I’ve been meaning to write this post for such a looooong time, and feel awful that I haven’t, as I’ve been keeping it a secret from you lovely lot! Anyway, I’ve finally written it, and even if you’re not a carnivore, then I urge you to hotfoot it here anyway so you can sample the most incredible cheesecake I have ever tasted…and believe me, I’ve tried A LOT! I might* have even sneaked a few mouthfuls for breakfast…..
We’ve been here twice for lunch and twice for supper, and never have we been disappointed. (The only other restaurant I’m this loyal to, when our time in the UK is so precious, is Nobu.) The lunch and dinner menus differ, and whilst neither is extensive, whatever we’ve chosen has always been cooked to perfection. The lunch menu offers lighter fare: salads, sandwiches etc. Whilst the dinner one has more substantial dishes available. Our most recent visit was for lunch for my father-in-law’s birthday. When I made the booking, JW Steakhouse asked if it was a special occasion and I said it was a birthday celebration, and didn’t think anything of it.
When we arrived, they had sweetly decorated the table with balloons and birthday confetti on the table. A small touch that most definitely started our lunch off on the right foot. The service is impeccable. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, who have the knack of making you feel as if you’re the only diners in the restaurant. The Restaurant Manager came over to welcome us, and Giovanni our waiter for the day, was fabulous! He was ebullient and chatty, yet managed to strike the balance between being friendly and professional, yet not being over-bearing, intrusive or too familiar. He should set-up a waiter training school!
The restaurant is a large and spacious room – very like many American steakhouses we’ve visited – with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto a terrace that has views of Park Lane and in the distance, Hyde Park. One of the Domestic Prince’s bugbears when eating out is the proximity of tables – thankfully, this isn’t an issue in JW Steakhouse. The tables are close enough to each other to feel busy and bustling, but far enough apart that you don’t feel the next table is part of your conversation. The perfect balance.
For some silly reason that morning we’d had a late breakfast (I know, what were we thinking?!), so in light of this, we didn’t have any starters, plus I was saving space for the cheesecake!
There were so many dishes I fancied as my main that unusually for me, I struggled to choose. I ended up opting for the Steak and Bourbon pie (another pie, I know!) and mash. It was delicious. Packed with chunks of tender steak and a rich-gravy with a hint of bourbon. I’m a bit fussy when it comes to mash, so the mash is probably perfect to normal beings, but for this princess, I felt it needed some more butter, a dollop of cream and a good shake of the salt cellar. The Domestic Prince ordered some grilled asparagus to go with his 6oz fillet, which was divine. The Prince’s steak was cooked to perfection and could only be described as “melt in the mouth”. My mother-in-law went for the Fish and Chips that was probably the best fish and chips I’ve ever tasted (yes, I had to taste everybody else’s!) outside a fish and chip shop. Quite often restaurant fish and chips leave a lot to be desired; not the case at JW Steakhouse. My father-in-law chose one of the specials of the day – the Shepherd’s Pie, which again was just delicious. In keeping with an American-style steak house, the portions are massive. Come super hungry!
When it came time for dessert, we didn’t even look at the menu, as The Domestic Prince and I were insistent that his parents absolutely had to try the cheesecake. JW bill the cheesecake as “the best this side of the pond” – a bold claim, but one which they actually surpass! I wouldn’t be lying to say that back in Bangalore, I often lament about this superlative cheesecake. The crumb (a Graham Cracker one I believe) encases the vanilla bean middle and it’s finished with a sour cream topping that cuts through the sweetness of the middle. The first time I had this cheesecake, I thought it would be rich and heavy, but it’s not – it’s incredibly light. And there’s a massive 6 inches of it to enjoy! Most people probably share this over-sized pudding – not us though. We have one each and box-up what we don’t finish at the restaurant (there is sometimes!) to takeaway to enjoy back at our apartment. I can’t tell you about any of the other puddings I’m sorry, as I only ever want the cheesecake…it’s THAT good. Not even chocolate makes me cheat on this beauty.
Whilst choosing what we were going to eat we had a bottle of Champagne, and then The Prince and his Dad had a glass of red wine and I had a glass of Cloudy Bay with our main courses.
Domestic Princess tips:
- If having a starter, I’d choose either the Maryland crab cakes, the tortillas with spinach & artichoke dip or the super-size calamari.
- In the evening whilst waiting for your first course to arrive, they bring scrumptious hot buttered salt-and-pepper popcorn for you to munch on.
- If bourbon is your thing, then JW have an impressive collection.
- Diners with big appetites, should give the mahoosive 32oz “Tomahawk” ribeye steak a whirl. I’ve heard incredible things about it!
- If you’re visiting on a nice day /evening – ask for a table outside on the terrace.
If you’re after excellent steaks, a good atmosphere and impeccable service, then I really can’t recommend JW Steakhouse highly enough.
What’s your favourite steak restaurant?
With much love
The Domestic Princess