Foxlow is the younger sibling to the hugely successful Hawksmoor family of restaurants. Known for their sublime steaks I had high hopes for Clerkenwell’s newest feasting ground. I was taken on a surprise visit to Foxlow a few months ago to sample the superior meats and other indulgences. The eatery has a neighbourhood feel though I’m not sure the local students could afford to eat here, instead it is popular with groups of friends and foodie couples who feel this destination restaurant is worth travelling for.
The interior design is a mix of urban vintage shabbiness with a touch of French bistro, but all smartened up in a cream and black chic colour code with lovely tiling and circular lights. The hip and relaxed staff seemed pleased to be serving here, and were incredibly patient as I debated long and hard about which dishes to pick.
We nibbled on Crispy Five Pepper Squid to whet our appetites, soft fresh fish coated in a salted, crunchy, thick coating and sprinkled in fresh lime, chilli and coriander. All the meat options sounded delicious and there are specials on a board which regularly change alongside the main permanent menu. Iberico pork ‘pluma’ for main was truly exquisite, it was cooked to perfection, a glistening pink centre with a crispy caramelised edge. In fact, it made me ponder why beef is more popular than pork for steak. So that we could compare, we also tried a beef steak which was delicious too, especially dipped in the creamy béarnaise sauce, but the pork definitely trumped. Sides are top notch, skin-on fries with chicken salt, and spring greens with lemon and garlic would be my recommendation.
There are plenty of other temptations – strong cocktail concoctions and homemade sweet soft serve sundaes – but some have complained about the overwhelming indulgences at Foxlow. With this in mind we skipped desserts, though the Elvis Presley sandwich with candied bacon definitely caught my eye. At the final hurdle I managed to resist, which is not an easy thing to do at Foxlow.
More information for Foxlow here: www.foxlow.co.uk