If you’ve got hankering for steak, look no further than London’s bursting-at-the-seams steakhouse scene. However, with giants like Gaucho, Hawksmoor and CUT at 45 Park Lane charging up to £140 for 8oz Rib Eye Steak, it can feel a little like the classic steakhouse date night has entered ‘why are we re-mortgaging the house for a piece of Waygu’ territory. Lucky for us, steak saviours Flat Iron have started the revolution, fighting back against the £5 béarnaise sauce elite, with affordable, high-quality meats in a low-key setting.
Joining the crusade are Fulham high street new-kids-on-the-block, Hanger SW6, who pride themselves on the simplicity of their ingredients and suppers. Opened for soft launch in May 2016, Hanger SW6 offers a carefully curated menu, designed to showcase their beloved Hanger steak (skirt steak in the UK, or onglet en francais). Chosen for its rich flavour, Hanger steak is normally considered a ‘bistro’ steak, and has sadly never been as popular as cuts such as sirloin, rump, or fillet – until now.
The decor has been carefully thought out, creating a spacious but intimate atmosphere off a bustling west-London high street (which, if you’ve ever eaten out in London, you’ll know is no mean feat). Whilst the mood was definitely right, we couldn’t wait to get our mitts on the food. Normally when eating in a steakhouse, we forego starters and desserts to ensure we can order as much meat as humanly possible, however, on this occasion we were right to stray from the tried and tested.
Starting off with a salted beef croquet, we were pleasantly surprised by the lack of stodgy potato filling, which was instead replaced by a creamy béchamel filling. The beef itself was deliciously juicy and went perfectly with the chimichurri sauce brought on the side. All in all, if you can finish a croquette without feeling like your hands are as greasy as an oil slick, you’re doing well. We were thrilled with the salt & vinegar squid, which was perfectly seasoned, not at all greasy, and was extremely light (even with the lemon oil aioli). We were so pleased with the starters in fact that we suggest you try them, no matter how keen you are to get straight on to business…
Speaking of which, you may be surprised to learn that as a Steakhouse, Hanger SW6 only has one steak option – a charcoal grilled Hanger steak, available in a rather vague ‘small’ or ‘large’. The large is designed for two people, and so, as on any good date, we decided to share our meal together so we could ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ in unison. Whilst a Hanger steak can’t compare to the flavour of say a ribeye, or the texture of a chateaubriand, the salty charred edges were deliciously moreish and we both agreed that whilst Hawksmoor it was not, Hanger SW6 makes a pretty mean steak. We recommend getting the soy glaze to add a little zhuzh if you like your steaks full of flavour.
Unfortunately the tempting sounding pit charred swordfish had already sold out by the time we had arrived (all the more reason to return), so instead we feasted on sides. If you are a chip lover, you cannot miss out on trying the triple cooked chips with garlic and rosemary salt. The perfect level of crispy, salty and fluffy – these babies were heavenly (and extremely hard to share). Add in a good dollop of bone marrow béarnaise and we’re sold every day of the week.
By sharing a main (in the name of romance), we were free to gorge on individual puddings (less romantic). The chocolate orange brownie is a true glutton’s treat, and is served with cornflake ice cream (if your sweet tooth hadn’t been hit hard enough). On the other side of things, the Sunday mess was fluffy, light, saccharine sweet, and everything you’d want out of a summer dessert. Delicious.
Once you’re done staring into each other’s eyes over strawberries and cream, head downstairs to the beautifully done out bar area, where you can indulge in the Hanger SW6 cocktail creations and recline on the retro chesterfield-style sofas. Bringing an altogether different vibe to the upstairs restaurant, the basement bar is equally dreamy in a more low-key way. A perfect place to spend the small hours with your loved one, and a tall drink of course.
461 North End Road