Given Hawksmoor’s reputation (4.4 star rating online!) and the recommendations I’d received from several friends, I was really looking forward to eating here! So to celebrate the end of term, 2 friends and I made a date to celebrate at the branch on Air Street.

Alas, we were set to be disappointed.

Doesn’t the monkfish look absolutely delicious?

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Unfortunately, it tasted really bland (even with the lemon)! Also, it felt like the waitress was trying to upwell rather than think about what worked for the customer. It was available in 2 sizes (Β£24 and Β£48 respectively) and she advised me to go for the larger one. As I eat a lot (which I didn’t mention to the waitress), I did so but it was waaaay too much for me. I really don’t see how it could have worked for any another person with a normal appetite! I also specifically asked if it was a fillet and she said yes but it came on a bone! Thankfully,Β it was a Β huge one and not the typical small fish bone- I HATE those!!!

How can you go to a steakhouse and not have steak?? Well, my friends did πŸ™‚ But both of them were not impressed by it either! And I do think Hawksmoor is being much too stingy here- it should come with at least some dressing by the side no? It turned out if we wanted any sauce we’d have to order separately….

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For sides, we chose delicious sounding ones such as Triple Cooked Chips and Lobster Mac & Cheese.

But reality was not so delicious πŸ˜› All that extra lard from the Triple Cooked Chips were just wasted calories- they tasted not much different from regular fish & chips chips. And the Cheese in the Lobster Mac was too simple in taste- it really needed a more complex cheese or herbs to pull the dish together. (Oh and did I mention the Mac was soggy?!)

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Best thing we had was the dessert πŸ™‚ But then, most desserts in UK- even in a Starbucks or Costa- are good πŸ˜›

To be fair, the waitress felt bad when she realised the monkfish had a bone so she gave us a piece of chocolate each. OK Let’s add 1/2 star for the service πŸ™‚

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In conclusion? A very mediocre 3 star meal/ dining experience. Despite attempts by other friends to make me give it another chance, I have no plans on going back to the Hawksmoor. Would love to hear what you think of it! πŸ™‚

Here’s a link to the full Air Street menu:

http://thehawksmoor.com/wp-content/uploads/menus/AS-DINNER.pdf

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