With their vast expanses of space and a remit that generally requires a universally appealing menu, hotel restaurants don’t lend themselves to great dining experiences. However, JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House on Park Lane has turned these attributes to its advantage to create an American style steakhouse.
The best way to describe JW Steakhouse is BIG, which is quite appropriate given its American inspiration. A spacious room is filled with large wooden furniture, including tables big enough to play table tennis on and comfy armchairs sturdy enough to hold the biggest boned of our cousins from across the pond.
Cow comes in the form of various cuts of USDA Prime Corn Fed and Aberdeen Angus, which are treated to a spell in a 650 degree Montague Legend grill. The real showpiece however, is the somewhat dramatically named 32 ounce on-the-bone rib eye ‘Tomahawk’ steak – a cut that can only be found at JW Steakhouse. Whilst the Adam Richman in us wanted to attempt the Man V Food sized steak, our bravado was fortunately overcome by logic as it would have meant missing out on starters and dessert to actually have a hope of finishing it. As such, we opted for a Porterhouse, a cut that can be difficult to cook given that it contains a fillet and sirloin. In this case, however, not only was it beautifully cooked, but the meat itself was as flavoursome as you could hope for.
The selection of starters are designed to whet the palette before the main, including Tuna tartare and some delicious signature Maryland-style crab cakes. Desserts don’t take such a pragmatic approach and include calorie busting delights such as Warm Apple Pie and their self-proclaimed ‘Best Cheesecake this side of the Pond’ – a description that actually turns out to be not too far from the truth!
After a meal like that, you’ll probably need a few moments to relax, contemplate and digest your dinner before heading home. It’s probably no coincidence then that the restaurant also houses The Bourbon Bar – an equally spacious and comfortable space in which to while away the rest of the evening. As the name suggests, the spirits list offers an extensive array of single barrel and small batch bourbons, as well as a menu of well-made classic cocktails.
Cuisine type: Steakhouse
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £120
86 Park Lane
London, W1K 7TN
T: +44 (0)20 7399 8460