Jason Allen 06/03/15
Rowley’s | St James’s Steak Restaurant
The year is 1976.
The first commercial Concorde flight takes off. The Sex Pistols play their first gig. Rowley’s open their doors for the first time in St James’s.
Only one of those three things is still going strong today. We’ll give you a hint: it’s the one Johnny Rotten is least likely to have been in at one point.
By now, Rowley’s has officially attained ‘institution’ status (by whichever governing body is responsible for such decrees, we’re assuming) thanks mainly to the fact that they don’t try to overextend themselves, or to slap on too many bells or whistles to their food. Instead, they do one thing, and they do it extremely well.
That thing is steak, and the way that they do it is by taking an aged cut of entrecôte, and charring it on table burner to taste, before serving it up with roquefort butter sauce. Oh, and unlimited fries.
Of course, there are other things on the menu, and you’ll be more than happy with their ribeyes, fillets, huge chicken Supremes, confit duck legs, pepper-dusted lamb, or a simple cheeseburger with maple cured bacon. But the steak is what they’re famous for. And of course, there’s a short-but-sweet wine list & menu of classic cocktails, all geared towards the red meat.
Desserts are simple for the most part (tarte tatin, creme brûlée, sticky toffee pudding, etc.) with the most complex dish being their Chocolate Bombe with salted caramel ice cream, chocolate mousse, honeycomb, and coffee foam.
Which should awaken your hunger all over again.
NOTE: Rowley’s is open daily for lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (5.30-11pm). You can find out more, check out the full menus, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Rowley’s | 113 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6HJ
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113 Jermyn Street, St James's, SW1Y 6HJ
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0207 930 2707
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