Spitalfields location joined by branches in Guildhall and Seven Dials, the latest sibling in Air Street off Piccadilly adds fish to the menu, and seems to have wowed critics already with a "gloriously sleek, art deco-styled upstairs" boasting "emerald-green leather banquettes," "slobberingly good menus" and unusual desserts like salted caramel "Rolos" that one diner gladly proclaims as "one of the best things I've eaten this month."
So now that Hawksmoor does steak and fish, who are the plucky boys up against? A whistle-stop tour of some of London's best surf 'n' turf, after the jump.
Burger and Lobster: Already causing a stir and spreading like wildfire - there are three branches with a rumoured fourth on the way - Burger and Lobster does posh surf 'n' turf with a unique twist. There are only two things on the menu: a "juicy, tasty burger" or "toothsome" lobster that's "a bargain" whether "steamed, chargrilled or in a brioche bun," all with "perfectly salted" chips and "crisp" salad. No reservations, just walk up and dive into a cocktail while you wait your turn.
Hix Oyster and Chop House: Young head chef Martin Sweeney made our 30 Under 30 list for his work running the kitchen here. The "simple decor" shows the restaurant "must have a lot of confidence in the food," and the "hearty portions" of "wonderful" chophouse classics and regularly changing "delicious" fresh seafood delivered by crisp service won't disappoint.
Redhook: Just a stone's throw from Smithfields meat market, here you can match a Donegal rib-eye with Carlingford Lough oysters, or just blow out on plates of giant prawns and New York strip loin. Cooking over charcoal means everything tastes as it should, and the cocktails pack a punch but at £5-£7 are easy on the wallet.
The Cabin Bar and Grill: An institution for Chiswick residents who always return to this independently owned, relaxed and convivial brasserie, diners adorning the striped banquettes enjoy clam chowder or blackened king prawns before diving into the main course of chargrilled swordfish, Wagyu beef burgers or béarnaise-drenched steaks.