalent of Oreo cookies and milk. Whoopie pies look like a macaroon but are made of two pieces of round chocolate sponge with frosting in between. They were sweet and yummy and the Bailey’s milkshake took the edge off the richness.
Other desserts I saw but was too full to try included a JW cheesecake and carrot cake. They were being snapped up off the plates though so I’m sure they were just as tasty.
JW Steakhouse is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch