The portion of flesh taken from the central rib of a cow, rib eye steak is easily the most flavoursome part of the animal. Cooked properly, you’ll never want to eat fillet, hanger or sirloin again. Here’s our pick of the best.
La Petite Maison
We dread to think how much salt this slab of incredibly succulent, impossibly flavoursome beef had rubbed into it before hitting the pan, but it stands in memory as our best steak to date. People often talk about steaks being as soft as butter – but the one at La Petite Maison (easily my favourite restaurant in London, there’s nowhere better for a glass of rosé in the afternoon) is more like a beautiful slab of slightly coarse pate. Aged for flavour with a dense, meaty texture – it makes you remember you’re eating one of the best steaks you’ll probably ever have the honour of digesting (and I’m not over exaggerating).
Expensive yes, but this steak was as soft as butter and absolutely enormous, 34’s rib eye didn’t quite reach the heady heights of La Petite Maison’s (perhaps it’s something to do with the seasoning), but is beautifully tender nonetheless. Not to mention incredibly rare.
It may call itself the best steak restaurant in London, but Hawskmoor comes in on the contender list. Their steaks are enormous and delicious but not quite up to LPM’s standard. The key here is to order the amazing triple cooked chips and slather everything in the house BBQ sauce – it’s the best we’ve tried.