Goodman (City Branch)

I can happily say that Goodman is one of my favourite steak restaurants in London. It’s usually reserved for the odd occasional indulgence – good steak comes with a (hefty) price tag. However, one Wednesday night Mike and I were at a loose end for dinner near Bank and didn’t fancy hiking it to Shoreditch or Soho. Faced with limited options, we had to go to Goodman.

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650g chateaubriand of USDA Angus beef (150 day corn fed)

Goodman is not a great place to take your veggie friends (although the truffle chips and the creamed spinach is some of the best I’ve ever tasted). Mike and I looked at the menu but we both knew (or at least I did!) that we wanted the USDA Angus beef 150 day corn fed chateaubriand from the specials board. Negotiations commenced on (i) the size of the chateaubriand, (ii) how it was going to be cooked, and (iii) the sides.

On serving of bread later, we’d decided on 650g between two (quite light for us) priced at £84.50, rare, with truffle chips and creamed Gruyere spinach. I was happy to ditch my usual request for 5 sides because, unknown to Mike, I’d already pre-dinnered on curly friends at the nearby Flight Club. Mike had a beer (again I have no idea which one) and I had a very tasty glass of Australian GSM (Henschke, 2013 Henry Seven’s). Goodman’s wine list is impressive, extensive and expensive.

Steak arrived and it was delicious. Perfectly cooked, smooth and buttery, grilled texture on the outside but juicy and ripe in the middle. Sides were again a perfect complement, the chips were thoroughly infused with truffle and the creamed spinach was rich whilst retaining texture. Two very happy diners.

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YUMMY IN MY TUMMY

  • Mains x1 (650g chateaubriand)
  • Sides x2
  • Sauces x2
  • Drinks x2 (my glass of GSM was £15)

TOTAL: ~£130 (including service)

Service was good, food was great and we thought the price was reasonable. The only minor niggle (if I had to find one) was that the restaurant is usually busy and so can be a little bit noisy. If this is going to detract from your dining experience, you can try requesting one of the tables at the front of the restaurant near the bar although you won’t be able to see the kitchen action.

Goodman is definitely a treat destination rather than an everyday dinner choice but if you’re a steak lover, I would highly recommend it

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