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Thrilling Grills At Sophie’s Steakhouse, Soho

Custom-built, wood-fired grills and smokers characterise this stylish Soho steakhouse, offering a ‘back-to-basics’ approach to cooking meats, fish and tasty veg.

A gorgeous verandah-style set up entices visitors off the busy street through a huge open window, chairs and loungers dotted around a roaring outdoor fireplace. Walk into the restaurant proper and you’ll find trendy neon signage, gorgeous prints and a huge, cavernous space filled with tables of small groups. Then there’s the long, buzzy bar churning out Chelsea Beach Ice Teas, Passion Fruit Spiked Lemonades and ‘restoratives’ like the delicious Apple & Mint Cooler. Non-drinkers or those holding strong this Dry January could do worse than try a Lucky Saint, a 0.5%ABV lager that truly tastes like the real thing.

Sit down to eat and you’ll start off with small plates comprising the likes of a beef and thyme Scotch egg, classic prawn cocktail, buttermilk squid and taramasalata, but you can happily pop in for a few drinks with nibbles like Padron peppers or your classic bread and butter.

Make no bones about it, though, you should order a steak. British suppliers provide beef that’s dry-aged for one month in-house, butchered daily and chargrilled to order. You’ll see a beautiful grill stacked with fresh corn and veg ready to be grilled or wrapped in foil, but it’s the meat that truly draws the eye – great hunks of beast ready to be cooked to your liking.

We sampled the centre cut fillet (medium rare), served up with a choice of sauces (we went for peppercorn) and sides (creamed spinach, ratatouille and golden fries all the way!). Great portion sizes, everything was served piping hot and cooked exactly as we’d asked. Somehow saving room for dessert, we shared a cute little sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream to finish our joyfully gluttonous, incredibly cosy evening – and suggest you do exactly the same.

WEBSITE: Sophiessteakhouse.com

INFO: 42-44 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7NB / soho@sophiessteakhouse.com /020 7836 8836

ANYTHING ELSE? There’s a branch in Chelsea, too!

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