“Good for lunch, better for dinner”
I was reluctant to write a review on Sophie’s Steakhouse as it was hard to decide if they were a steakhouse doing lots of other dishes (including fish and chips) or a restaurant serving steaks as part of the menu. However, considering the quality of the meat and the atmosphere I find myself obliged to write one.
I have been to Sophie’s at lunch and dinner times on different occasions and it was a completely different experience at each. Lunch time it reminds more of a cafe where families arriving with kids to have long, lazy weekend lunches – including myself. During the night however, Sophie’s turns to an elegant and slightly magical venue thanks to creative lighting arrangements.
As they do not accept bookings you should be prepared to wait for a while if you arrive at a busy time. The bar area which is quite nice itself makes the wait easier. If there are no free tables you are given a number on arrival and told to monitor your number on the digital displays on the wall – hi-tech solution to a simple problem. However, what you are not told is that the numbers do not increase sequentially. If you see a number higher than yours do not run to the reception desk to argue unless you are keen to make it obvious that it is your first time at Sophie’s.
Among starters Carpaccio and Grilled Scallops stand out and I find both equally well prepared and delicious.
On my both visits I found Sophie’s steaks comparable to more expensive steakhouses. The tenderness of the steaks confirms their claim that they use British beef, naturally raised and dry aged for 28 days. I ordered medium-rare on both occasions and my steak was cooked to perfection each time.
Steaks come with Béarnaise Sauce and a pile of chips although they have a decent list of side dishes. Not ideal but not a big deal either. They also promote their own brand of steak sauce which is a tomato based sweet and sour sauce. In spite of its “secret” recipe steak lovers might find it a bit distracting especially considering that the fact that it doesn’t really create an amusing combination with béarnaise.
Sophie’s is a decent steak destination if you would like to eat something around Covent Garden and it is highly recommended.
Great for – a night out with friends, a family lunch on a weekend
Top tip – Although tempting, don’t play with the hanging light decorations
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