Blacklock Shoreditch | East London Steakhouse
Last Updated 7th May 2019
Blacklock famously grill all their chops using an old ‘Blacklock’ iron.
Explains how they’ve flattened the competition.
They’re now onto their third joint after Blacklock Soho (in a former illegal strip club) and Blacklock City (in a former medieval meat market), set this time in Shoreditch, in a space that was a former, ugh, non-meat related restaurant.
This is the largest of the three, and the Blacklock team have done their best to let the space speak for itself, stripping away all the layers of paint & varnish to reveal the spartan simplicity of a concrete floor, brick walls, and a wooden ceiling. In fact, the only adornments on the walls are the blackboards showing the daily specials.
Clearly, they’d rather let something else do the talking. Namely…
For those unfamiliar with the Blacklock concept, it’s pretty simple: they serve chops. They’re either ‘skinny’ (for a mere £4 each) or ‘big’ (served in increments of 100g). They come in the form of lamb cutlets, lamb t-bones, beef rump, beef rib, pork rib, pork belly, porterhouse, tomahawk, we could go on. There are even smoked bacon chops. And they’re all cooked over a charcoal grill before being seared with an original Blacklock Foundry clothes iron from the 1800s.
They have a very small selection of starters and ‘pre-chop bites’ (grilled squid & bone marrow; egg & anchovy, etc.), and a healthy selection of sides, including beef dripping chips, charred courgette, barbecued baby gem salad, and 10hr ash-roasted sweet potatoes.
THE WORKER’S LUNCH
If you’re just in the market for a quick-yet-filling midday meal that nostalgically harks back to the days of East End worker’s lunches while still remaining quite reasonably priced… then you’re in luck. Blacklock Shoreditch are running a Worker’s Lunch menu featuring such old school classics as:
- East End Pie & Mash – encased in a crisp & buttery Cornish pastry, they’ve loaded beef, bone marrow, and gravy, then sided it with a heap of mash and some fresh parsley liquor sauce.
- Nosh Salt Beef Sarnie – “a tribute to the old Jewish delis of Brick Lane” and the famed Nosh bar on Great Windmill Street (where the original Blacklock is) this one has layers of brisket, sauerkraut, luted Emmental & Russian dressing all stuffed inside some grilled house-made challah.
- Steak Sarnie – doing what Blacklock do best, this is simply hanger steak sliced and topped with bone marrow & dripping, finished off with watercress, and throw into a ciabatta roll.
If you’re dining with a vegetarian (or you are a vegetarian) they always have a rotating veggie special – and if somehow none of the above quite hits the spot? There’s an off-menu cheeseburger that certainly will. And prices range from £8-£10 for everything.
Now that they’ve got their very own bar, they’ve decided to go in a slightly new drinking direction. Sure, you can still get their crazily good value ‘cocktails for a fiver’ (which include house takes on Gimlet, the Old Fashioned, and the Negroni, etc.) And yes, if you’re too lazy to visit the bar, their cocktail trolley will still come to you…
…but now, they’ve also teamed up with New York speakeasy Slowly Shirley. On their guest menu – which will remain in place indefinitely – you can get the vaunted bar’s greatest hits, including the Cognac & gin-loaded Telegraph, and a vodka/ lychee/ lime leaf/ ginger number called The Village Bicycle.
Which seems like it’ll be extremely popular.
NOTE: Blacklock Shoreditch is open weekdays 12-3pm & 5pm-midnight, Saturdays 12pm-12am and Sundays 12-10pm. You can find out more, and make a booking on their website HERE.
Blacklock Shoreditch | 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ
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