Oh Hawksmoor, oh Hawksmoor. you have stolen our heart with your new lunch menu.
In the interest of thoroughness, my husband dined on potted beef & bacon with Yorkshires, while I enjoyed the light and seasonal spring herb salad, goat’s curd, radishes, sourdough crisp. (I had BIG plans for my main…)
The salad was delicious. Light, summery and refreshingly sharp goat’s curd was the perfect way to start my review of the Hawksmkoor’s new lunch menu. My husband’s meal was anything but light, but my oh my, it was pretty amazing. I don’t know what the secret to those giant Yorkshire puds were, but they were incredible – particularly when filled with potted beef and rich onion gravy.
Now, this summer marks the return of the legendary (completely-new-and-in-no-way-trademark-infringing) Big Matt burger. Served with beef dripping fries, or as part of the Big Matt Meal served with a Shakey Pete’s Ginger Brew (or the alcohol-free Steady Pete’s). Clearly, that’s what I ordered – the full shebang – essential eating and drinking on a hot, Edinburgh summer’s day.
The burger was not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure. But, I’m anything but faint of heart. Two succulent dry-aged British beef patties, Hawksmoor sauce, Sparkenhoe cheese, house pickles on a sesame seed bun – YES. Now this is living.
Across the table from me, my husband enjoyed his 35-day aged rump & triple cooked chips (with bone marrow gravy, of course) so much that a full five minutes went by without him saying anything at all. He was kind enough to let me dunk some of my fries into his gravy, and that’s true love in my book.
Hawksmoor’s very own Michelin man, Matt Brown, former Head Chef of not one but two restaurants with 3 Michelin stars, is the man behind the new Summer Special of Langoustine Scampi & Chips. (We didn’t have this, I couldn’t get past the Big Matt!) But, I’m told that every conceivable style of batter was tested, from old school Chip Shop to ethereal tempura and, controversially, it was an olive oil batter that struck just the right balance: light, fluffy, incredibly crisp. The stars, of course though, are sweet, succulent Scottish langoustines, along with Matt’s secret recipe for tartar sauce.
The desserts at Hawsmoor are always outstanding, and today was no exception. As part of the three-course lunch menu, we opted for the peanut butter shortbread, served with salted caramel ice cream and original Beans chocolate. As gluttonous and indulgent as we predicted, wee loved it. Oozy peanut butter, sweet, short biscuit and super creamy ice cream…what’s not to love?
To top it off, our brilliant waiter picked up on the fact that I am a total glutton, and sent over an ‘Ambassador’s Reception’. This giant chocolate and hazelnut pud is seriously outstanding. And, as well as being delicious, 50p from each one served goes to Social Bite, an amazing local charity that feeds, employs and empowers homeless people to build sustainable lives.
The new Set Lunch Menu, 2/3 courses £25/£28, and Summer Specials, will be available for lunch only, 12-3pm Monday to Saturday from Monday, 8th July. View the full menu here.
We can’t recommend the Hawksmoor enough. It never fails to amaze and to top it off, the staff (and the cocktails they make) are brilliant. Hoorah for the Hawksmoor!