Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review

Posted in WinterLondon

Oftentimes, I find myself in the haze and daze of Piccadilly Circus. Press week, quick breakfast meetings, and shopping/errands to pick up bits for fashion editorials take me there. The locals are rushing, the tourists are meandering about from one shop to the next with a suitcase to hold their spendings, and with my headphones on I feel like a rock in the current. For some reason, I think the most appropriate song in this situation is “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man. Just seems fitting.

Nestled in just a little quiet enclave off of Shaftesbury Avenue where Piccadilly Circus’s energy just lightens stands Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar. Inviting with its veranda speckled with warm, woolly blankets for the winter’s brave, but will be the place to be come spring and summer. We walked through the doors and were greeted by a gorgeous bar that boasted a chandelier that adorned it from above. There were half-moon booths that transported me to those typical American steakhouse scenes, but Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar making it their own with a smooth-cool palette.

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review

What I Wore

dungarees c/o BAUKJEN silk shirt c/o GREAT PLAINS heels c/o BODEN sunnies c/o BODEN

We followed the brass-lined bar to a little corner sat under a skylight where we could people watch and started with a cocktail each—a chili martini for the brave with its in-house infused vodka. Vanilla notes at first taste, with a subtle kick at the end and the vibrancy at first sight. But for the ones who are looking for something more familiar, Kiki’s mojito is that perfect blend of sweet-refreshing-crisp. Like the real pickle enthusiast as I am {you know this if you follow me on Instagram}, we munched on the mixed vegetable house pickles and then ordered our starters with the help of the waiter…

We wanted to start a bit on the lighter side because we knew what was to come. The rib croquettes {though not too entirely light} had us salivating from the beginning, so we selected those without a second thought-moreish, but light at the first crunch and fresh with its herby sauce. The octopus pulled smoky flavors from the unexpected aubergine. The winner, for me, was the sea bass carpaccio playing with spice, delicateness, and citrus components.

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review

Before the last cheeky quarter spoonful of the croquette’s herby sauce, we received our main. The cote de beouf, from the French classic, is a cut known for its succulence characterized by its marbling. The meat was perfectly caramelized giving it a lot of flavor—especially paired with the marrow-peppercorn sauce. I truly think Piccadilly is crying for a proper steakhouse: one that knows how to source its meat, cuts it thick, cooks it with the right ratio of char and pink. Bringing British beef to the forefront, Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar does it all pretty well. I’m all for interaction, which is why I love small plates, and the idea of sharing a beautiful platter of meat obviously wins my heart.

The mashed potatoes, we expected bits, was smooth and buttery. The avocado salsa transported me back to California taco stand days. The tender stem broccoli was buttery to taste and crisp to the bite.

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review

If you’re a simple steak eater and long a not-too-fussy sauce, the house steak sauce is gorgeous. Smells like ketchup, but true sweet flavors that oddly will remind you of Tennessee barbecue. That sticky-sweet, finger-licking quality. Goes beautifully against the char bits.

We finish with arguing over the sticky toffee pudding with in-between bites of the charred panna cotta, which brings flavors from the entrees back. Classic cocktails on hand {for me, always a negroni}, we soon sauntered out bellies full and happy hearts. Looking back at the table, nothing was left, and that just proved how the meal really was… doesn’t it?

Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar Review