Hawksmoor have one of the best GF menus I have seen – not only is it clearly marked with a traffic light system (green = naturally gluten free , yellow = can be modified to be gluten free, red = no go), but it also includes all the sides and the sauces. This is something most places forget to include and results in lots of double checking with the chef. Top marks to whoever has thought this through – I wonder if they are a Coeliac?? The allergy menu lists gluten, dairy and nuts.
Hawksmoor is a steakhouse, but there was one option for vegetarians. The venue itself is atmospheric – darkly lit and dark wooden tables and chairs. Due to the prices, I expected it to be more formal, but it is actually quite casual (at Covent Garden, anyway). The meal itself was delicious. The ingredients were all quite plain (steak, salad, sweet potato), but the way it was cooked and the combined flavours were fantastic. Washing it down with some champagne (for a friend’s 40th) just topped it all off. (As a guide for prices, the average steak cost is around £30, with sides extra.) We didn’t have dessert, so I didn’t see the dessert options.
I will definitely go to Hawskmoor again. They have four restaurants in central London – Seven Dials (Covent Garden), Spitalfields, Air Street (near Regent St) and Guildhall (near Moorgate).
UPDATE: I have since visited the Air Street branch (Feb 2014) and when I asked for the gluten free menu they said there wasn’t one?! The staff were still knowledgeable, but it was not as comfortable an experience as at Seven Dials where I had the fantastic separate menu.
11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG Ph. 020 7420 9390
Closest Tube: Covent Garden