This was my first time in Hawksmoor Spitalfields, although i have been to the other three in the small chain frequently.
We both had the Sunday roast (with only beef on offer, and which could be served rare or medium). It came served with a stupendous yorkshire pudding, a roasted garlic bulb, bone-marrow gravy, plus the usual veg. The only let-down was the horseradish sauce - I would expect a restaurant like Hawksmoor to make their own, instead of serving insipid mass-produced stuff (they should take a leaf out of Rules' book, who probably do the best horseradish in the country). That said, all in all, it was an excellent traditional roast.
As with the others in the chain, the style is "American steakhouse" - but, with a welcome British slant. There is a bar area, with barstools plus tables for bar food, and a main restaurant at the back. When sat in the restaurant area, even though it was half-empty, I found it to be *very* loud - although I'm not sure if this was due to the other clientele or the general acoustics (given that my lunch companion said that it was normally very loud, I'm guessing more the latter).
Service is great for the "set-piece" items - initial drinks order, food order, food delivery - however, it fails a little for other things. Eg glasses would sit empty for long periods before someone came to take subsequent drinks orders; also, once ordered the actual delivery of drinks took far longer than desired.
Great food, a good restaurant if a little loud, and good service that just needs a little polish
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