Billed as the baby sibling to the Hawksmoor group of restaurants and being my absolute favourite steak houses, I had high hopes for their latest venture, Foxlow. Located in Clerkenwell and luckily for me just a hop, skip and a jump away from my office.
My friends and I arrived early and took a seat at the bar to enjoy some fabulous cocktails. Feeling a little peckish, we ordered the pea guacamole with crackling (£3.50). The pea had just a hint of mint to it and it was a very fresh tasting snack on such a warm day like it was last Thursday. The crackling was divine, not too hard that you felt you were in danger of losing a tooth, but still with that nice crunch that makes crackling so extremely more’ish!
I ordered the crispy five pepper squid (£8.00) to start. I love calamari and in South Africa, where I am from, it is on almost every menu. It’s not that easy to find here in London, so when I see it on a menu, I usually order it. This calamari was cooked perfectly – buttery soft, with the crumbs adding just enough crunch and the five pepper seasoning just that little bit of heat. It was delicious.
For my main, I ordered a rib fillet steak (£18.00), not the usual cut I go for as I prefer a little fat on my meat but the other option was a deckle, which is very similar to rib-eye and not a cut I particularly enjoy. None-the-less the fillet was cooked exactly how I ordered it. The steak had a lovely char to it and had been seasoned well, I enjoyed it very much. To accompany my meat, I chose the three tomato salad (£4.00) and it was dressed with a little olive oil and vinegar. Extremely simple, but when you have such fantastic ingredients, you don’t need anything else.
A couple of us decided to share desserts. We ordered the “Ferrero Rocher” pot (£6.00) and the Passionfruit Eton mess (£5,50 with 25p being donated to Kids Company). I thought the Ferrero Rocher would be sickly sweet, but it was a great combination of flavours and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The Passionfruit Eton mess was just as lovely and we liked the sharpness of the Passionfruit against the creaminess of the soft serve.
Our waiter, Tomasz, was brilliant! Extremely knowledgeable and charming, he answered all our questions confidently and made us feel very at ease. Our total bill for three people came to £219 including service. I really enjoyed our evening at Foxlow. The atmosphere was relaxed, we were well looked after and the food was fantastic! What more can you ask for?
Until we eat again!