The Cattle Grid Steak House – BRANCH CLOSED

Battersea burgers

We were having a drink out in Battersea on Saturday night and decided on a whim to eat at The Cattle Grid Steak House. It was about 9pm and the restaurant was full and lively, yet we were lucky enough to squeeze in on a table for two that had just become available (I’d recommend booking ahead normally though).

Cow-themed design – inside The Cattle Grid, Battersea

Both of us were torn between choosing a burger or steak so we ordered one of each, and shared. It turned out to be a great idea.

At £19.45, the 7oz fillet steak (the ‘best naturally reared beef, dry aged’ which we had cooked rare) came with hand-cut chips and watercress, while the stilton and flat mushroom beef burger (which we had cooked medium rare) was served on its own @ £8.50, so we ordered wilted spinach @ £3.75, a baked potato @ £3.25 and a side of goat’s cheese and beetroot @ £3.25 too, along with a bottle of Vendimia rioja Spanish red wine @ £21.50.

7oz fillet steak – cooked rare, served with chips

The fillet steak was a quality piece of beef and was beautifully cooked – chargrilled on the outside and nicely pink in the middle but it was the burger that blew us away; it was absolutely sensational (also very pink in the middle).

Stilton + mushroom beef burger – heaven

Wilted spinach, beetroot + goat’s cheese – side dishes

Service was really speedy and attentive, despite all of the waiting staff running around like headless chickens. The total bill for two main courses (including vegetables/ sides) and a bottle of wine came to £66.30, which included service.


And for those living in South West London, you can order a home delivery from The Cattle Grid (both food and drinks) through their partner delivery service, MyDeliveryCab.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, steak house, international
~ Address: 35-37 Battersea Rise, London
~ Postcode: SW11 1HG
~ Tel: 020 7228 4690
~ Nearest station: Clapham Junction
~ Website + menus: Cattle Grid website
~ Delivery ordering: My Delivery Cab site
~ Photos on flickr: images of Cattle Grid food
~ Location: Cattle Grid Battersea map


More nearby dining (Battersea):

~ Banana Tree
~ Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak – Indonesian / SE Asian fusion, Lavender Hill
~ Noiya – Indian restaurant on Lavender Hill

Cattle Grid Steak House on Urbanspoon


LardButty in Berlin – The Bird

The Bird in Berlin – saving the best til last

This is the one we’ve been waiting for. The big one. Our last – and hopefully special – dinner out. A little piece of America in Berlin.

The Bird may not look like much from outside but don’t let that deter you. There’s a whole happy cavern overflowing with meat and beer awaiting inside…


The Bird – outside dining on a chilly eve

Our table is reserved and waiting for us when we enter, but only for two hours. It’s a busy restaurant and we’ll be booted out when our time’s up, so we’d best crack on, starting with a round of dark köstritzer schwarzbiers (@ €3.50 per half litre) and an entertaining read.

It’s a good menu, short and specialised: the food is serious and the tone lighthearted:


At least try eating the damn burger with your hands. All you uptight people with forks and knives are driving us crazy. And for God’s sake don’t order your meat well done… menu cheekiness

It’s all about the meat – a variety of burgers and steaks (you choose the weight and how you’d like it cooked) with the best beef being imported from the States.

Because ‘bigger steaks are better’, the advice is not to order a thin, little steak each but to share a bigger – juicier and tastier – steak with others. Our waitress was super helpful and guided us on portion sizes.


IMG_6482 Chicken wings


We share sticky chicken wings – six pieces @ €4, and a da woiks burger, medium rare with Cheddar cheese @ €13 as starters. D’s been here before and enjoys sitting opposite us, watching our faces. We’re in raptures, mumbling things about “best chips ever…” and “seriously amazing burger…”. Chip miracle


How they’ve made them the *best* chips ever, I don’t know. They’re really well done with a slightly crispy outside but are perfectly soggy too. They look almost burnt. But they’re not, they taste amazing. It’s a miracle – a deep-fried potato miracle. That’s all there is to it.
Köstritzer schwarzbier


IMG_6486b_FILLET 300g fillet steak with best ever chips and spinach


The joy of steaks
We share two steaks – both cooked medium rare – between the three of us: a 300g fillet steak @ €54 (it’s €18 per 100g) and a 500g New York strip @ €62.50 (it’s €12.50 per 100g).


IMG_6487 500g New York strip with best ever chips and salad


Slices of fillet and New York strip steak


Da Woiks burger Cheese (stilton), mushrooms + bacon with skin-on fries


For those who don’t mind the wait and crush at the bar, there’s an Angry Hour – buy one get one free on beer between 6 – 8pm (only at the bar). We preferred the chill-out, table-service option – full price being €7 a litre (that’s £5.85 for 1.8 pints, not bad).

The only *slightly* disappointing thing about this restaurant is the two hour turnaround on tables (it’s advisable to book ahead as it’s very busy, even on a Sunday evening). But as it says on the menu: …we ask for your patience and understanding. If you have none, please go elsewhere, this isn’t the place for self-important whiners The tone of the menu clearly gives you an idea of the kind of place it is: special yet not taking itself too seriously. It’s down-to-earth, with no pomp and ceremony, and is easy to feel at ease here.

Oh. Did I mention the best chips ever?


The Bird re-visited – May 2016


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4.5 / 5
~ Type: American (in Germany)
~ Address: Am Falkplatz 5, 10435 Prenzlauer Berg
~ Tel: +49 (0)30 5105 3283
~ e: (or for reservations:
~ Nearest station: Schönhauser Allee -S and U
~ Website: The Bird in Berlin website
~ Menus: The Bird in Berlin menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of The Bird in Berlin
~ Location: The Bird map



More Berlin dining:

~ Auszeit – good for brunch in a scenic spot
~ The Bird – simply the best chips ever + amazing meat. Go! what are you waiting for?
~ Makoto – great donburi at this Japanese noodle bar
~ Oranium – sausage-fest breakfast treats
~ Porta Nova – favolose Italian restaurant in Mitte
~ Volver – Spanish tapas restaurant
~ Zitrone – good brunch spot in Kreuzberg