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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

HAWKSMOOR


WON'T YOU POUR ME A CUBAN BREEZE GRETCHEN

Or in this case a rather good Mint Julep at new Spitalfields joint Hawksmoor.

In most areas of life Dos Hermanos are pretty quick off the mark: quick to lose our temper; quick to pass judgement ; quick to attack a pile of tandooried chops at New Tayyabs and of course the legendary DH ‘quickie’ boudoir technique (form an orderly queue ladies). So it had to happen that I ended up going to a new Bar & Grill last night that was so new that it hadn’t got its Grill going so was just Bar (but not blah).

Managed by legendary Nick Strangeway (ex of just about every cocktail place you’ve ever heard of) this is another lovechild of the duo who have given us Green & Red, Redchurch and the Marquess Tavern. Their aim to provide a US Steakhouse experience (think big steaks and good cocktails) without the heavy theming. It’s early days but they seem to be heading in the right direction.

Over the course of the evening I had several well-made cocktails including the aforementioned julep (something the Peabody in Memphis failed to come up with because they’d run out of mint) which along with their sours will be part of the house specialities, a few glasses of a fetching Sauvignon Blanc and a rather fine Van Winkle’s 15 Reserve Bourbon which was most acceptable. Bar snacks were on offer so I snarfed down some pretty good ribs and excellent chips (triple cooked HB ones, apparently) during the evening.

The friendly staff proved excellent company and we all enjoyed seeing the French wipe the smile off Aragones face courtesy of some T.Henry payback. Not funny. Not funny at all.

But back to the Grill part. Once they get their extraction system working, we are promised the likes of huge porterhouse steaks, veal chops and various joints porcine. Sourced from Ginger Pig, Northfield Farm and Sillifield Farm it’s all sounding pretty damn good. All they need to do now is deliver. Expect some more news in a couple of weeks time when Dos Hemanos will be reduxing. It’s not easy being us.

Note to HS. Please could you put some snaps against this post - my camera wasn’t charged up (yeah, yeah, I know, Amateur Night In Poughkeepsie, but you’re the lensman…)

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