Rowley’s char-grilled entrecote

**UPDATE, MARCH 2011**
K and I went to Rowley’s last night, 29th March, and had a brilliant time. We were served by a really lovely, bubbly Hungarian girl – service was really great. We both had rare steaks (the house speciality in butter sauce) which were perfectly cooked and tender. As they’re served on a metal platter over a flame, it seemed a good idea to order them rare then you can leave them to cook through a bit further if you wish to. We also tried a mushroom tart for starter which was amazing – divine crumbly pastry and really tasty mushrooms. The atmosphere early evening was much more relaxed than the Friday lunchtime I came previously. And, if you dine before 7pm you can currently download a ‘50% off food’ voucher from Rowley’s website. So, it’s always worth checking their website for latest offers.

Rowley’s may seem a bit twee at first: it’s on gentrified Jermyn Street (famous for its tailors) and is usually filled with an older clientele and pin-striped business-men when I stroll past and peek through the glass frontage during my lunch breaks.

But it is ‘tweeness’ of a good sort – Rowley’s is situated where the Walls meat business began in the eighteenth century. And if you’re a meat eater, you simply have to try their steaks.

Rowley’s house speciality is their ‘famous char grilled entrecote’. Choose from
~ 6 oz – £24.00
~ 10 oz – £32.00
~ 6 oz w/ Larder Trim – £19.50
~ 10 oz w/ Larder Trim – £26.50
~ 6 oz Rump – £17.50
~ or corn-fed chicken breast for £16.50

All are served with a delicious herb and butter sauce and unlimited French Fries or a portion of chunky chips. And, if you’re still hungry you can get a second 6 oz steak or chicken breast for £10 (prices as of November 2010 and subject to change).

I went at lunchtime and the 6oz steak @ £24 with chunky chips and a side of green beans was more than sufficient (although a complimentary bread basket had been served when we initially sat at the table). The meat was served on a platter over a flame, keeping the butter sauce melted (slightly caramelising) and the meat warm – it was such a good cut it really did just melt in my mouth and was cooked medium-rare (as requested) perfectly. Absolutely divine.

rare steak with herb butter sauce over a flame

Having bought discount vouchers from Groupon in advance (£12 for £35 worth of food and drink from the a la carte menu) this was outstanding value. For such quality food, the menu is reasonably priced when it’s full price but do check their website for latest offers (50% discounts are offered if you eat at off-peak times).

A special place to take friends and relatives when they visit London. Twee shhmee.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British fine dining
~ Address: 113 Jermyn Street, London
~ Postcode: SW1Y 6HJ
~ Tel: 020 7930 2707
~ Nearest tube station: Piccadilly
~ Website + menus: Rowley’s website
~ Location: Rowley’s restaurant map

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